As we previously reported, this past Wednesday we learned the news that Jeff Sessions had handed in his resignation letter, leaving his position as Attorney General of the United States.
It was also reported that Sessions’ resignation came at the request of President Donald Trump, himself. During his time as Attorney General, Sessions made great strides, especially in regards to immigration. One way or the other, Sessions has resigned, and Matthew Whitaker has taken over as acting Attorney General.
While Whitaker seems like a winner to Republicans, Democrats are definitely not his biggest fans. Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer actually came out and stated that Whitaker should recuse himself immediately front he Russian investigation, just as former Attorney General Jeff Sessions had. Clearly, Schumer’s demand was ridiculous.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday said that acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker should recuse himself from overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
“Given his previous comments advocating defunding and imposing limitations on the Mueller investigation, Mr. Whitaker should recuse himself from its oversight for the duration of his time as acting attorney general,” Schumer said in a statement on Wednesday.
Trey Gowdy wasn’t happy with Schumer’s outburst.
The Daily Caller reports that the South Carolina Republican shot back immediately at Senator Schumer when he appeared on “Special Report With Bret Baier.” Gowdy knocked Schumer’s comments regarding President Donald Trump’s request that Sessions resign this week.
“Every prosecutor has jurisdictional boundaries. I don’t know a single prosecutor that does not. Mueller’s jurisdictional boundaries were set by Rod Rosenstein in the memo you have seen and they were altered, amended in the memo that we have not seen. But there has never been a prosecutor that just had unfettered power to go investigate whatever the heck he or she wanted to do,” Gowdy explained, clearly responding to Schumer.
“If you’re a state prosecutor you can’t investigate federal crimes. If you’re in New York, you can’t investigate things in Idaho. So the notion that we are going to create a special counsel that has no boss, no jurisdictional strictures at all is just typical Chuck Schumer and I think it’s why so few people take them seriously,” he went on.
Take a look at what Gowdy had to say about Sessions’ resignation when appearing on Fox News:
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Fox News Insider reports:
Outgoing House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy said that newly departed Attorney General Jeff Sessions “has been a proverbial dead man walking for several months now.”
Sessions was asked to resign by President Trump on Wednesday after the former Alabama senator — an early supporter of the president — saw his relationship with Trump sour.
“It was going to happen,” Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican, said.