Can the new USA attorney general shut down the Mueller probe?

President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions in December 2017

President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions in December 2017

Mr Sessions was technically Mr Mueller's boss, but recused himself from the probe to avoid any conflict of interest because he had been an adviser on Mr Trump's election campaign, a decision which led to him falling out of the President's good graces.

Whitaker was hired as a CNN legal commentator past year for several months, before leaving the role in September 2017 to head to the Justice Department as chief of staff to now-former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

That is true with the Mueller investigation, and I think in terms of the prior comments of Mr. Whitaker, they need to be examined, and then there's a process within the Justice Department, with consultation with the ethics officials, to see whether or not it requires recusals.

Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat representing CT, took issue with the language around Sessions' resignation, noting the embattled AG was sacked by his boss and did not leave voluntarily.

The broadsides escalated in recent months, with Trump telling an interviewer that Sessions "never had control" of the Justice Department.

Trump's relationship with Sessions frayed just weeks into his tenure, when he stepped aside from the Russian Federation investigation.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions was sacked by Donald Trump Wednesday, casting a cloud over the Russian Federation investigation that has dogged the White House, a day after Republicans lost control over the lower house of Congress.

Khashoggi strangled in planned attacked, body dismembered - Turkish prosecutor
Germany has vowed to halt all German arms exports to Saudi Arabia until the killing of Khashoggi is explained. Erdogan has also called on Saudi Arabia to disclose who ordered Khashoggi's killing.

The outgoing Florida attorney general, Pam Bondi has always been a Trump ally. Today, he declared victory, taking claim for "Kavanaugh's Revenge" after Democrats failed to win enough seats to have a majority in the Senate.

"I'd rather answer that at a little bit different time". Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has overseen Mueller's work.

But Prof Clark said there was no clear enforcement action, like a lawsuit, that could force Mr Whitaker to recuse himself if he declined to follow the rule. And since Sessions technically resigned instead of forcing the White House to fire him, he opened the door under federal law to allowing the president to choose his successor instead of simply elevating Rosenstein, said University of Texas law professor Stephen Vladeck. He is only authorized to investigate matters that involved any potential links to and coordination between two entities - the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

He also announced media leak crackdowns and tougher policies against opioids, and his Justice Department defended a since-abandoned administration policy that resulted in migrant parents being separated from their children at the border.

Trump tweeted shortly after the resignation was announced, naming a temporary replacement of Sessions.

Mr Trump had wanted to fire Mr Sessions sooner, reported the Associated Press, but was persuaded by aides not to do so until after the midterm elections as it could have hurt the Republican party at the polls.

The top Democrat on the House oversight committee says Congress should investigate "the real reason" for the "termination" of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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