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Donald Trump fires US Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Donald Trump fires US Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Donald Trump plunged Washington into turmoil over suspicions that he's trying to kill the Russian Federation collusion probe.

The investigation is looking into United States allegations of Russian meddling in the election two years ago and any possible co-ordination between Russian and the Trump campaign, which the president denies.

He once mused about a situation in which Trump could fire Sessions and then appoint an acting attorney general who could stifle the funding of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

President Trump's forcing out of Jeff Sessions has cast doubt on the future of Robert Mueller's investigation-especially since Sessions' replacement, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, has always been a critic of the probe.

The broadsides escalated in recent months, with Trump telling an interviewer that Sessions "never had control" of the Justice Department.

But Paul Rosenzweig, a former senior counsel to independent counsel Kenneth Starr, said he thought such a lawsuit would be unlikely to succeed because the US Supreme Court has said the president has wide latitude to fire executive branch officials. "No one is above the law", said Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. "Cox clashed with the White House over Nixon's refusal to release Oval Office recordings, some of which implicated the president in the (Watergate hotel) break-in".

But that love dried up as soon as reporters began asking questions that Trump found offensive. Shortly after, the White House took the extremely rare measure of revoking Acosta's press pass. Trump said a permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has overseen Mueller's work.

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It was Clovis, no stranger to TV and radio himself, who encouraged Whitaker to get a regular commentary gig on cable television to get President Donald Trump's attention, according to friends who Whitaker told at the time.

"It was supposed to be on collusion". They went after people with loans and other things.

The requirement that Whitaker notify Congress if he blocks Mr Mueller from doing something is "about political accountability, not legal accountability", Mr Rosenzweig said.

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.

Trump announced Sessions' departure on Twitter. Chuck Schumer, said he should recuse himself because of his comments on the probe. Rep. Mueller's team also has been pressing for an interview with Trump.

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.