Don't touch Russian Federation investigation, Mitt Romney tells Trump

Blanche Robertson
November 9, 2018

President Trump is considering appointing former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) to replace Jeff Sessions as attorney general, CBS News reported.

Donald Trump emerged from midterm elections promising cooperation only to plunge Washington into turmoil Thursday over suspicions that he's trying to kill the Russian Federation collusion probe and an extraordinary intensification of his war with journalists.

"The firing of Sessions is widely viewed as a possible attempt to obstruct the ongoing special counsel investigation being conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice and headed by former FBI director Robert Mueller", said the organizers in a release.

As Sessions' deputy, Rod Rosenstein has been the authority over Mueller's probe, but multiple media outlets are reporting that he has officially been removed from oversight of the investigation.

Whitaker, in a Justice Department statement released on Wednesday evening said, "I am committed to leading a fair department with the highest ethical standards, that upholds the rule of law, and seeks justice for all Americans".

When Democrats assume control of House committees next year, they will direct everything from the subject matter of investigations to the timing and substance of committee hearings.

Mr Sessions resigned at the request of the president.

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Under the special counsel regulation, Mr Whitaker has the power to block any "investigative or procedural step" Mueller recommends, such as bringing an indictment or subpoena, if he determines it to be "inappropriate or unwarranted under established Departmental practices".

Schumer called it "paramount" that Mueller's status be protected by the new attorney general.

The sacking followed months of Mr Trump criticising Mr Sessions, mainly for his decision to step aside from the Russian Federation inquiry in March 2017. Schumer and Democrat Nancy Pelosi, who is likely to become House speaker next year, called on Whitaker to recuse himself, with Schumer citing "his previous comments advocating defunding and imposing limitations on the Mueller investigation".

Christie is being floated as a candidate for attorney general, after President Trump forced out Jeff Sessions and installed a successor who has criticized the Mueller probe in the past.

Earlier, at a White House news conference, Trump said the Mueller investigation was not good for the United States.

On the very morning after Kobach lost his bid for the Governor's Mansion, a new job opening has some people thinking Kobach may get a spot in President Trump's Cabinet - and it may not take much more than two seconds. Trump said Wednesday that he did not plan to stop the investigation.

And there are thousands and thousands of career officials, agents, and prosecutors who swore an oath to the Constitution, and I trust and have faith that they're going to - they're going to do their allegiance to that oath.

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