• 5 Ways Matthew Whitaker, Trump's Replacement for Sessions, May Already Be Ethically Compromised

    8 days ago - By Fortune

    Matthew Whitaker, the interim replacement for departed Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has made several on-the-record statements about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, which has circled around President Donald Trump's campaign staff and family. He also has a close tie to a witness in the Mueller probe, and has ties to a business the FTC shut down last year.
    These statements and connections, in televised interviews, tweets, and published writing, may jeopardize his credibility in assuming supervision of the Mueller probe...
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  • Jeff Sessions Resigns as Trump's Attorney General. Here's How Washington Reacted

    8 days ago - By Fortune

    Jeff Sessions resigned as President Donald Trump's attorney general on Wednesday at Trump's request. The news comes the day after the 2018 midterm elections , which set a record for voter turnout .
    Trump, who has been sparring with Sessions for months, tweeted the news that Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker will become the nation's new acting AG.
    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 will serve our Country well...
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  • 'This is a disturbing development': DOJ veterans and lawmakers sound the alarm after Jeff Sessions' ouster

    'This is a disturbing development': DOJ veterans and lawmakers sound the alarm after Jeff Sessions' ouster

    8 days ago - By Business Insider

    DOJ veterans and lawmakers sounded the alarm after President Donald Trump announced that Attorney General Jeff Sessions would be replaced by Trump loyalist Matthew Whitaker at the DOJ.
    House Democrats, who regained control of the chamber after Tuesday's midterms, signaled that they would dig into Trump's motivations for ousting Sessions and hold parties accountable.
    Legal experts said they weren't concerned by Sessions' ouster as much as they were by his replacement, who has mused about defunding the Russia probe and been described as the White House's "eyes and ears" at the DOJ.
    "Will...
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  • What Does Trump's Replacement for Sessions Think About the Russia Investigation? Just Ask His Twitter Account

    What Does Trump's Replacement for Sessions Think About the Russia Investigation? Just Ask His Twitter Account

    8 days ago - By Fortune

    The replacement for Attorney General Jeff Session, who resigned amid pressure from President Donald Trump , will be his chief of staff Matt Whitaker.
    Sessions faced heavy criticism from the president after recusing himself from overseeing Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election, as ethical questions plagued the attorney general over his role in the Trump campaign. But Whitaker may end up in a similar situation, presenting ethical problems of his own based information found on his Twitter account alone.
    Whitaker, who has been called a...
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  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions Resigns Amid Pressure From Trump

    8 days ago - By Fortune

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned Wednesday, after enduring more than a year of harsh criticism from President Donald Trump.
    While the former Alabama senator was the first to endorse Trump on the 2016 campaign trail, the president quickly turned on Sessions after taking office. Trump viewed Sessions' choice to recuse himself from the special counsel's investigation of Russian interference in the election as an act of disloyalty , and apparently never forgave him. In a September interview, Trump said, “ I don't have an attorney general. “
    Now, just a day after Democrats regained the...
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  • Lindsey Graham once warned there would be 'holy hell to pay' if Trump fired Jeff Sessions

    8 days ago - By Business Insider

    Jeff Sessions has resigned as attorney general upon President Trump's request.
    Last year, Senator Lindsey Graham warned Trump not to fire Sessions after the president publicly criticized Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia probe .
    In the 2017 video above, Graham said there would be "holy hell to pay" if Trump fired Sessions.
    Following is a transcript of the video.
    Lindsey Graham: If Jeff Sessions is fired there will be holy hell to pay.
    Lindsey Graham is warning Trump about his attorney general. Trump has been consistently criticizing Jeff Sessions on Twitter. He's been arguably...
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  • Justice Department confirms Jeff Sessions' replacement will take over the Mueller probe

    Justice Department confirms Jeff Sessions' replacement will take over the Mueller probe

