Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is attempting to explain his reversal on a 2017 threat that there would be holy hell to pay if President Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Although Sessions got the boot this week, Graham vowed instead to work with Trump to find a confirmable, worthy successor.
After his treasury defeat, Mr. Whitaker worked in Iowa to secure the re-election of President George W. Bush. He coordinated the campaign’s efforts for the Iowa caucuses and racked up credits within the local Republican Party. He was able to parlay his campaign work into confirmation as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Iowa in 2004, despite never prosecuting a criminal case.
Its clear to me its not working, was not working, between Attorney General Sessions and President Trump, Graham said. So for months now, Ive been saying after the election, if the president wants to change attorney generals, he has every right to do so.
The belief that Mueller will issue a report stems from the widely held view in the Department of Justice and the broader legal community that the indictment of a president in office is unconstitutional. A memorandum on the subject prepared by the Justice Departments Office of Legal Counsel in 2000 flatly declared, the indictment or criminal prosecution of a sitting president would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. This consensus opinion, however, is not unanimous; a memorandum prepared by Kenneth Starrs independent counsel investigation in the 1990s took the opposite view.
Graham also said that despite the changes at the Justice Department, special counsel Robert Mueller will be allowed to do his job and hopefully that investigation will come to a conclusion here pretty soon.
Washington (CNN)As he was preparing to remove Jeff Sessions as attorney general, President Donald Trump had already begun reviewing with his lawyers the written answers to questions from special counsel Robert Mueller.
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