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Sessions resigns as US attorney general

Postby Cobra-D » Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:05 pm

Yep he’s officially quit today, by his own free will hopefully. He’ll be replaced by Matthew Whitaker, a GOP partisan who wrote a CNN op-ed last year saying the Mueller investigation was going too far and that Rosenstein should order Mueller to limit it.....so the next couple of days are about to become extremely interesting.
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Re: Sessions resigns as US attorney general

Postby Absentia » Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:37 pm

Cobra-D wrote:Yep he’s officially quit today, by his own free will hopefully.


Nope.

In a resignation letter, Mr Sessions made clear the decision was not his own.

"Dear Mr President, at your request I am submitting my resignation," he wrote.
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Re: Sessions resigns as US attorney general

Postby Cobra-D » Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:45 pm

Absentia wrote:
Cobra-D wrote:Yep he’s officially quit today, by his own free will hopefully.


Nope.

In a resignation letter, Mr Sessions made clear the decision was not his own.

"Dear Mr President, at your request I am submitting my resignation," he wrote.



...that’s fake news
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Re: Sessions resigns as US attorney general

Postby Absentia » Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:31 pm

Also, Whitaker is only the interim replacement, as AG is a cabinet-level position that requires Senate confirmation. It would be pretty wild even by Trumpland standards for an interim appointee to dramatically alter the scope of the investigation this late in the game.
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Re: Sessions resigns as US attorney general

Postby Cobra-D » Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:53 pm

Absentia wrote:Also, Whitaker is only the interim replacement, as AG is a cabinet-level position that requires Senate confirmation. It would be pretty wild even by Trumpland standards for an interim appointee to dramatically alter the scope of the investigation this late in the game.



Awww that’s cute, you think they have standards.
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Re: Sessions resigns as US attorney general

Postby Deathclaw_Puncher » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:57 pm

Whitaker is thoroughly unqualified and illegitimate in his promotion. Rod Rosenstein is, for all intents and purposes, Acting AG. We've gone from deliberately ironic or objectively incompetent for the role appointments to just essentially LARPing the Cabinet.
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Re: Sessions resigns as US attorney general

Postby Deathclaw_Puncher » Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:41 pm

This twitter thread goes into detail offering some insight on how it affects the Mueller Probe. The Congressional soon-to-be-Chair Dems in context of the probe have pretty much covered all their bases. Whitaker risks jail time if he tries to dispose of anything.
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Re: Sessions resigns as US attorney general

Postby NathanLoiselle » Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:18 am

Yeah. I was gonna say being told to quit is the same as being fired. But someone beat me to it.
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Re: Sessions resigns as US attorney general

Postby cmsellers » Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:24 am

NathanLoiselle wrote:Yeah. I was gonna say being told to quit is the same as being fired. But someone beat me to it.

It's technically not though. The Senate is not in session. If Trump fires a cabinet member, he can only replace them in a recess appointment with someone who was confirmed by the Senate for another post. Whitaker was not confirmed by the Senate for any post, so Trump is only able to appoint him for a recess appointment because he technically resigned.

Of course the GOP Senate has already proven that only Collins and Murkowski will vote against anyone Trump appoints to any position, and they're almost certainly going to end up with at least 52 seats. So either Trump feels it is urgent for him to end the Mueller probe ASAP, or Trump just was just itching to get rid of Sessions but managed to restrain himself until after the midterms.
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