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Jeff Sessions wrote: “Over my nearly 16 years in this Department, it has been an incredible honor to work with people who day after day and year after year consistently exceeded expectations,” “That is just the standard we hold ourselves to here” External link

washtimesThursday, November 8, 2018 7:48:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions said: "If you cross this border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you. It's that simple," External link

kxxvWednesday, November 7, 2018 9:47:00 PM CET

Carol Rose said: “At every turn, Sessions used his tremendous power not in the impartial service of justiceas was his sworn obligation as the nation’s top law enforcement officialbut in the service of Donald Trump’s racist, bigoted, anti-immigrant agenda, trampling the civil rights and civil liberties of millions in the process,” External link

bostonglobeThursday, November 8, 2018 12:21:00 AM CET

Ian Prior said: “It’s obvious that there was an irreparable breakdown in the relationship between the president and Sessions. I think that obviously got much worse following the appointment of the special counsel,” External link

thehillThursday, November 8, 2018 12:28:00 PM CET

Donald Trump said: “I could fire everybody right now, but I don’t want to stop it because politically I don’t like stopping it,” “It’s a disgrace. It should never have been started, because there is no crime” External link

sentinelsourceThursday, November 8, 2018 6:07:00 PM CET

Matthew Whitaker wrote (about Donald Trump): “It does not take a lawyer or even a former federal prosecutor like myself to conclude that investigating Donald Trump’s finances or his family’s finances falls completely outside of the realm of his 2016 campaign and allegations that the campaign coordinated with the Russian government or anyone else. That goes beyond the scope of the appointment of the special counsel,” External link

bostonglobeWednesday, November 7, 2018 10:20:00 PM CET

Donald Trump said: “We’ll see what happens. A lot of people have asked me to do that. And I guess I study history, and I say I just want to leave things alone, but it was very unfair what he did,” External link

newsweek-USAWednesday, November 7, 2018 10:24:00 PM CET

John Cornyn said (about Jeff Sessions): "I've had the honor of working closely with Jeff since I came to the Senate, and I'm proud to call him a friend," External link

statesmanWednesday, November 7, 2018 10:18:00 PM CET

Donald Trump wrote: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!” External link

mycentraloregonThursday, November 8, 2018 2:07:00 AM CET

Matthew Whitaker said (about Donald Trump): “there is no criminal obstruction of justice charge to be had here [against Trump]” External link

qzWednesday, November 7, 2018 11:44:00 PM CET

Donald Trump said: “He is a world-class legal mind and considered a truly great attorney general and U.S. attorney in the state of Alabama,” External link

politicoWednesday, November 7, 2018 9:32:00 PM CET

Eric Swalwell told: “The American people will see his tax returns, not because of any voyeuristic interest, but because they should know if he is corrupt,” External link

news-yahooThursday, November 8, 2018 2:33:00 PM CET

Stephen Vladeck said: "Sessions did not do the thing he could have done to better protect Rosenstein, and through Rosenstein, the Mueller investigation," External link

enterprisenewsThursday, November 8, 2018 8:13:00 PM CET

Matthew Whitaker wrote (about Robert Mueller): “If [Mueller] were to continue to investigate the financial relationships without a broadened scope in his appointment, then this would raise serious concerns that the special counsel’s investigation was a mere witch hunt” External link

cknwThursday, November 8, 2018 5:22:00 AM CET

Donald Trump added: "I’d love to have him look at the other side," External link

ABCnewsWednesday, November 7, 2018 9:39:00 PM CET

Nancy Pelosi wrote: "It is impossible to read Attorney General Sessions’ firing as anything other than another blatant attempt by @realDonaldTrump to undermine & end Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation," External link

