Chris Christie On Short List To Replace Jeff Sessions As Attorney General

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Alabama’s spectacular Senator … again

Nadler says he wants to know why Trump is making the change and "who has authority over Special Counsel Mueller's investigation?". He previously wrote an opinion piece for CNN entitled "Muellers investigation of Trump is going too far" that said Trump's personal finances should be considered off-limits. Republicans preserved their hold on the Senate and increased their majority slightly, making it likelier that Trump will be able to confirm a replacement.

Mueller's team effectively worked behind closed doors in the months leading up to the 2018 midterms, taking little to no action publicly.

"The forced firing of Attorney General Sessions appears to be part of an ongoing pattern of behavior by the president seeking to undermine (the) investigation into Russian interference", said the letter to Goodlatte, written by Representative Jerrold Nadler, the committee's top Democrat, and 16 other Democrats who sit on the panel.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pushed out after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks from President Donald Trump, who inserted in his place a Republican Party loyalist with authority to oversee the remainder of the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation.

Trump said at the news conference that he wanted the Mueller probe to end, calling it "very unfair". Mueller and Trump's lawyers have negotiated for months about a possible interview, with no agreement in sight.

He cited election exit polls which showed more voters disapprove of the Mueller investigation than approve. "We therefore ask that you immediately provide us with all orders, notices, and guidance regarding preservation of information related to these matters and investigations", they added, in letter sent to officials including Whitaker, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and FBI Director Christopher Wray.

The president's attorney Rudy Giuliani told the Washington Post in August that, if Trump is subpoenaed to testify, they are ready to 'argue it before the Supreme Court'. And the department is expected to receive a confidential report of Mueller's findings, though it's unclear how much will be public. Four former Trump campaign officials - including his onetime national security adviser Michael Flynn and campaign chairman Paul Manafort - are among those who have pleaded guilty.

Although the probe was launched to investigate any "links/coordination" between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, Mueller is believed to be focusing now on whether Trump obstructed justice through acts including firing former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey.

That left Whitaker in charge, at least for now, though Democrats, including Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen.

Bipartisan bills to protect Mueller from politically motivated removal have been introduced in the House and Senate.

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