Sessions Out as Attorney General; Replaced with Vocal Critic of Mueller

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Attorney General Jeff Session during a press conference at the Justice Department in Washington, DC, on November 1, 2018. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Image)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned at the president’s request Wednesday. Sessions has been replaced by his Chief of Staff Matthew Whitaker, who is on record as saying that special counsel Robert Mueller has exceeded his authority. Sessions, an early ally of President Trump, has been repeatedly criticized by the president for recusing himself from the investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. We’ll learn more about Whitaker and discuss what Sessions’ departure – along with the new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives -- could mean for the Russia investigation.

Guests:

Victoria Bassetti, fellow, Brennan Center for Justice; author, "Electoral Dysfunction: A Survival Manual for American Voters”

Katie Benner, Justice Department reporter, New York Times

John Eastman, professor, Chapman University School of Law; senior fellow, The Claremont Institute; founding director, The Claremont Institute’s Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

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