Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Democrats signal they want to investigate Jeff Sessions' ouster and replacement

Charlie Neibergall  AP FILE Charlie Neibergall AP FILE
Patty Aguilar | 09 November, 2018, 03:24

Russian Federation denies meddling in the election, and Trump denies any "collusion" with Russian Federation.

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.

Trump fired Sessions on Wednesday and announced that Matthew Whitaker, who was Sessions' chief of staff, will take over as acting attorney general.

He has also speculated about Mueller's budget being cut to the point "that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt".

Watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility in Washington called on Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing the Russian Federation probe.

It could, but this would spark a constitutional crisis and is unlikely to happen.

But Ms Clark said there was no clear enforcement action, like a lawsuit, that could force Mr Whitaker to recuse himself if he declined to follow the rule.

The president also warned the Democrats against investigating him, after taking over the House in the midterm elections.

However, with Republicans tightening their grip on the Senate, a magnanimous sounding Trump suggested that a divided Congress would provide opportunity for bipartisan cooperation - something in low supply in Washington.

But that love dried up as soon as reporters began asking questions that Trump found offensive. I'm confident the White House is looking for someone who the President and country can have confidence in, and be confirmed by the Senate.

Walmart releases its Black Friday ad for holiday shoppers
Many retailers offer Black Friday deals both in store and online, with some launching deals earlier in order to beat rivals. If you want to skip the hassle of the store, the sales will also be available online starting Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 9 p.m.

CNN's Acosta denied entry to White House following aggressive Trump press-conference
Mr Acosta stood up and began to ask a question relating to the statements Mr Trump made at the end of the midterms campaign. Mr Acosta persisted, saying: "They are hundreds of miles away". "You are a rude, awful person", Trump told Acosta.

Jose Mourinho facing touchline ban for alleged TV camera swearing rant
The written reasons explaining the commission's decision show that both Mourinho and the FA employed Portuguese language experts. Manchester United legend Gary Neville has slammed the FA for appealing against Jose Mourinho 's charge being dismissed.

Other protests against Trump in Vancouver have drawn crowds in the thousands.

Christie met with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner at the White House Thursday about prison reform, the White House told NJ Advance.

"Americans must have answers immediately as to the reasoning behind" Trump's move to remove Sessions, he said.

As Mueller has got closer to the heart of the Trump family's closely guarded financial secrets, the president has become more enraged. "There's no collusion", Trump said Wednesday.

"They're wasting a lot of money, but I let it go on. Had nothing to do with my campaign".

Mr Whitaker can now assume control of the Mueller inquiry, which has been overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein until now. An infuriated Trump responded by repeatedly and publicly seeking to humiliate Sessions. Previously he was a conservative legal commentator who was critical of the scope of Mueller's probe.

Trump has repeatedly criticized Mueller's probe, calling it a "witch hunt" and denying he obstructed justice or that his campaign colluded with Russian Federation. However, it would be an immediate priority for Democratic investigations when they officially take control of the House in January.

Republicans, however, have been mostly silent.

One of the exceptions, Senator Susan Collins, said non-interference in the Mueller probe was "imperative".

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