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Lindsey Graham: No 'Holy Hell to Pay' for Sessions Firing

Lindsey Graham: No 'Holy Hell to Pay' for Sessions Firing

Demonstrations are taking place in more than 1,000 USA cities and towns on Thursday evening-beginning at 5:00 PM (local time)-in response to President Donald Trump "installing a hack" to oversee the ongoing investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Also, some of the leads developed by Mueller already have been turned over to other Justice Department units, including the USA attorney in Manhattan.

Sessions resigned Wednesday - indicating he did so at Trump's request - and the President appointed Matthew Whitaker, Sessions' chief of staff, as the Acting Attorney General.

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been named as a possible candidate for the vacant position of United States attorney general now that Jeff Sessions has been removed from the job.

Over the course of his investigation thus far, Mueller and his team of prosecutors indicted 32 individuals and three Russian businesses on charges ranging from computer hacking to conspiracy and financial crimes.

He said many people fear Whitaker could try to wind down the investigation or even hide Mueller's final report. 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.

Noting that the special counsel's budget falls within the attorney general's purview, Whitaker said he could envision a situation in which Sessions was replaced as attorney general and replaced by a new boss who doesn't fire Mueller but "just reduces his budget to so low that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt".

Democratic Congresswoman Susan Davis, who easily won re-election to California's 53rd District Tuesday, addressed the crowd, and she praised the protesters for showing up on about a day's notice.

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"Obey your conscience, do what is right, do what is constitutional", he said, adding: "This administration believes it is above the law and it is willing to go against the constitution".

Those concerns are now focused on the future of the Mueller probe, which began as a look into alleged links with Russians seeking to disrupt the election and expanded into an investigation of billionaire Trump's murky finances, including his business ties to Russia. But Trump has long sought greater visibility into the probe.

The AP reported that the resignation "was the culmination of a toxic relationship" between Sessions and Trump based on a few factors, but largely Session's having recused himself from dealing with Mueller's probe.

The probe cost more than $16 million during its first year, according to figures released by the Justice Department in May. According to the department's most recent report, $10 million was spent from October 1, 2017, through March 31.

Two days after he hired a transparent political hack to run the Justice Department, President Trump has failed to come up with a remotely plausible cover story.

There should be no special counsel investigation because what about Obama.

MoveOn is also heading a petition asking legislatures to protect the investigation, which had reached more than 475,000 signatures as of Thursday evening.

Sen. Angus King said Thursday that Congress should pass legislation to protect the Mueller probe.


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