Trump fires US Attorney General Jeff Sessions

09 Novembre, 2018, 06:30 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Chris Christie

Trump had repeatedly been talked out of firing Sessions until after the midterms, but he told confidants in recent weeks that he wanted Sessions out as soon as possible after the elections, according to a Republican close to the White House who was not authorized to publicly discuss private conversations.

Sessions recused himself from overseeing a probe in March 2017, shortly after taking office. Rosenstein signed off on multiple Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications to extend surveillance on Trump campaign aide Carter Page, who was unfairly accused of being a Russian spy.

In this April 24, 2014, file photo, then-Iowa Republican senatorial candidate and former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker watches before a live televised debate in Johnston, Iowa.

One of the exceptions, Senator Susan Collins, said non-interference in the Mueller probe was "imperative".

CNN reports that Christie is not believed to have met with the president Thursday.

"[Whitaker] is a strong supporter of President Trump's agenda on religious liberty, immigration, drugs, violent crime, and protecting the rule of law", a senior Trump administration official who was not authorized to speak on the record tells Conservative Review.

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of CT also criticized Whitaker's appointment.

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".

"The president's actions have plunged the country into peril", the Democrats added.

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Clovis, the 2016 Trump campaign national co-chairman, said in a May radio interview that he has been interviewed by the special counsel's team and had testified before the Mueller grand jury.

The Democrats, who won the House in the mid-terms, have vowed to protect it.

Whitaker, who was Sessions' chief of staff, has faced criticism since Wednesday afternoon's announcement for his previous comments on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

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

He also said the line of succession within the Justice Department does not include the chief of staff and the fact that someone in that position would be made acting attorney general is "very odd". That information would be disclosed to Congress at the end of the investigation, the regulations say. He and his Senate counterpart, California Democrat Sen.

In Washington, DC, protesters called on Democrat and Republican legislators to put partisan divisions aside to avoid the possibility of a constitutional crisis.

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".

Nevertheless he appealed to Republicans not "beholden" to Donald Trump to reign in any attempt to fire Mueller.

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