With new Justice official, fate of Russian Federation probe in question

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 9, 2018

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) once vowed that there would be "holy hell to pay" if President Donald Trump ever fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

"To have led a Department like this goes beyond anything I ever would have thought possible", he wrote.

"So with deference and respect to what the president's trying to do - he has every right to want whoever he wants to run the Justice Department - he has chosen someone who does not qualify under the law to be the acting attorney general of the United States", Napolitano said.

Sessions applauded department employees for achieving goals in reducing violent crime, homicides, opioid prescriptions and overdose deaths. "These accomplishments are your accomplishments-products of your work".

Mr Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker - who has been appointed the acting Attorney-General - will now oversee the probe, taking over from deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein, who held the responsibility since the recusal.

"Jeff Sessions for Senate in 2020!" Trump said Wednesday that he did not plan to stop the investigation.

Sessions' departure from the Justice Department was not unexpected, as the president has signaled for months that there would be changes to his administration after the midterms.

The ouster of Sessions ended a partnership that soured nearly from the start of the administration and degenerated into one of the most acrimonious public standoffs between a commander-in-chief and a senior Cabinet member in modern U.S. history.

After recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe, the staunchly conservative Sessions spent his time ramping up efforts to combat violent gangs, drug use and illegal immigration - all key components of Trump's law-and-order agenda.

"I don't think Whitaker has good cause to fire Mueller".

The ouster of Sessions came just a day after midterm elections that handed control of the House to Democrats, dealing a major blow to Trump for the final two years of his term.

Mr Trump has repeatedly pilloried his top law enforcement official since Mr Sessions stepped aside from the Russian Federation investigation in March 2017, allowing his deputy Rod Rosenstein to lead an inquiry that has dogged the White House.

Marijuana reform advocates have generally applauded the announcement of Sessions' resignation, as the now former attorney general has a long history of demeaning cannabis consumers, disregarding research about the benefits of medical marijuana, and upholding federal prohibition.

Sessions, a 71-year-old former Republican senator from Alabama, was the first senator to endorse Trump's insurgent presidential campaign. "Clearly, Attorney General Sessions doesn't have the confidence of the president". Here's what you should know about Sessions' replacement.

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