Mueller team begins writing final report

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 9, 2018

Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team of prosecutors are in the process of writing a final report on the almost 18-month long investigation into Russian meddling during the 2016 election, sources tell ABC News.

While most Republicans remained silent about the firing of Mr Sessions - among them SC senator Lindsey Graham, who said previous year there would be "hell to pay" if the attorney general was got rid off - three senior members of the party urged Mr Trump to allow Mr Mueller complete his probe.

Congressional Democrats, concerned about protecting Mueller, called on Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing the investigation in its final but potentially explosive stages. As acting attorney general, he will be well positioned to rein in the special counsel. "This would not only be out of character for a respected figure like Mueller, but also could be damaging to the President of the United States and his family - and by extension, to the country", he wrote.

He added that Trump's main problem with Jeff Sessions, whose resignation the president eventually demanded, was because the former senator had recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation, and not that he did "anything wrong or anything on immigration or national security or any other issue".

The Mueller investigation has so far produced 32 criminal charges and four guilty pleas from Trump associates. After Pawlenty's bid fizzled, he served in the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns of Rick Perry, the former Texas governor who is now energy secretary. "I just know what I've read and that he was critical in the past of the special counsel's investigations, which obviously raises concerns", King said.

The Mueller team is seeking information related to Roger Stone, a longtime Trump adviser who has been at the center of the Mueller probe in recent weeks. Mueller and Trump's lawyers have negotiated for months about a possible interview, with no agreement in sight.

"Many experts view Trump's firing yesterday of Attorney Jeff Sessions as a potential obstruction of justice attempt", said organizers of the protest, including Democrats Abroad Vancouver.

Mr Sessions became the first casualty of a cabinet shakeup that had been expected from Mr Trump following the midterm elections on Tuesday.

"Everybody is in love", he said at a White House press conference.

Since stepping into his new role on Wednesday, Whitaker has faced questions - principally from Democrats - about whether he should recuse from the Russian Federation investigation, given that he has written opinion pieces in the past about the investigation, and is a friend and political ally of a witness.

Rosenstein remains at the department and could still be involved in oversight. He has previously said that he saw no basis for firing Mueller.

Cavuto said that Trump can fire or solicit resignations from anyone as chief executive. 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. Chuck Schumer, said he should recuse himself because of his comments on the probe. Rep. "This must begin immediately, and if not, then a Democratic Congress will make this a priority in January", Nadler said.

Overseeing it all is Whitaker, a former college football player and United States attorney from Iowa who was brought into the Justice Department a year ago to serve as Sessions' chief of staff.

Whitaker is expected to assume oversight of Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. In that role, the telegenic former college football player managed attorneys who prosecuted federal crimes and represented the government in civil matters in half of Iowa.

He also announced media leak crackdowns and tougher policies against opioids, and his Justice Department defended a since-abandoned administration policy that resulted in migrant parents being separated from their children at the border. Whitaker did, however, believe that Sessions had no choice but to recuse himself from the matter, the person said.

"I'm disappointed in the attorney general for many reasons", Trump told reporters in September.

David Bosel, a retired political scientist, described Trump's attempts to scupper the Mueller investigation as "dictatorial" and accused most Republicans in Congress of helping Trump tilt the USA towards "fascism". He did not respond when asked why he was there.

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