Last updated on November 11th, 2018
Described as ‘Witch hunt’ or ‘No Collusion’ by Trump, him re-assuming power in 2020 has a lot ridding on Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s meddling during the 2016 election. As a result, to protect his reign, Trump has allegedly forced resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, top opposition Democrats have said.
Nancy Pelosi, who leads Democrats in the House of Representatives, called the decision a “blatant attempt” to end or at least avert the danger of getting exposed. Democrats, who now form majority in the House, vow to protect it.
Mueller’s investigation has already uprooted some connections resulting in a series of criminal charges against several Trump associates. The move was on cards for quite a while as the President had criticized Sessions for his decision to do-away from the Russian inquiry, March 2017.
Sessions had to withdraw from the investigation as the Democrats further accused him of failing to provide information of the contacts he had with the Russian ambassador. Back in July 2017, Trump told the New York Times: “Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else.”
Besides, in his resignation letter, Sessions clearly confirmed that his decision to give up has been forced by Trump as he wrote, “Dear Mr President, at your request I am submitting my resignation”.
A lot rides on the next decision of who will assume power now, and given the dynamics of US politics, it looks plausible, Whitaker can take control of the Mueller inquiry. The investigation which has been overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein until now. Though the president cannot directly fire the special counsel, but there is a severe possibility that Session’s replacement will have the power to do so.
In August 2017, in his piece written for CNN, Whitaker expressed concerns over the investigation and called that looking into Trump’s personal finances, or those of his family, is beyond the scope of appointment of the special counsel. Therefore, if he attains the power it is most likely that he will issue orders to stop the investigation.