U.S. President Donald Trump announced by tweet that 49-year-old Matthew Whitaker, Sessions's former chief of staff, would take over as acting attorney general until a permanent replacement is found at a later date.
Congressional Democrats, concerned about protecting Mueller, called on Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing the investigation in its final but potentially explosive stages.
Sessions departs as the nation's top law enforcement officer while Special Counsel Robert Mueller, operating under the auspices of the Justice Department, pursues a wide-ranging Russian Federation investigation that already has yielded a series of criminal charges against several of Trump's associates and has dogged his presidency. Trump, who denies any collusion, has long complained about the probe, calling it a witch-hunt. Whitaker did, however, believe that Sessions had no choice but to recuse himself from the matter, the person said.
Democratic Representative Jerrold Nadler, who is in line to become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee in January, said it is "wholly inappropriate" for Whitaker to take over the Mueller probe and that Rosenstein should continue overseeing it. The undated letter was then sent to the White House. Sessions had endured months of public abuse from Trump, who soured on Sessions because he recused himself from oversight of the Russian Federation investigation shortly after he arrived at the Justice Department.
"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. Chuck Schumer, said he should recuse himself because of his comments on the probe. Rep.
Since he accepted his position in 2017, Sessions and President Trump have gone from allies to opponents, with Trump growing increasingly critical of Sessions' work as head of the Department of Justice. Nadler and other Democrats on the committee suggested the shakeup appears to be an effort to alter oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe in a way that favors the president. The day of action organized by the nonprofit progressive group MoveOn an dubbed the "Mueller Protection Rapid Response" had been pre-planned in the event Sessions was pushed out of office.
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The Democrats said they also want the Justice Department to protect the integrity of Mueller's investigation and to preserve relevant documents.
Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME criticized Trump for stripping Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein of his role overseeing the probe.
The broadsides escalated in recent months, with Trump telling an interviewer that Sessions "never had control" of the Justice Department.
Whitaker was a hard-charging top aide to Sessions, imposing on the Justice Department his personal philosophy of starting with the end in mind.
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