The move Wednesday has potentially ominous implications for special counsel Robert Mueller's probe given that the new acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, until now Sessions' chief of staff, has questioned the inquiry's scope and spoke publicly before joining the Justice Department about ways an attorney general could theoretically stymie the investigation. Nobody Is Above The Law said it wants Whitaker to recuse himself from supervising the investigation. - Donald Trump just crossed a red line, violating the independence of the investigation pursuing criminal charges in the Trump-Russia scandal and cover-up.
A day after Attorney General Jeff Sessions' forced resignation, independent U.S. Sen.
Sessions endured the name-calling in silence, even as he aggressively carried out the administration's conservative policies, such as stripping federal funding from so-called sanctuary cities and states and rescinding protection for young adults brought into the country illegally as children. He named Whitaker, 49, who had served as Sessions's chief of staff, as acting attorney general, overseeing the Justice Department. In an August 2017 op-ed for CNN, he argued that the scope should be narrowed only to direct interactions between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation, and not include anything pertaining to Trump's business interests or finances.
The deputy attorney general appointed Mr Mueller to lead the inquiry after Mr Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in 2017.
White House suspends CNN's Jim Acosta
Journalists assigned to cover the White House apply for passes that allow them daily access to press areas in the West Wing. Acosta told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Wednesday that he did not "put my hands on her or touch her as they're alleging".
Trump himself is also reportedly "very depressed" about the possibility of his son being indicted in the probe - as he continues to insist it is a "witch hunt".
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Executive Director Anthony Romero said in a statement on Wednesday that the US Senate must ensure that whomever Trump nominates to replace Sessions will not interfere in Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. In either (or both cases), Trump appeared to take the relatively modest losses in the mid-term polls, supplemented by gains in the Senate, as a signal to further consolidate his position, premised on his view (and that of his supporters) that the President is all-powerful and can do no wrong in the originalist interpretation of the US Constitution. Before joining the Justice Department, Whitaker was openly critical of the Mueller investigation. It includes questions about a 2016 Trump Tower meeting involving the president's son Donald Trump, Jr., and a Kremlin-connected lawyer offering damaging information about Democrat Hillary Clinton. "We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!"
"We are in the lowest of the low times", Samuelian said.
Whitaker is a former USA attorney from Iowa who founded a law firm with other Republican Party activists. "I'm not recused, you're not recused", Conway told reporters.
Some senior Republicans, such as former presidential candidate and Utah Senator-elect Mitt Romney, have urged Whitaker to allow the Mueller investigation to run unimpeded.