President Donald Trump is considering former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to replace fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions, sources familiar with the matter said.
That could politically immobilize the president, even if the Republican-majority Senate protects the President from removal. Christie was initially considered as a contender for the attorney general position during the transition.
How could Whitaker impede Mueller without firing him?
He served as the USA attorney in the state's southern district, was elected state attorney general in 1994 and then to the Senate in 1996.
Both Whitaker and Clovis are rooted in Iowa politics, and both ran for the 2014 Republican Senate nomination.
"I'm profoundly concerned about it", he said.
It was Clovis, no stranger to TV and radio himself, who encouraged Whitaker to get a regular commentary gig on cable television to get President Donald Trump's attention, according to friends who Whitaker told at the time. "Clearly, Attorney General Sessions doesn't have the confidence of the president". For more than a year-and-a-half, Sessions was subjected to criticisms and personal attacks from the president after he recused himself from the investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation. In addition to Trump Jr, targets could include former campaign consultant Roger Stone. He was a vocal critic of Mr Mueller, arguing in an op-ed for CNN previous year that the probe should not go into the finances of Mr Trump and his family members.More news: Le'Veon Bell cleans house on his social media bios
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Over the course of his investigation thus far, Mueller and his team of prosecutors indicted 32 individuals and three Russian businesses on charges ranging from computer hacking to conspiracy and financial crimes. Four former Trump campaign officials - including his onetime national security adviser Michael Flynn and campaign chairman Paul Manafort - are among those who have pleaded guilty.
"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.
Mr Trump has at various times belittled Mr Sessions as "beleaguered", "VERY weak", and "DISGRACEFUL".
Sessions took the lead in imposing Trump's travel ban targeting a number of mostly Muslim nations, canceling the so-called Dreamer program that let the children of undocumented immigrants remain in the USA and forcing the separation of migrant families as part of a border crossing crackdown.
The page ratchets the perceived threat of the Sessions firing up to 11.
He bolstered the agenda of Trump's evangelical supporters with new rules letting employers opt out of providing health insurance that covers birth control and paving the way for religious businesses and employees to discriminate based on their closely held beliefs.