12newsThursday, November 8, 2018 1:43:00 AM CET

Donald Trump said (about Jeff Sessions): “Jeff Sessions recused himself, which he shouldn’t have done, or he should have told me,” External link

politico-euThursday, November 8, 2018 5:00:00 AM CET

Donald Trump said: “I stay away from it (Russia probe). But you know what I do? I let it just go on. They’re wasting a lot of money, but I let it go on, because I don’t want to do that. But you’re right; I could end it right now. I could say, ‘That investigation is over.'” External link

financialexpressThursday, November 8, 2018 6:15:00 AM CET

Donald Trump said: “It was a big day yesterday, incredible day,” External link

HindustanTimesThursday, November 8, 2018 5:05:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions responded: “I’m not aware of any of those activities,” “I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I didn’t have — did not have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on it” External link

news-yahooThursday, November 8, 2018 2:27:00 AM CET

Sarah Flores said: “The Acting Attorney General is in charge of all matters under the purview of the Department of Justice,” External link

CBCWednesday, November 7, 2018 10:02:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions said: “At your request, I am submitting my resignation,” External link

capitalfmThursday, November 8, 2018 9:12:00 AM CET

Alberto Gonzales said: "I just don't understand it because why invite this kind of criticism or scrutiny which you knew it was going to come because of the comments he's made earlier," "And [to] put him in this position at Justice to me is somewhat confounding" External link

CBCThursday, November 8, 2018 8:02:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions wrote: “I am grateful to have served with people of your caliber and may God bless you and your families in all you do,” External link

foxnewsThursday, November 8, 2018 8:01:00 PM CET

Matt Whitaker said: “If they have a secular worldview, where this is all we have here on Earth, then I’m going to be very concerned about that judge,” External link

nytimesThursday, November 8, 2018 3:31:00 AM CET

Steny Hoyer said (about Robert Mueller): "Congress must take bipartisan action to protect the integrity of Special Counsel Mueller's investigation," External link

timesofmaltaThursday, November 8, 2018 9:12:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions wrote: "I have been honored to serve as Attorney General and have worked to implement the law enforcement agenda based on the rule of law that formed a central part of your campaign for Presidency," External link

washtimesWednesday, November 7, 2018 9:27:00 PM CET

Harry Sandick said: "It does seem as if the intention is that Whitaker will now oversee it — and that he, unlike Sessions, will not recuse himself," "And therefore whatever else Rosenstein may do as the deputy attorney general, it won't include this investigation" External link

CBCThursday, November 8, 2018 11:01:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions said (about Donald Trump): “I am grateful for the opportunity to recommend and facilitate discussions among exceptional and experienced American military and diplomatic leaders to share insight and advice with Donald Trump, regardless of their political views,” External link

mycentraloregonThursday, November 8, 2018 2:07:00 AM CET

Mitt Romney said (about Jeff Sessions): “I want to thank Jeff Sessions for his service to our country as attorney general,” External link

sltribThursday, November 8, 2018 12:04:00 AM CET

Matthew Whitaker argued (about Rod Rosenstein): "any investigation into President Trump's finances or the finances of his family would require Mueller to return to Rod Rosenstein for additional authority under Mueller's appointment as special counsel" External link

foxnewsWednesday, November 7, 2018 10:07:00 PM CET

Kathleen Clark said (about Matthew Whitaker): "I believe that there are circumstances that would raise a question in the minds of a reasonable person about Whitaker's impartiality in the Russia investigation," "We as the public have a right to be assured that the people who are participating in that investigation are impartial" External link

nbcnewsThursday, November 8, 2018 8:15:00 PM CET

Drew Brees said: "There is certainly a skillset that he has that is going to be beneficial. So I look forward to getting to work with him. I look forward to building a rapport with him. I look forward to getting him involved in this offense and just become a complement to all the guys that we already have," "He'll be a great addition" External link

eastoregonianThursday, November 8, 2018 9:12:00 AM CET

Paul Rosenzweig said: "about political accountability, not legal accountability," "The notification to Congress is mostly about transparency" External link

RTERadioThursday, November 8, 2018 12:36:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions wrote: “I came to work at the Department of Justice every day determined to do my duty and serve my country,” “I have done so to the best of my ability, working to support the fundamental legal processes that are the foundation of justice” External link

