The attorneys general from OR and Washington have joined 16 of their Democratic colleagues in calling for Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into contacts between President Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation.
Matthew Whitaker, chief of staff to Sessions, was named acting attorney general until a permanent replacement can be decided on.
DOJOn his way out the door yesterday, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions took credit for reversing an upswing in violent crime. He said he had been talking to his colleagues about pushing ahead with investigations, starting with Mr Trump's tax returns.
The rushed appointment "is unconstitutional". Democrats are particularly interested in how Whitaker will oversee the Mueller probe, given his past comments questioning the scope of the investigation. This effectively pushed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein out of the position to oversee the Mueller probe while Whitaker takes over. "He said it should be shut down. Once woken, we will never go back to sleep and we intend to be out here flooding the streets to protect the Mueller investigation and our democracy from the Russians".
Trump abruptly altered the chain of command above Mueller on Wednesday, putting his work under the supervision of a Republican loyalist who has been openly skeptical of the special counsel's authority and has mused about ways to curtail his power.
But if anything, the election aftermath has featured even hotter controversy than before, whether over Mueller or Trump's other favorite bugbear - the media.More news: Susan Westwood Arrested for Harassing 2 Black Women in Charlotte Parking Lot
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump's legal team has begun working with the president to craft responses to questions from Mueller's team as part of their investigation, sources close to Trump told ABC.
The row, carried live on national TV networks, was followed by Trump issuing angry put-downs to several other reporters.
Mueller's probe looks to establish whether Trump or his campaign actively colluded with them to steal the White House. "We still have a say no matter what Donald Trump thinks", Viola said.
"They can play that game but we can play it better, because we have a thing called the United States Senate", the president said. That has convinced many opponents of Trump that the president has Mueller in his crosshairs.
In 2017, Whitaker wrote an opinion piece featured on CNN titled "Mueller's investigation of Trump is going too far".
Sessions had been an avid supporter from the beginning of the Trump campaign, but ran afoul of the President when he recused himself from the probe on Russia's interference after it was revealed that Sessions had had two meetings with the former ambassador from Russia, Sergey Kislyak.
Those actions could involve seeking new indictments from a grand jury or a subpoena forcing Trump to sit for an interview.