Democrats seek emergency hearings on Trump’s ouster of Jeff Sessions

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions Resigns

"He is a man of integrity who has served this nation well".

Sessions's interim replacement, his former chief of staff, Whitaker, has publicly criticised the Mueller probe for going beyond its remit.

Sessions recused himself from managing the investigation because of his own past involvement in the Trump campaign.

When asked whether Whitaker would now assume control over the Mueller investigation, U.S. Justice Department spokesperson Sarah Flores said Whitaker would be "in charge of all matters" under the purview of the department.

Whitaker has not been a fan.

He went on to call on Mr Rosenstein to "order Mueller to limit the scope of the investigation" or risk the inquiry starting "to look like a political fishing expedition".

A personal connection to a Mueller witness is unlikely to sway Whitaker or the White House when it comes to recusal, as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein supervised the probe despite being a witness himself.

The special counsel also has brought charges against Trump's former campaign chair and other campaign figures, along with 25 Russians and three firms accused of meddling in the campaign to help Trump win. The president's lawyers have argued he has vast privilege under the Constitution to hire or dismiss almost anyone within the executive branch.

"The president is entitled to an attorney general he has faith in", he said. "I want that curtain ripped aside".

Other protests against Trump in Vancouver have drawn crowds in the thousands. The president had long complained about Sessions recusing himself from supervising Mueller.

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"For me, I saw the impact of marijuana on our border", he said, presumably referring to his time as a United States attorney. He'll likely be remembered as the worst Attorney General in American history. Mueller and Trump's lawyers have negotiated for months about a possible interview, with no agreement in sight. "Special Counsel Mueller must be allowed to complete his work without interference-regardless of who is AG". The move has sparked concern that Whitaker would end or hamper the investigation. Democrats cited his past comments about Mueller as evidence that he too must recuse.

In an op-ed Whitaker wrote previous year, he argued that "any investigation into President Trump's finances or the finances of his family would require Mueller to return to Rod Rosenstein for additional authority under Mueller's appointment as special counsel".

The senator said he found the timing of Sessions' departure "very suspect" and suggested it would cause a "constitutional crisis" if Trump made the move as a "prelude" to limiting the Russian Federation investigation.

Answering allegations that the White House had used a clip edited by a notorious right-wing conspiracy theorist, Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said: "We stand by our statement".

He ran for Iowa state treasurer in 2002, years before making his failed 2014 U.S. Senate.

He was the co-chairman of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry's 2012 Iowa campaign for president, and campaigned himself for the Senate seat opened by the retirement of Democrat Tom Harkin. He has twice failed in bids for statewide elected office, most recently losing the 2014 GOP primary for the U.S. Senate to now-Sen.

Mitt Romney, the Republican Party's 2012 presidential nominee who won the Utah race on Tuesday to become a USA senator, also said Mueller's probe should not be affected by Sessions' dismissal.

Gustoff said he, Whitaker and Hagenow founded their law firm with common conservative beliefs and the goal of serving their faith, families and Iowans rather than exclusively to make money.

"I am not concerned about anything with the Russian investigation, because it is a hoax", he said.

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