ABCnewsWednesday, November 7, 2018 9:39:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions said: “As long as I am the attorney general,” External link

newsweek-USAWednesday, November 7, 2018 10:24:00 PM CET

Donald Trump said (about Jeff Sessions): “It is with great pride — very great pride — that I say these words to you right now: Attorney General Jeff Sessions, welcome to the White House,” External link

denverpostWednesday, November 7, 2018 9:44:00 PM CET

Matthew Whitaker said (about Jeff Sessions): "I could see a scenario where Jeff Sessions is replaced with a recess appointment," External link

nbcnewsThursday, November 8, 2018 8:15:00 PM CET

David Kris said (about Robert Mueller): “What guerrilla-war tactics will he try to take to limit Mueller’s activities?” External link

msn-ukThursday, November 8, 2018 6:59:00 AM CET

Donald Trump told: “I think you should let me run the country. You run CNN,” External link

news-yahooThursday, November 8, 2018 2:33:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions replied: “He took my job, and then he said, ‘I’m going to recuse myself.’ I said, ‘What kind of man is this?’” External link

politico-euThursday, November 8, 2018 5:00:00 AM CET

Matt Whitaker said: “I could see a scenario where Jeff Sessions is replaced with a recess appointment and that attorney general does not fire Bob Mueller, but he just reduces his budget to so low that his investigation grinds to almost a halt,” External link

cbs6albanyThursday, November 8, 2018 4:18:00 AM CET

Matthew Whitaker said (about Jim Comey): “That doesn’t rise to the level of obstruction of justice, and it doesn’t sound to me based on what’s been reported that Jim Comey, as he sat there, believed that the president was telling him to stop the investigation,” “if all he did was make a mere suggestion and not an outright command, I don’t think that rises to the level of obstruction” External link

nbcnewsThursday, November 8, 2018 8:15:00 PM CET

Bernie Sanders said: “Congress must pass legislation to protect Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation, demand that Acting AG Whitaker recuse himself from overseeing the probe based on his previous statements and only confirm a new attorney general who vows to protect Mueller's investigation,” External link

newsweekThursday, November 8, 2018 5:16:00 PM CET

Matthew Whitaker wrote: "It is time for Rosenstein, who is the acting attorney general for the purposes of this investigation, to order Mueller to limit the scope of his investigation to the four corners of the order appointing him special counsel" External link

ABCnewsWednesday, November 7, 2018 10:10:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions told (about Donald Trump): “Let me be clear: I never had meetings with Russian operatives or Russian intermediaries about the Trump campaign,” External link

mycentraloregonThursday, November 8, 2018 2:07:00 AM CET

Matthew Whitaker wrote (about Robert Mueller): "Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russia 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing," External link

thegardenislandWednesday, November 7, 2018 10:04:00 PM CET

Torsten Slok said: "With the Democrats taking over the House, we will now have to see what gridlock in Congress means for policy. As for the market impact, a split Congress has historically been bullish for equities and we expect to see the same pattern again," External link

japantodayThursday, November 8, 2018 12:18:00 AM CET

Jerry Nadler said: “There is no mistaking what this means, and what is at stake: this is a constitutionally perilous moment for our country and for the President,” External link

nypostWednesday, November 7, 2018 11:28:00 PM CET

Donald Trump said: “He took the job and then he said, ‘I’m going to recuse myself.’ I said, ‘What kind of a man is this?’” External link

newsweekWednesday, November 7, 2018 10:59:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions wrote: "Since the day I was honored to be sworn in as attorney general of the United States, I came to work at the Department of Justice every day determined to do my duty and serve my country," External link

enterprisenewsThursday, November 8, 2018 8:13:00 PM CET

Donald Trump told: "It should end, because it is very bad for the country," External link

rferlWednesday, November 7, 2018 9:31:00 PM CET

Laurence Tribe said: “This rule of law crisis has been a slow-motion train-wreck for a long time,” External link

msn-ukWednesday, November 7, 2018 11:54:00 PM CET

John Boozman said: "He's a person of principle. ... He's someone who's always been committed to the rule of law so I have a lot of respect for him," External link

arkansasonlineThursday, November 8, 2018 11:50:00 AM CET

Donald Trump said: "If he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me prior to taking office, and I would have, quite simply, picked somebody else," "So I think that's a bad thing, not for the president but for the presidency" External link

lcsun-newsWednesday, November 7, 2018 10:18:00 PM CET

Elijah Cummings said: "There are many, many reasons to remove Attorney General Sessions -- from his failure to disclose his communications with the Russians to his inhumane policy of separating children from their parents at the border -- but one reason that is not acceptable is to interfere with or obstruct the Mueller investigation," External link

