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.
In the one-paragraph order, the three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit told both Mueller and lawyers for Miller that they have until Nov. 19 to turn in briefs that describe if there will be legal ramifications stemming from Whitakers appointment.
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.
Lindsey Graham in 2017: Holy hell to pay if Sessions is fired. In 2018: When was that? What year?
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.
Whitaker has already come under fire for deeply critical views of special counsel Robert Muellers probe that hed made in the past. In an interview with CNN in 2017, he argued that the inquiry could be kneecapped if the attorney general just reduces his budget so low that the investigation grinds almost to a halt. In a separate editorial for CNN, he wrote that Muellers team had already gone too close to a red-line during the scope of the probe.
Washington (CNN)Leading figures in the Russia drama face fateful choices in the coming days and months that could tip America into a political and constitutional abyss. With the midterm elections in the rearview, a sense of foreboding is settling over Washington.
CNNs Laura Jarrett, Evan Perez, Sara Murray, Pamela Brown, Andrew Kaczynski and Adam Levine contributed to this story.
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