Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

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Michigan's Medical Marijuana Licensing Mess Isn't Over Yet Whitaker was campaign chairman for Mueller witness
Steven Clarke | 09 November, 2018, 03:12

"Under these conditions, it would be wholly inappropriate for Mr. Whitaker to supervise the Special Counsel investigation given his documented history of opposition to it", Nadler said, before warning that the Sessions firing would be investigated and warning that documents related to the event must be preserved.

He had also pressed to reauthorize a controversial secret domestic spying program over the Justice Department's protests.

"To have led a Department like this goes beyond anything I ever would have thought possible", he wrote.

Whitaker, a former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, had served as Sessions's chief-of-staff since September 2017.

Sessions applauded department employees for achieving goals in reducing violent crime, homicides, opioid prescriptions and overdose deaths.

Mr Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker - who has been appointed the acting Attorney-General - will now oversee the probe, taking over from deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein, who held the responsibility since the recusal.

Graham: "If Jeff Sessions is fired, there will be holy hell to pay". Trump said Wednesday that he did not plan to stop the investigation.

Red meat tax could save thousands of lives but faces backlash
High-income countries, such as the United Kingdom and the USA consume about double the global average of red and processed meat. Web Desk: Scientists from Britain have called for a tax on meat, which allegedly can save thousands of lives, reported Metro .

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 departure was the culmination of a toxic relationship that frayed just weeks into Sessions' tenure, when he stepped aside from the Russia investigation because of his campaign advocacy and following the revelation that he had met twice in 2016 with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. "A fellow Iowan, who I've known for many years, Matt will work hard and make us proud", he said in a statement.

US Representative Earl Blumenauer, of OR, called the move a "major step forward for marijuana reform", also noting that US Representative Pete Sessions, of Texas, who has obstructed votes on marijuana-related legislation as chair of the House Rules Committee, was defeated in Tuesday's midterm elections. That investigation is now being lead by former FBI director Robert Mueller, who was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and has overseen the probe's work.

Trump has long expressed frustration with Sessions over his recusal from the Justice Department's Russian Federation investigation.

He is a longtime friend of Trump and endorsed him after dropping out of the 2016 presidential campaign.

If he has found solid evidence, Mueller is not expected to indict the president, given the unsettled state of law on that course of action.

Trump has said for months that he wished to replace Sessions, but lawmakers and administration officials believed that firing the attorney-general before the midterm elections would have had negative consequences for Republicans in tight races.

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