ABCnewsWednesday, November 7, 2018 10:10:00 PM CET

Dmitry Peskov added (about Robert Mueller): "What Mueller's commission has produced up to now has hardly been able to stand up to serious critical assessment," External link

digitaljournalThursday, November 8, 2018 12:37:00 PM CET

Matt Whitaker wrote: “Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russia 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing,” “It is time for Rosenstein, who is the acting attorney general for the purposes of this investigation, to order Mueller to limit the scope of his investigation to the four corners of the order appointing him special counsel” External link

news-yahooThursday, November 8, 2018 2:27:00 AM CET

Kristen Clarke said: “There has not been a single case brought by this administration to enforce the Voting Rights Act or to take up the crisis with voter suppression that we are seeing in the country right now, and that is deeply troubling,” External link

denverpostWednesday, November 7, 2018 9:44:00 PM CET

Donald Trump told: "It's a disgrace. It should have never been started, because there was no crime," External link

newsweek-USAWednesday, November 7, 2018 10:24:00 PM CET

Matthew Whitaker wrote: “He [Mueller] is only authorized to investigate matters that involved any potential links to and coordination between two entities — the Trump campaign and the Russian government,” “People are wrongly pointing to, and taking out of context, the phrase ‘any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation’ to characterize special counsel’s authority as broad” External link

mycentraloregonThursday, November 8, 2018 8:30:00 AM CET

Matthew Whitaker said: “I am committed to leading a fair Department with the highest ethical standards, that upholds the rule of law, and seeks justice for all Americans,” External link

usaTodayThursday, November 8, 2018 3:09:00 AM CET

Dianne Feinstein said: “No one who lacks Senate confirmation should be placed in charge of [Mueller’s] investigation, especially Matthew Whitaker who publicly criticized Robert Mueller’s work just last year,” External link

cknwThursday, November 8, 2018 5:22:00 AM CET

Donald Trump told: “I’m disappointed in the attorney general for many reasons,” External link

dailymaverickWednesday, November 7, 2018 10:51:00 PM CET

Charles Schumer said: “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,” External link

click2houstonThursday, November 8, 2018 12:51:00 AM CET

Sam Clovis told (about Matt Whitaker): “It’s not relevant and Matt has high integrity,” External link

news-yahooThursday, November 8, 2018 2:27:00 AM CET

Trump Organization said (about Jeff Sessions): “Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else,” External link

newsweek-USAWednesday, November 7, 2018 10:24:00 PM CET

Matthew Whitaker said (about Bob Mueller): "That attorney general doesn't fire Bob Mueller, but he just reduces his budget to so low that his investigation grinds to almost a halt," External link

nbcnewsThursday, November 8, 2018 12:42:00 AM CET

Charles Schumer told (about Robert Mueller): “I’d say this, protecting Mueller and his investigation is paramount,” External link

washtimesWednesday, November 7, 2018 9:27:00 PM CET

Jerrold Nadler said (about Jeff Sessions): “The firing of Jeff Sessions will be investigated and people will be held accountable. This must begin immediately, and if not, then a Democratic Congress will make this a priority in January,” External link

guardianThursday, November 8, 2018 4:13:00 PM CET

Trump Organization said: “He took the job and then he said, ‘I’m going to recuse myself.’ I said, ‘What kind of a man is this?’ ” External link

bostonglobeThursday, November 8, 2018 4:13:00 AM CET

Donald Trump wrote: "I have never seen anything so Rigged in my life. Our A.G. is scared stiff and Missing in Action," External link

thespecWednesday, November 7, 2018 9:45:00 PM CET

Guy Cook said: “But I think most importantly, from the president’s perspective, he’s loyal,” External link

oxfordtimesThursday, November 8, 2018 4:18:00 AM CET

Matthew Whitaker wrote: "I believe myself to have been a reasonable prosecutor, and when the facts and evidence show a criminal violation has been committed, the individuals involved should not dictate whether the case is prosecuted," External link

