With new Justice official, fate of Russian Federation probe in question

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions Resigns

Trump's firing of Jeff Sessions draws question mark over fate of Russia probe

As acting Attorney-General, Mr Whitaker can now tell Mr Mueller what areas to investigate or leave alone.

Donald Trump emerged from midterm elections promising cooperation only to plunge Washington into turmoil Thursday over suspicions that he's trying to kill the Russian Federation collusion probe and an extraordinary intensification of his war with journalists.

He could also refuse to sign off on a subpoena of Trump if the president refuses to voluntarily speak to investigators.

Whitaker, a former US attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, had served as Sessions's chief of staff since September 2017.

Here is a look at how Whitaker might stop or slow the Mueller investigation and the risks he might run in doing so.

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The de facto firing, which came a day after Democrats gained control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections, raised fears that President Donald Trump may be stepping up efforts to shut down the Russian Federation investigation that has dogged his presidency for months. That's because, Trump said, he wanted the Secretary of State to join him in Washington.

"Essentially we need to shame him into acting in compliance with the law", she said.

The deputy attorney general appointed Mr Mueller to lead the inquiry after Mr Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in 2017. "Special Counsel Mueller must be allowed to complete his work without interference-regardless of who is AG". "And I think there will come a time, sooner rather than later, where it will be time to have a new face and a fresh voice at the Department of Justice". He has previously said that he saw no basis for firing Mueller. A court might then issue a temporary restraining order blocking his removal.

The deputy attorney-general, now Rosenstein, would normally be in line to become the acting attorney-general, but Trump has complained publicly about Rosenstein, too.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., who is likely to become head of the Judiciary Committee as Democrats gain control of the House next year, said "it would be wholly inappropriate for Mr. Whitaker to supervise the special counsel investigation given his documented history of opposition to it".

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"At your request, I am submitting my resignation".

The possibility that Sessions was sacked could open Whitaker's appointment to court challenge by a range of people, including Mueller, impacted by his actions.

"As the attorney general has repeatedly said, she has not yet made a decision as to what she will do next", Bondi spokesman Whitney Ray said in an email to CNN.

Short of legislation meant to protect Mr Mueller, which is unlikely to pass, there is little Congress can do to challenge Mr Whitaker's oversight of Mr Mueller, said Mr Rosenzweig.

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