Whitaker was campaign chairman for Mueller witness

Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general at Trump's request

Clovis, the 2016 Trump campaign national co-chairman, said in a May radio interview that he has been interviewed by the special counsel's team and had testified before the Mueller grand jury.

How could Whitaker impede Mueller without firing him?

President Trump is considering a retired federal appeals court judge who also served on the California Supreme Court as the next US attorney general following the Wednesday resignation of Jeff Sessions, according to reports. "That goes beyond the scope of the appointment of the special counsel", Whitaker wrote. It does not take a lawyer or even a former federal prosecutor like myself to conclude that investigating Donald Trump's finances or his family's finances falls completely outside of the realm of his 2016 campaign and allegations that the campaign coordinated with the Russian government or anyone else.

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.

"I am committed to leading a fair Department with the highest ethical standards, that upholds the rule of law, and seeks justice for all Americans", Whitaker said.

The announcement set off a frenzy inside the White House, with Trump directing his White House counsel to call Sessions beforehand and urge him not to step aside.

With the midterms over, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is believed to be preparing fresh indictments against Trump campaign figures, possibly including his son Donald Trump Jr. and a former campaign consultant Roger Stone, and could press for the president himself to answer questions.




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

Sessions endured most of the name-calling in silence, though he did issue two public statements defending the department, including one in which he said he would serve "with integrity and honor" for as long as he was in the job. In fact, Mr Whitaker told CNN past year that a future attorney general could limit Mr Mueller by reducing the budget "so low that his investigations grinds to nearly a halt". This is the first time in U-S history a president attacks a Cabinet member as frequently and harshly in public.

Trump has long expressed frustration with Sessions over his recusal from the Justice Department's Russian Federation investigation.

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.

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

A replacement for Mr Mueller though would have no such constraints, potentially allowing Mr Trump to hamstring the investigators.

Mr Whitaker is considered by some as partisan at best and a Trump loyalist at worst.

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