12newsThursday, November 8, 2018 1:43:00 AM CET

George Terwilliger told: “It was obvious to me that he has that unique combination of political and legal skills that are necessary to operate at that level,” External link

usaTodayThursday, November 8, 2018 3:09:00 AM CET

Charles Cooper said: “In my view, there has never been a Republican attorney general — a conservative attorney general — who can be credited with more achievements in advancing the conservative legal policy agenda,” External link

denverpostWednesday, November 7, 2018 9:44:00 PM CET

Donald Trump said: "They can play that game, but we can play it better," External link

japantodayThursday, November 8, 2018 12:18:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions told (about Donald Trump): “I told Donald Trump this isn’t a campaign,” External link

news-yahooThursday, November 8, 2018 2:27:00 AM CET

Donald Trump told: “If that happens, then we’re going to do the same thing, and government comes to a halt. And I would blame them,” External link

news-yahooThursday, November 8, 2018 2:33:00 PM CET

Donald Trump said (about Jeff Sessions): “Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job, and I would have picked somebody else,” External link

newsweek-USAWednesday, November 7, 2018 10:24:00 PM CET

Charles Schumer told (about Robert Mueller): “Our paramount view is that any attorney general, whether this one or another one, should not be able to interfere with the Mueller investigation in any way,” External link

news-yahooThursday, November 8, 2018 2:33:00 PM CET

Chuck Rosenberg said: "If he was selected because he doesn't think it's an appropriate investigation, then I'm deeply concerned," External link

nbcnewsThursday, November 8, 2018 12:42:00 AM CET

Mitch McConnell said (about Robert Mueller): "The president has said on multiple occasions the Mueller investigation should be completed," External link

houstonchronicleThursday, November 8, 2018 10:23:00 PM CET

Francisco Pedraza told: "In 2014 and in 2016 elections it was not that obvious," External link

tri-cityheraldThursday, November 8, 2018 3:22:00 AM CET

Donald Trump said: “What kind of man is this?” External link

newsweekWednesday, November 7, 2018 10:59:00 PM CET

Vanita Gupta said: “He’s turned back the clock from trying to recreate mass incarceration policies to his view of the voting rights act as intrusive to his abdication of the mission of the civil rights division on a range of issues including addressing systemic police misconduct, voting rights and LGBQT rights,” External link

denverpostWednesday, November 7, 2018 9:44:00 PM CET

Michael Mukasey told: "He’s done all this under enormous pressure, and we know what that is," External link

lcsun-newsWednesday, November 7, 2018 10:18:00 PM CET

Matthew Whitaker said: “One of the greatest experiences I ever had as a Hawkeye was playing in that Rose Bowl game and having a catch,” External link

mycentraloregonThursday, November 8, 2018 8:30:00 AM CET

George Terwilliger said: “I see the chief of staff role as more than just keeping things running,” “It’s also making substantive choices about what is important to bring to the AG or other staff members or subordinates, to make sure that issues get the kind of attention from the experts that they need” External link

usaTodayThursday, November 8, 2018 3:09:00 AM CET

Mitch McConnell said (about Jeff Sessions): "I thank Jeff Sessions for his dedicated service as Attorney General. Throughout his career, as a prosecutor, a Senator and as Attorney General, he remained steadfast in his commitment to the rule of law and his love of our great nation. I wish him well and look forward to working with him in any future endeavors," External link

ABCnewsWednesday, November 7, 2018 10:10:00 PM CET

Donald Trump said: “He took the job and then he said, ‘I’m going to recuse myself.’ I said, ‘What kind of a man is this?’” “I wanted to stay uninvolved. But when everybody sees what’s going on in the Justice Department—I always put justice now with quotes” External link

newsweek-USAWednesday, November 7, 2018 10:24:00 PM CET

Donald Trump said: “I put in an attorney general that never took control of the justice department” External link

kswoWednesday, November 7, 2018 9:15:00 PM CET

Donald Trump said: “It really could be a beautiful bipartisan situation,” External link

nrttvThursday, November 8, 2018 7:16:00 AM CET

Donald Trump said: "I'd rather answer that at a little bit different time," External link

