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Democrats Seek Hearing on Trump's Ouster of Sessions

09 November 2018, 04:11 | Darnell Patrick

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It was Clovis, no stranger to TV and radio himself, who encouraged Whitaker to get a regular commentary gig on cable television to get President Donald Trump's attention, according to friends who Whitaker told at the time.

Mr Whitaker has publicly criticised Mr Mueller's conduct several times since the inquiry began in May a year ago and taken the side of President Trump, who has frequently... Trump said Wednesday that he did not plan to stop the investigation.

"Sessions did not do the thing he could have done to better protect Rosenstein, and through Rosenstein, the Mueller investigation", Vladeck said.

Some Democrats also considered Sessions too eager to do Trump's bidding and overly receptive to his grievances.

The probe, led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller under the supervision of the Justice Department, has clouded the Trump presidency.

"We'll see what happens over the next few days, but it is a concern because (Preisdent Donald Trump) obviously was unhappy with Jeff Sessions because of his recusal, but Jeff Sessions did what the law required him to do", King said in an interview at the school.

Trump told associates that he felt that Whitaker would be "loyal" and would not have recused himself from the Russian Federation probe as Sessions had done, according to two Republicans close to the White House not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.

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Trump has made clear that he believes he has the power to fire Mueller altogether, through the leadership of the Justice Department or outside it.

The special counsel's office declined to comment Wednesday after Sessions' resignation. He did not mention that White House chief of staff John Kelly had called Sessions beforehand to ask for his resignation.

He was the co-chairman of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry's 2012 Iowa campaign for president, and campaigned himself for the Senate seat opened by the retirement of Democrat Tom Harkin.

Justice Department rules on special counsels set boundaries on how Mueller could be removed. He recused himself the next day, saying it would be inappropriate to oversee an investigation into a campaign he was part of. Whitaker was a vocal critic of the investigation prior to his appointment. He also announced media leak crackdowns, tougher policies against opioids and his Justice Department defended a since-abandoned administration policy that resulted in parents being separated from their children at the border. In a shocking special election, Sessions was replaced by Democrat Doug Jones a year ago, after the Republican candidate, former Alabama Judge Roy Moore, was publicly disgraced when allegations surfaced that he molested teenage girls when he was in his thirties.

Sessions endured most of the name-calling in silence, though he did issue two public statements defending the department, including one in which he said he would serve "with integrity and honor" for as long as he was in the job. He appointed Mueller in May 2017 as the Justice Department's special counsel to take control of the FBI's Russian Federation probe after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

Jerry Nadler, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said he wants "answers immediately" and "we will hold people accountable".

The Democrats, who won the House in the mid-terms, have vowed to protect it. The Justice Department, responding to a Washington Post report, soon acknowledged that Sessions had actually had two encounters during the campaign with the then-Russian ambassador.



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