Donald Trump fires US Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Posted November 09, 2018

Those close to him have also said he would not approve any request to subpoena the president.

Under the call to action "Nobody Is Above The Law", the rallies are meant to underscore the importance of keeping active and independent the federal probe being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible ties between Russian Federation and President Trump's campaign.

The organization behind the protests, MoveOn, made a quick call to action using the banner "Nobody is above the law - Mueller protection rapid response". Justice Department officials said that under normal circumstances, the deputy attorney general would likely play an active, hands-on role in overseeing such a high-profile probe.

In July 2017, he said during an interview on CNN that he could envision a scenario under which a temporary attorney-general doesn't fire Mueller but rather "just reduces his budget to so low that his investigations grinds to nearly a halt". Trump, who denies any collusion, has long complained about the probe, calling it a witch-hunt.

An ever-more exasperated Trump ordered him to give up the mic and Acosta refused, with Trump branding him an "enemy of the people" and a "rude, bad person". The other one was, reportedly, vice president. "This is a moment for all of us to come together and preserve the rule of law in the U.S".

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"Sometimes the voters need to do more than vote", she said.

Spats between Trump and journalists can sometimes seem circus-like, but critics say the president's hot temper illustrates his deeper disdain for Washington norms - and allegedly for the law.

At a protest in support of Mueller outside the White House, a crowd of several hundred protesters shouted anti-Trump slogans. "They went after people with tax problems, from years ago. Had nothing to do with my campaign".

"We're here because Trump replaced Sessions and installed someone who will do his bidding, who has voiced his hostility to the Bob Mueller investigation", said Mary Melancon, 75, of Tampa. Trump told associates that he felt that Whitaker would be "loyal" and would not have recused himself from the Russian Federation probe as Sessions had done, according to two Republicans close to the White House not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations. An infuriated Trump responded by repeatedly and publicly seeking to humiliate Sessions.

When confronted with his previous comments on Thursday, Graham chuckled. That has convinced many opponents of Trump that the president has Mueller in his crosshairs.

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He added that if the firing of Mr Sessions is not immediately investigated, the Democratic Congress would make it a priority when it is sworn in in January.

In Washington, DC, protesters called on Democrat and Republican legislators to put partisan divisions aside to avoid the possibility of a constitutional crisis.

It is not obstruction of justice if the president does it.

"I'm confident the White House is looking for someone who the president and country can have confidence in, and be confirmed by the Senate", Graham said in a statement.

Republicans, however, have been mostly silent.

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