Sessions’ firing threatens Mueller's Russia probe

2018-11-08 02:06:00 GMT2018-11-08 10:06:00(Beijing Time) Sina English

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been a dead man walking for months. On Wednesday, just one day after the midterm election, President Donald Trump finally put him out of his misery — while opening the way for more misery for the nation.

Sessions in March 2017recused himself from the Justice Department’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.

That led to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Trump was outraged, and his attacks on Sessions, one of his earliest and staunchest supporters, only grew more derisive over time.

Worse than Sessions’ ouster is Trump’s choice of his replacement. The president quickly named Matthew Whitaker, who has been Sessions’ chief of staff, to be acting attorney general, giving him oversight of Mueller, who has already indicted or gotten guilty pleas from more than 30 people and won a conviction against former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort.

Whitaker, in a CNN interview last year,  spun out a scenario where Sessions might be replaced by an acting attorney general who “doesn’t fire Bob Mueller” but starves the investigation with budget cuts.

 

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