Chris Christie being considered to replace Sessions as attorney general

Chris Christie being considered to replace Sessions as attorney general

Trump has long expressed frustration with Sessions over his recusal from the Justice Department's Russian Federation investigation.

Sessions was replaced Wednesday by interim Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.

But Paul Rosenzweig, a former senior counsel to independent counsel Kenneth Starr, said he thought such a lawsuit would be unlikely to succeed because the US Supreme Court has said the president has wide latitude to fire executive branch officials.

Were he nominated, this wouldn't be Kobach first time in the Trump Administration.

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.

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The row, carried live on national TV networks, was followed by Trump issuing angry put-downs to several other reporters. Shortly after, the White House took the extremely rare measure of revoking Acosta's press pass.

"Trump's actions are being compared with those of U.S. President Richard Nixon in one of the most controversial episodes of the Watergate scandal, the Saturday Night Massacre", said organizers. In his place, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein led the investigation, overseeing the work done by Mueller.

Trump's running commentary criticizing Sessions and the Justice Department injected more turmoil into an agency that was still reeling from the president's firing of FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.

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"It was supposed to be on collusion".

Whitaker likely could not block the new indictments, which could include Trump's son Donald Jr.

After recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe, the staunchly conservative Sessions spent his time ramping up efforts to combat violent gangs, drug use and illegal immigration - all key components of Trump's law-and-order agenda.

However, there's also an argument to be made that Sessions' departure from the office could ultimately pose threats to the legal cannabis movement.

Installing Whitaker could clear the way for Trump to force out Mueller. He was a vocal critic of Mr Mueller, arguing in an op-ed for CNN a year ago that the probe should not go into the finances of Mr Trump and his family members.

Sessions took himself out of decision-making on the probe in March 2017 even after Trump dispatched the White House lawyer to persuade him not to do so, according to a person familiar with the matter.

"This must begin immediately, and if not, then a Democratic Congress will make this a priority in January", Jerry Nadler warned.

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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