On Wednesday, just one day after the historic 2018 midterms, Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned from his post.
MSN News reported on President Trump’s replacement:
Matthew Whitaker replaces Sessions, who was asked to resign by U.S. President Donald Trump, as the country’s top law official. Whitaker will take over as acting attorney general until a permanent replacement is named.
Trump had repeatedly criticized Sessions for recusing himself from oversight of the investigation being carried out by special counsel Robert Mueller into the alleged collusion.
Whitaker defended the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting held between Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and Russian lobbyists with Kremlin ties, during a CNN panel discussion on July 13, 2017.
The reaction from Democrats was predictably “outraged,” and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer questioned the president’s motives, suggesting he was trying to “limit” the scope of Mueller’s Russia probe.
Congressman Trey Gowdy shot back, saying, Schumer’s comments, further prove why no one takes the Democrats seriously.
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South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy fired back at Senator Chuck Schumer on “Special Report With Bret Baier” for his comments about President Donald Trump’s decision to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday.
“We are pleased to announce that Matthew G. Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, will become our new Acting Attorney General of the United States,” he tweeted. “He will serve our Country well. We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.”
The segment began with Baier airing a clip of Schumer expressing concern that Whitaker would limit the scope of the Mueller investigation.
“Every prosecutor has jurisdictional boundaries. I don’t know a single prosecutor that does not. Mueller’s jurisdictional boundaries were set by Rod Rosenstein in the memo you have seen and they were altered, amended in the memo that we have not seen. But there has never been a prosecutor that just had unfettered power to go investigate whatever the heck he or she wanted to do,” Gowdy stated in response to Schumer.
“If you’re a state prosecutor you can’t investigate federal crimes. If you’re in New York, you can’t investigate things in Idaho. So the notion that we are going to create a special counsel that has no boss, no jurisdictional strictures at all is just typical Chuck Schumer and I think it’s why so few people take them seriously,” he continued.
Baier responded, “What about the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein in his role here? One would’ve assumed that the deputy, that’s why he’s the deputy if the attorney general is not there, he would step in as acting.”
Gowdy added, “These are interesting times that we are in. Rod Rosenstein, I was ready to question him, I had 37 pages worth of questions for him, Bret, a couple weeks ago. Of course he is alleged to have wanted to vote the 25th Amendment and question the president’s fitness for office, so I’m not sure that would’ve been the right pick.”