As the midterm elections came to a close, Mr. Trump was in quite a panic all day Wednesday, doing everything from attacking Republican representatives who lost their seats to flying off the handle at CNN’s Jim Acosta during a press conference. It is obvious that Trump is exceedingly nervous now that Democrats have taken over the House.
Even Republicans are warning him now. On Wednesday, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) warned the Trump Administration not to interfere in Special Counsel Mueller’s Russia investigation, saying he “must be allowed” to finish it. She tweeted:
‘It is imperative that the Administration not impede the Mueller investigation. I’m concerned Rod Rosenstein will no longer be overseeing the probe. Special Counsel Mueller must be allowed to complete his work without interference—regardless of who is AG.’
Earlier on Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned amidst concern from the Trump Administration about the Russia probe. Sessions wrote in a letter:
‘At your request I am submitting my resignation.’
Matthew Whitaker will take over as acting attorney general. According to CNN:
‘Whitaker is expected to take charge of the Russia investigation and special counsel Robert Mueller from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Whitaker has been openly critical of Mueller and the investigation and Democrats immediately called on him to recuse himself, just as Sessions had.’
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was put in charge of the investigation after Session recused himself last year.
Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wrote in a statement that he wished Sessions “well and look (s) forward to working with him in any future endeavors.”
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) tweeted:
‘Jeff Sessions served our nation well and honorably.’
Then, in another tweet, Graham wrote:
‘I look forward to working with President @realDonaldTrump to find a confirmable, worthy successor so that we can start a new chapter at the Department of Justice and deal with both the opportunities and challenges our nation faces.’
Mitt Romney also issued a tweet, saying:
‘I want to thank Jeff Sessions for his service to our country as Attorney General. Under Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, it is imperative that the important work of the Justice Department continues, and that the Mueller investigation proceeds to its conclusion unimpeded.’
Twitter quickly responded to Collins:
According to CBS:
‘Some Democrats expressed concerned that Sessions’ departure could interfere with the Russia investigation. Sen. Mark Warner, ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement that “any effort to interfere with the Special Counsel’s investigation would be a gross abuse of power by the President.”‘
Rep. Jerry Nadler, the next chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, tweeted that “Americans must have answers immediately as to the reasoning” for Sessions departure.
Now that Democrats control the House, they have the power to do several things. They can launch subpoena-powered investigations into Mr. Trump’s finances, Russian interference, and administration ethics scandals. According to Vox:
‘This very well may lead to all-out warfare between the House and the president. It’s possible that a crisis will unfold anytime they have to work together on a bill, that congressional investigators will unearth scandal after scandal, and even that an impeachment effort might be in the future.’
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