sentinelsourceThursday, November 8, 2018 12:32:00 PM CET

Matt Whitaker wrote (about Merrick B Garland): “We believe Americans have a right to know about Garland’s views of the military,” External link

nytimesThursday, November 8, 2018 3:31:00 AM CET

Matthew Whitaker wrote (about Trump Organization): "The Trump Organization's business dealings are plainly not within the scope of the investigation, nor should they be," External link

bbcWednesday, November 7, 2018 11:43:00 PM CET

Andrew E Lelling said: “In a time of seemingly endless cynicism, he is a man who genuinely believes in the rule of law, in its evenhanded application to all Americans, and in the men and women who keep us safe every day,” External link

bostonglobeThursday, November 8, 2018 12:21:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions said: “Let me say this loud and clear: as long as I am the Attorney General of the United States, the Department of Justice will have the back of all honest and honorable law enforcement officers,” External link

ABCnewsWednesday, November 7, 2018 9:39:00 PM CET

Matt Whitaker said (about Jeff Sessions): “So I could see a scenario where Jeff Sessions is replaced with a recess appointment,” External link

news-yahooWednesday, November 7, 2018 10:55:00 PM CET

Jacob Frenkel said: "For me, the question is, 'How many indictments and who?'" External link

houstonchronicleThursday, November 8, 2018 12:54:00 AM CET

Charles Schumer said: “I find the timing very suspect,” “Protecting Mueller and his investigation is paramount. It would create a constitutional crisis if this were a prelude to ending or greatly limiting the Mueller investigation, and I hope President Trump and those he listens to will refrain from that,” External link

theherald-auWednesday, November 7, 2018 10:22:00 PM CET

Jerrold Nadler said: “We are immediately issuing multiple letters to key officials demanding that they preserve all relevant documents related to this action to make sure that the investigation and any evidence remains safe from improper interference or destruction,” External link

guardianThursday, November 8, 2018 4:13:00 PM CET

John Boozman added (about Robert Mueller): "We're a nation of laws. Certainly the Mueller probe needs to continue [and] come to conclusion. I think we would all be glad for it to wrap up as quickly as possible," External link

arkansasonlineThursday, November 8, 2018 11:50:00 AM CET

Donald Trump told: "I could fire everybody right now, but I don't want to stop it because politically I don't like stopping it," External link

independent-UGThursday, November 8, 2018 5:11:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions said: "While I am attorney general, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations" External link

msn-ukWednesday, November 7, 2018 9:37:00 PM CET

Paul Rosenzweig says: “It is just incredibly aggressive to do this less than 24 hours after the election,” “That either reflects incredible self-confidence or incredible panic – or both” External link

news-yahooThursday, November 8, 2018 10:34:00 PM CET

Vanita Gupta said (about Jeff Sessions): “Sessions abandoned the Justice Department’s investigation and duty by law to remedy the findings of systemic police misconduct in the Chicago Police department,” External link

denverpostWednesday, November 7, 2018 9:44:00 PM CET

Lindsey Graham said: “I look forward to working with President Trump to find a confirmable, worthy successor so that we can start a new chapter at the Department of Justice,” External link

maravipostThursday, November 8, 2018 1:18:00 PM CET

Trump Organization said: “How do you take a job and then recuse yourself?” External link

TheFrontierPost-enThursday, November 8, 2018 7:03:00 AM CET

Matt Whitaker told (about Bob Mueller): “I don’t see any current reason or good reason that Bob Mueller shouldn’t stay in that special counsel role,” External link

dailycallerWednesday, November 7, 2018 11:04:00 PM CET

Matthew Whitaker said: "so low that his investigation grinds to almost a halt," External link

enterprisenewsThursday, November 8, 2018 8:13:00 PM CET

Vanita Gupta said (about Jeff Sessions): “Sessions has been terrible for civil rights in this country,” External link

denverpostWednesday, November 7, 2018 9:44:00 PM CET

Cory Booker said (about Jeff Sessions): "Jeff Sessions' firing at the hands of the president is an alarming development that brings us one step closer to a constitutional crisis," External link

