With New Justice Official, Fate of Russia Probe in Question

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, said he was resigning at the request of US President Donald Trump on Nov 7 2018

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Trump originally said he fired Comey on the recommendation of Sessions and Rosenstein for mishandling the inquiry into Clinton's use of private email when she was secretary of state, although the president later acknowledged he acted because of Comey's pursuit of "this Russian Federation thing".

Sessions writes that it was "an incredible honor to work with people who day after day and year after year consistently exceeded expectations".

He wrote previous year on CNN.com that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should limit the scope of Mueller's investigation to stop him from delving into Trump's finances. "That goes beyond the scope of the appointment of the special counsel."Beyond the Mueller investigation, Whitaker revealed himself to be a hardline conservative when he ran for the U.S. Senate in 2014 before eventually losing in a primary to Sen".

Sessions' chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, has been named as acting attorney general.

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Hundreds of people plan to rally at the Capitol in downtown Sacramento on Thursday afternoon to show support for the ongoing Russian Federation investigation, part of a nationwide protest after the Wednesday ouster of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions by President Donald Trump.

A group of demonstrators in Jacksonville lined the side of San Jose Boulevard on Thursday evening, demanding that special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation be protected.

Trump had repeatedly been talked out of firing Sessions until after the midterms, but he told confidants in recent weeks that he wanted Sessions out as soon as possible after the elections, according to a Republican close to the White House who was not authorized to publicly discuss private conversations.

The department confirmed he would be assuming oversight of the Mueller probe from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

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Schumer says he finds the timing of Sessions' departure "very suspect". Eight guilty pleas have resulted so far, and one jury trial conviction. He was a George W. Bush loyalist - named a former USA attorney in Iowa under Bush - but like many others, he has become a big admirer of Trump along the way.

Trump is also mulling Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who is on her way out of office, as well as Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and former Attorney General William Barr, who served in President George H.W. Bush's administration. "Special Counsel Mueller must be allowed to complete his work without interference-regardless of who is AG".

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. Whitaker wrote. "If he doesn't, then Mueller's investigation will eventually start to look like a political fishing expedition".

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