Democrats Seek Hearing on Trump’s Ouster of Sessions

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Congressional Democrats on Thursday demanded emergency hearings in the U.S. House of Representatives to investigate President Donald Trump’s ouster of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, calling the move an effort to undermine a federal probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

Trump forced the resignation of Sessions on Wednesday, a day after elections in which his fellow Republicans lost control of the House but increased their majority in the U.S. Senate.

In a letter saying a constitutional crisis was looming, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee demanded action from the committee’s Republican Chairman Bob Goodlatte, as well as bipartisan legislation to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller from any effort to stymie the probe.

Goodlatte’s office was not immediately available for comment.

Mueller is investigating Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 election and any collusion by Trump’s campaign. Trump, who denies any collusion, has long complained about the probe, calling it a witch-hunt. He had frequently publicly castigated Sessions for recusing himself last year from the case.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions stand for the national anthem at a graduation ceremony at the FBI Academy on the grounds of Marine Corps Base Quantico in Quantico, Virginia, U.S. December 15, 2017. Jonathan Ernst/File Photo/Reuters

Trump named Sessions’ chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, as acting attorney general, saying he would soon nominate a permanent replacement for review by the Senate.

That drew criticism from Democrats in Congress because Whitaker, who would now take over responsibility for overseeing Mueller and his investigation, has been critical of the Mueller probe, saying it should be scaled back.

A separate letter from the Democrats called on Whitaker to recuse himself and keep the Mueller investigation under the supervision of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, a career Justice Department official who has given the special counsel full scope to pursue leads. Rosenstein had the role of supervising the probe because of Sessions’ recusal.

The Democrats said they also want the Justice Department to protect the integrity of Mueller’s investigation and to preserve relevant documents.

“The forced firing of Attorney General Sessions appears to be part of an ongoing pattern of behavior by the president seeking to undermine (the) investigation into Russian interference,” said the letter to Goodlatte, written by Representative Jerrold Nadler, the committee’s top Democrat, and 16 other Democrats who sit on the panel.

“The president’s actions have plunged the country into peril,” the Democrats added. “By forcing the firing (of) the attorney general, the president now threatens the rule of law itself.”

Nadler is expected to become House Judiciary chairman when a new Democratic House majority, elected in Tuesday’s midterm elections, takes over in the new Congress that convenes in January.

When the Democrats take over the House, they are expected to launch numerous probes of Trump, his business interests and his administrations. At a news conference on Wednesday, the president threatened political warfare if Democrats exercise their new oversight power.

Moscow denies interfering in the 2016 election.

(Reporting by David Morgan; Additional reporting by Jonathan Landay; Editing by Frances Kerry)

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Patrick

The AG serves at the leisure of the President. IT IS NOT A GUARANTEED POSITION. you fuckin morons

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Christi? Got a more recent picture?

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Sessions should have been fired or asked to step down the day that he recused himself. The demoncraps calling for an investigation into President Trump firing Sessions would be them trying to influence the proper running of the Executive branch. The DOJ is under the Executive branch not the legislative… Read more »

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Patrick

Sessions proved to be absolutely incompetent as AG. Thats what happens when you cant do the job. You get fired

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DAVE M

Here we go…more of the same B.S. from Democrats. Sessions RECUSED himself from the probe. What the hell is there to investigate? He has had no involvement. All this crap is just going to continue, on both sides. This country is going down the crapper.

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Rocky Drummond

The investigation would be about the President influencing an investigation into himself, not an investigation into Sessions. Trump needs to be very, very careful here.

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The investigation would be about Trump exercising his Constitutional Right to pick and chose his Cabinet. PERIOD!

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banstan

and it starts

DAVE M
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DAVE M

Yup.

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