Let Us Count the Ways in Which Jeff Sessions Sucked

Brenda Watkins
November 9, 2018

The protest was part of the nationally organized "Nobody is Above the Law" movement, which vowed to hold protests nationwide if President Donald Trump took any steps that could jeopardize special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

They joined protests in cities across the U.S. Crowds also turned out in Chicago; Greensboro, North Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee, and many other places.

But the threat of impeachment was now on the minds of many Democrats after Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday, replacing him with Matthew Whitaker, as acting attorney general, who was Sessions' chief of staff who has been sharply critical of Mueller's investigation. Before joining the Trump administration in 2017, he was a vocal critic of the Mueller investigation, at one point going so far as to speculate as to how a future attorney general might "grind [] [the investigation] to nearly a halt" by limiting its budget.

West Wing sources said they are "worried" about Trump Jr as they fear Mueller will be able to snare him on perjury.

The Justice Department has declined to answer whether ethics officials have been asked to review if Whitaker should recuse himself from the Mueller probe.

"There is no case for obstruction of justice because the president has all the power of the executive and delegates that to people like the Federal Bureau of Investigation director and the attorney general", Whitaker argued.

How many people will show up remains to be seen.

Sessions's interim replacement, his former chief of staff, Whitaker, has publicly criticised the Mueller probe for going beyond its remit.

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Eileen Ryan, a 58-year-old activist from Watertown, said she was "worried we're repeating what was happening in Germany in the 1930s".

Whitaker has made it known that he is hostile to the probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians and the president obstructed justice.

"Neither the House nor the Senate before was doing much to monitor and oversee and control outrageous statements and actions", Hamilton said.

Other speakers said Trump thought American voices would be silent after the midterm election and accused the president of attacking the rule of law. Last year Sessions recused himself from overseeing the Mueller probe, which has been a constant source of anger from the president. According to the department's most recent report, $10 million was spent from October 1, 2017, through March 31.

The special counsel's office upheld a long-standing Justice Department guideline that calls for discretion in taking legal or law enforcement measures within 60 days of an election in an effort to avoid the impression of attempting to sway voters.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller (2nd L) leaves after a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee June 21, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. A protest to protect the Mueller investigation is held on Boston Common, across from the State House. Mueller's budget isn't affected by a current stopgap spending measure that expires on December 9.

However, some lawmakers might use upcoming debates over government spending to advance legislation to protect Mueller's investigation.

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