Will Mueller Be Fired by Acting Attorney General Whitaker?

Whitaker likes to talk about Mueller

Whitaker likes to talk about Mueller

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., urged Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, a probe Trump has called a "witch hunt".

According to two people familiar with the discussions who spoke to CBS' Major Garrett, the list of possible replacements will continue to grow over the next several days.

Republican sources in Iowa who know Whitaker described the onetime tight end for the University of Iowa football team and former U.S. Attorney as a loyal Republican and Trump loyalist.

Politico noted that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Sen.

Yet when Sessions got the boot on Wednesday ― his letter said he resigned at the president's request ― Graham offered a different message.

Mr Mueller is investigating alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, resulting in a series of criminal charges against several Trump associates. Jerry Nadler, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said he wants "answers immediately" and "we will hold people accountable".

In July 2017 Mr Trump told the New York Times: "Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else".

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A former college football player and USA attorney, Whitaker has been a frequent White House visitor and served as what one White House aide called a "balm" on the relationship between the President and the Justice Department.

In that scenario, Mueller's budget could be reduced "so low that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt", Whitaker said during an interview with CNN in July 2017 before he joined the Justice Department.

The president has repeatedly criticised Mr Sessions, a former Republican senator who was among the first to support Mr Trump's presidential candidacy.

He found satisfaction in being able to reverse Obama-era policies that conservatives say flouted the will of Congress, encouraging prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges they could and promoting more aggressive enforcement of federal marijuana law. For 18 months Rosenstein has allowed Mueller a generous budget and very broad mandate.

The switch, announced on Trump's Twitter feed, provoked instant consternation across Washington, where politicians from both sides of the aisle have long warned that political interference in Mueller's work can not be tolerated. No one faced more rumors of an imminent dismissal than Sessions.

Buzzfeed reporter Joe Bernstein is reporting that he asked an unnamed "political operative with the White House's ear if Kobach for AG is likely".

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