US Democrats seek emergency hearings on Trump's ouster of Jeff Sessions

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions Says Resigning At Trump's Request

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions Says Resigning At Trump's Request

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned at the request of President Donald Trump, according to a letter delivered to the White House, after becoming a target of the president's open contempt for ceding control of the Russian Federation investigation.

WASHINGTON-The ouster of Attorney General Jeff Sessions by President Donald Trump on Wednesday drew sharp criticisms from both Democrats and Republicans, who warned the latter against moving to squash a probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Reports claim that Special Counsel Mueller has begun writing his final report.

Senate Republicans could confirm a new AG on a simple party-line vote.

Democrats warned against interference in the probe.

"He wants a political crony to protect him from the investigation of his own campaign", she said.

He called on Whitaker to recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe because of previous comments about the investigation, echoing calls from other top Democrats.

Mr Whitaker can now assume control of the Mueller inquiry, which has been overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein until now. "I'd like to know the truth", said Pat Noga, an Emmaus resident.

"Committees of the United States Congress are conducting investigations parallel to those of the special counsel's office, and preservation of records is critical to ensure that we are able to do our work without interference or delay", the Democrats wrote. One of those offices, in NY, is leading an investigation involving the president's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, and hush money payments Cohen says he made to two women who say they had sex with Trump.

Mueller declined to comment, according to his spokesman, Peter Carr.

Even after he arrived at the Justice Department, Whitaker harbored frustration about the length of the special counsel probe and doubts about the scope of Mueller's authority, a person familiar with the matter said.

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At a protest in support of Mueller outside the White House, a crowd of several hundred protesters shouted anti-Trump slogans.

Despite Trump's criticism of the probe as a "witch-hunt", Sessions and Rosenstein both defended Mueller's integrity.

"Putin - a worldwide conspiracy of kleptocrats backing Putin is taking over our country in a very slow motion takeover".

Toomey said he had no reason to think the Mueller probe would be disrupted. He said that reasonable people can agree with Whitaker's perspective on the Mueller investigation, but "I'm sure that's something that got the president's attention".

Whitaker is a former US attorney from Iowa who founded a law firm with other Republican Party activists.

Mr Mueller is investigating alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, resulting in a series of criminal charges against several Trump associates.

With Democrats grabbing control of the House of Representatives, Nadler will become the chairman of the Judiciary Committee - and could preside over impeachment proceedings against Trump.

He named Whitaker, 49, who had served as Sessions's chief of staff, as acting attorney general, overseeing the Justice Department.

"The president's actions have plunged the country into peril", the Democrats added.

That left Whitaker in charge, at least for now, though Democrats, including Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen.

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