njWednesday, November 7, 2018 11:46:00 PM CET

Nancy Pelosi said: "Given his record of threats to undermine & weaken the Russia investigation, Matthew Whitaker should recuse himself from any involvement in Mueller's investigation," External link

deutschewelle-bgThursday, November 8, 2018 2:45:00 AM CET

Mary McCord said (about Matthew Whitaker): "Based on what Mr. Whitaker has said in the past about the Mueller investigation, his assumption of responsibility over the investigation certainly raises the appearance of impropriety," External link

nbcnewsThursday, November 8, 2018 8:15:00 PM CET

Donald Trump said: “CNN should be ashamed of itself having you work for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN. When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people” External link

themirrorThursday, November 8, 2018 12:13:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions said: “It is an honor I never expected nor one I ever would have thought possible,” “And while there are good days and bad days in any job, one thing has been clear to me, it is a privilege to serve one’s country in law enforcement to wake up each morning and fight the fight for the rule of law” External link

theepochtimesWednesday, November 7, 2018 9:37:00 PM CET

Charles Schumer said (about Robert Mueller): "It would create a constitutional crisis if this were a prelude to ending or greatly limited the Mueller investigation," External link

deutschewelle-enWednesday, November 7, 2018 11:49:00 PM CET

Donald Trump said: "I stay away from it, but you know what I do? I let it just go on. They're wasting a lot of money, but I let it go on because I don't want to do that," "It's a disgrace, frankly, and it's an embarrassment to our country" External link

newsweek-USAWednesday, November 7, 2018 10:24:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions told: “It’s kind of hurtful, but the president of the United States is a strong leader,” External link

thedailybeastWednesday, November 7, 2018 9:00:00 PM CET

Matthew Whitaker said: "It is a true honor that the President has confidence in my ability to lead the Department of Justice as Acting Attorney General," External link

minnesota-publicradioThursday, November 8, 2018 12:52:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions added: "Most importantly. in my time as Attorney General we have restored and upheld the rule of law, a glorious tradition that each of us has a responsibility to safeguard. We have operated with integrity and have lawfully and aggressively advanced the policy agenda of this administration," External link

business-standardThursday, November 8, 2018 1:16:00 AM CET

Adam Schiff said: “Mueller’s investigation and the independence of the justice department must be protected,” External link

guardianWednesday, November 7, 2018 11:53:00 PM CET

Harry Sandick said (about Matthew Whitaker): "It seems as if the supervision of that investigation now rests with Whitaker," External link

CBCThursday, November 8, 2018 11:01:00 PM CET

Rod Rosenstein told: “People are entitled to be frustrated, I can accept that,” External link

thedailybeastThursday, November 8, 2018 4:54:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions said: “The American people, these people, want somebody in the presidency who stands up for them, defends their interests and the laws and traditions of this country. We welcome you here,” External link

politicoWednesday, November 7, 2018 9:32:00 PM CET

Jerrold Nadler said: “The firing of Jeff Sessions fits a clear pattern of interference from Donald Trump in the work of the Department of Justice and the ongoing criminal investigation being conducted by Robert Mueller,” “There is no mistaking what this means, and what is at stake: this is a constitutionally perilous moment for our country and for the president. Donald Trump may think he has the power to hire and fire whomever he pleases, but he cannot take such action if it is determined that it is for the purposes of subverting the rule of law and obstructing justice. If he abuses his office in such a fashion, then there will be consequences” External link

guardianThursday, November 8, 2018 4:13:00 PM CET

Matt Whitaker wrote (about Donald Trump): “It does not take a lawyer or even a former federal prosecutor like myself to conclude that investigating Donald Trump ’s finances or his family’s finances falls completely outside the realm of his 2016 campaign and allegations that the campaign coordinated with the Russian government or anyone else,” “That goes beyond the scope of the special counsel” External link

washtimesWednesday, November 7, 2018 10:28:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions added: “In my time as attorney general, we have restored and upheld the rule of law – a glorious tradition that each of us has a responsibility to safeguard,” External link

thenationonlinengWednesday, November 7, 2018 11:33:00 PM CET

Donald Trump wrote: “Why didn’t A.G. Sessions replace Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a Comey friend who was in charge of Clinton investigation but got big dollars ($700,000) for his wife’s political run from Hillary Clinton and her representatives. Drain the Swamp!” External link