    8 days ago - By Business Insider

    The Department of Justice confirmed to INSIDER that Matthew Whitaker, the acting attorney general, would assume control of the FBI's Russia investigation and the special counsel leading it, Robert Mueller.
    Whitaker, seen by many as a hardline loyalist to President Donald Trump, has written and commented extensively expressing his belief that Mueller needs to be reined in.
    Trump's decision to oust Jeff Sessions as attorney general on Wednesday and replace him with Whitaker sparked concern among lawmakers and national-security experts who described the move as an attempt to gut the Russia...
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  • Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general at Trump's request

    8 days ago - By Chron

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    Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned on Wednesday after months of speculation about his departure.
    President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized Sessions' handling of the Justice Department, particularly related to the investigation into Russia's election interference.
    "At your request, I am submitting my resignation," Sessions said in a letter to Trump.
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned on Wednesday after months of speculation about his departure.
    Sessions said in a letter that he was resigning at the request of President Donald Trump.
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  • Jeff Sessions's replacement once suggested a 'crafty' plan to slow down the Mueller investigation by defunding it

    Jeff Sessions's replacement once suggested a 'crafty' plan to slow down the Mueller investigation by defunding it

    8 days ago - By Business Insider

    Matthew Whitaker was appointed acting attorney general after Jeff Sessions resigned Wednesday.
    He's taken over Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, according to Bloomberg News .
    President Donald Trump wants to end the investigation, and Whitaker thinks it should be limited in scope.
    Whitaker previously outlined a plan to keep Mueller's investigation on a tight leash by defunding it.
    Matthew Whitaker was appointed as acting attorney general by President Donald Trump Wednesday. Whitaker now has control of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in...
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  • Marijuana stock Tilray up 30% after cannabis foe Jeff Sessions resigns under pressure

    8 days ago - By CNBC

    Shares of major marijuana companies rallied after Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned Wednesday after months of public criticism from his boss, President Donald Trump.
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  • Jeff Sessions' replacement is good news for Trump and bad news for Mueller

    Jeff Sessions' replacement is good news for Trump and bad news for Mueller

    8 days ago - By Business Insider

    President Donald Trump has tapped former US attorney Matthew Whitaker to be acting attorney general following Jeff Sessions' ouster on Wednesday.
    Whitaker has been described as the White House's "eyes and ears" in the Justice Department, which is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow during the 2016 US election.
    Whitaker frequently meets with Trump at the Oval Office and has publicly decried Special Counsel Robert Mueller for going too far in the Russia investigation.
    When President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions was out as...
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  • The cannabis producer Tilray is going bananas after Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general

    The cannabis producer Tilray is going bananas after Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general

    8 days ago - By Business Insider

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a longtime opponent of legal marijuana, resigned Wednesday as attorney general.
    The cannabis producer Tilray surged 30% on the news.
    In the 2018 midterm elections on Tuesday, voters in Michigan passed a measure to make the state the 10th to legalize recreational marijuana.
    Watch Tilray trade in real time here.
    The cannabis producer Tilray exploded higher Wednesday, up as much as 30%, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a longtime opponent of legal marijuana, resigned as attorney general after months of speculation about his future. Shares had already been...
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  • Jeff Sessions gets pushed out as attorney general less than 24 hours after the election

    8 days ago - By Fast Company

    The attorney general “resigned” at President Donald Trump's request.
    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was finally pushed out after enduring nearly two years of criticism from President Donald Trump over the Russian interference probe and other matters.
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  • Jeff Sessions is out as attorney general at Trump's request

    Jeff Sessions is out as attorney general at Trump's request

    8 days ago - By Business Insider

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned as attorney general after months of speculation about his departure.
    President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized Sessions' handling of the Justice Department, particularly in relation to the investigation into Russian election interference.
    "At your request, I am submitting my resignation," Sessions said at the beginning of the letter.
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday resigned as attorney general after months of speculation about his departure.
    Sessions submitted his resignation letter on Wednesday, saying it came at the request of...
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