Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

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

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

If Mr Whitaker made a decision to fire Mueller, he would need to inform the special counsel in writing of the specific reason for his termination.

The investigation is looking into USA 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. President Trump forced Sessions out as the nation's chief law enforcement officer on Wednesday, one day after Democrats captured the House in the midterm elections.

Her words were echoed by Democratic party Senate leader Chuck Schumer, who added: "Clearly, the president has something to hide."

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Mr Sessions removed himself from the probe after Democrats accused him of failing to disclose contacts he had had with the Russian ambassador as a senior adviser to Mr Trump's campaign.

Trump repeatedly lamented that he would have never selected Sessions if he had known the attorney general would recuse himself.

Sessions, a 71-year-old former Republican senator from Alabama, was the first senator to endorse Trump's insurgent presidential campaign.

Trump originally said he fired Comey on the recommendation of Sessions and Rosenstein for mishandling the inquiry into Clinton's use of private email when she was secretary of state, although the president later acknowledged he acted because of Comey's pursuit of "this Russian Federation thing". Nadler said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should continue to oversee Mueller.

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A Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, on Thursday called Mueller's investigation a "headache" for USA authorities but said it "has nothing to do with us", and he declined to comment on Sessions' departure.

The special counsel regulation under which Mr Mueller was appointed gives the attorney general or acting attorney general authority to fire Mueller only for "good cause", such as misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity or conflict of interest.

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