President Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions today a day after the mid-term elections brought with it a Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. The move immediately riled up politicians on both side of the aisle who felt that the president was trying to sneak a very serious political maneuver under the radar as the Democrats still were basking in their new found gains.
Alas, everyone has known for months that Sessions was not in good favor with President Trump as the Commander-In-Chief continually insulted and criticized the former Alabama senator who has headed the Justice Department since the early day’s of Trump’s tenure. Chief of Staff to the Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will serve as interim Attorney General until President Trump chooses a permanent replacement. Whitaker has been publicly outspoken against the Robert Mueller Russia probe of the 2016 election.
And it is the Mueller probe that has the Democrats most up in arms about Sessions firing. With Sessions, the Attorney General had recused himself of participation in Mueller’s investigation to prevent a conflict of interest. He had remained neutral throughout, but now with Whitaker heading the Justice Department, Trump has an ally who shares his view that the Russia investigation has gone on too long and someone who supports wrapping up the probe as soon as possible.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and former Obama Attorney General Eric Holder immediately called for Whitaker to recuse himself from Mueller’s investigation.
Trump may be nuts, but he’s nuts AND smart…which makes him dangerous…