Stephen Colbert Trashes Donald Trump’s Sacking Of Attorney Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general at Trump's request

Jeff Sessions was asked to submit his resignation as US Attorney General.

Trump, who has been sparring with Sessions for months, tweeted the news that Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker will become the nation's new acting AG. As a commentator for CNN, he has expressed skepticism about the probe. "Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russian Federation 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing", Whitaker wrote in the piece.

"Since the day I was honored to be sworn in as Attorney General of the United States, I came to work at the Department of Justice every day determined to do my duty and serve my country", Sessions said in the letter.

Both Whitaker and Clovis are rooted in Iowa politics, and both ran for the 2014 Republican Senate nomination.

Can Whitaker be forced to rescue himself?

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

That duty has belonged to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller and closely monitors his work.

"He worships him", a longtime friend said of Whitaker and Trump.

"You can't blame Sessions for recusing himself!"

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

Mr Sessions' firing immediately threw into question whether the 18 month old Mueller probe will be able to continue unimpeded. "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".

"I don't think Whitaker has good cause to fire Mueller".

The investigation has so far produced 32 criminal charges and guilty pleas from four former Trump aides. The law was meant to address vacancies created by deaths or resignations, but it is not clear it also applies to those created by firings.

"There is some confusion among stupid people as to whether Sessions was sacked or resigned", Colbert said. "At your request, I am submitting my resignation", Sessions wrote to the president Wednesday. Soon after, the president announced Whitaker's appointment on Twitter.

Mr Nadler said the committee has demanded that key officials preserve documents related to the firing, to make sure that the investigation and any evidence remained safe from improper interference or destruction.

"The system is not just five judges that are conservative on the Supreme Court".

The president also warned the Democrats against investigating him, after taking over the House in the midterm elections. Why is the President making this change and who has authority over Special Counsel Mueller's investigation?

Mr Whitaker would be required to notify Congress of such a decision. In that scenario, Mueller's budget could be reduced "so low that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt", Mr. Whitaker said during a July 2017 interview with CNN. During the 2016 presidential primary season, Bondi said she had been friends with Mr. Trump "for many years".

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