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Mr Trump appointed Matthew Whitaker, formerly Mr Sessions' chief of staff, as acting attorney general under the US Vacancies Reform Act, which lays out general rules for temporarily filling vacant executive branch positions. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that "protecting Mueller and his investigation is paramount".

The Justice Department has declined to answer whether ethics officials have been asked to review if Whitaker should recuse himself from the Mueller probe. However, it would be an immediate priority for Democratic investigations when they officially take control of the House in January.

He said there are only three ways someone can become acting attorney general: if they are the deputy attorney general and the president signs an executive order to make them acting attorney general, if they are already at the Justice Department in a job that both required and received Senate confirmation or if the Senate in in recess, they can be a recess appointment. 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.

Sessions is departing as Mueller's Russian Federation investigation grinds on.

That left Rosenstein overseeing the investigation, and he named Mueller as special counsel.

Christie met with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner at the White House Thursday about prison reform, the White House told NJ Advance.

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.

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Please pray", she wrote. "A lovely soul." Adam is an alumni of Pepperdine University, the university which Alaina was attending. Borderline Bar and Grill, a popular country venue, was hosting its weekly college night when the attack occurred on Wednesday.

"Trump's actions are being compared with those of U.S. President Richard Nixon in one of the most controversial episodes of the Watergate scandal, the Saturday Night Massacre", said organizers.

Over the course of his investigation thus far, Mueller and his team of prosecutors indicted 32 individuals and three Russian businesses on charges ranging from computer hacking to conspiracy and financial crimes.

The Washington Post reported that Whitaker has no intention of recusing himself, following howls from Democrats about his past statements on the special counsel. And he's one step closer to being able to do just that.

Russian Federation denies meddling in the election, and Trump denies any "collusion" with Russian Federation.

"Trump putting himself above the law is a threat to our democracy, and we've got to get Congress to stop him", the group said on its website.

Sessions took the lead in imposing Trump's travel ban targeting a number of mostly Muslim nations, canceling the so-called Dreamer program that let the children of undocumented immigrants remain in the USA and forcing the separation of migrant families as part of a border crossing crackdown.


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