mycentraloregonThursday, November 8, 2018 2:07:00 AM CET

Jerrold Nadler said: "The American people understand that no person is above the law and have demanded accountability from their government," External link

usaTodayThursday, November 8, 2018 3:09:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions wrote: “But what I’m proud of is not a title or a job,” “What I’m proud of is this Department the 115,000 people who work together to pursue our goals. What I’m proud of is you” External link

washtimesThursday, November 8, 2018 7:48:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions added: “Most importantly, in my time as attorney general, we have restored and upheld the rule of law,” External link

clickittefaqThursday, November 8, 2018 4:36:00 PM CET

Elijah Cummings added: "President Trump waited until just hours after the midterm elections to make this move, which had been rumored for months. Congress must now investigate the real reason for this termination, confirm that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is recused from all aspects of the Special Counsel’s probe, and ensure that the Department of Justice safeguards the integrity of the Mueller investigation," External link

ABCnewsWednesday, November 7, 2018 10:10:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions said: “Having concluded those meetings today, I have decided to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the campaigns for president of the United States,” External link

foxnewsWednesday, November 7, 2018 9:22:00 PM CET

Jerome Corsi said (about Robert Mueller): “It’s been two months, on a really constant basis in the Mueller investigation. It’s been one of the biggest pushes of my life,” External link

sentinelsourceThursday, November 8, 2018 6:07:00 PM CET

Nancy Pelosi told (about Donald Trump): “Today is more than about Democrats and Republicans; it’s about restoring the Constitution’s checks and balances to the Trump administration,” External link

nrttvThursday, November 8, 2018 7:16:00 AM CET

Matthew Whitaker wrote: "This would raise serious concerns that the special counsel's investigation was a mere witch hunt," External link

nytimesWednesday, November 7, 2018 9:57:00 PM CET

Jens Ohlin said: "I don't think Whitaker has good cause to fire Mueller. He would have to trump up some charges," External link

RTERadioThursday, November 8, 2018 12:36:00 PM CET

John Malcolm told: "He is the acting attorney general. He has no reason to recuse himself," External link

globalsecurityThursday, November 8, 2018 6:56:00 AM CET

James Comey said: "Our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case," External link

click2houstonThursday, November 8, 2018 3:59:00 AM CET

Donald Trump said: “I’m not happy at the border, I’m not happy with numerous things, not just this,” External link

newsweek-USAWednesday, November 7, 2018 10:24:00 PM CET

Lindsey Graham said: “The president’s entitled to an attorney general he has faith in, somebody that’s qualified for the job, and I think there will come a time, sooner rather than later, where it will be time to have a new face and a fresh voice at the Department of Justice,” External link

ABCnewsWednesday, November 7, 2018 9:39:00 PM CET

Kristen Clarke said: “I will acknowledge that the civil rights division has continued to pursue important work in the hate crimes area,” “But when it comes to voting rights and confronting systemic police misconduct and other areas of the civil rights division, we’ve seen work come to a complete standstill” External link

denverpostWednesday, November 7, 2018 9:44:00 PM CET

Donald Trump said: “They can play that game, but we can play it better,” “All you’re going to do is end up in back and forth and back and forth, and two years is going to go up and we won’t have done a thing” External link

nrttvThursday, November 8, 2018 7:16:00 AM CET

John Cornyn said (about Jeff Sessions): “Attorney General Sessions has selflessly dedicated more than 40 years to serving the people of Alabama and the nation,” External link

foxnewsWednesday, November 7, 2018 10:07:00 PM CET

Donald Trump said (about Jeff Sessions): "How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, 'Thanks, Jeff, but I can't, you know, I'm not going to take you.' It's extremely unfair, and that's a mild word, to the president," External link

kxxvWednesday, November 7, 2018 9:47:00 PM CET

Lindsey Graham added (about Jeff Sessions): “If Jeff Sessions if fired there will be holy hell to pay,” External link

politico-euThursday, November 8, 2018 5:00:00 AM CET

Jonathan Smith says: “There’s been a very hard wall between the White House and the Department of Justice regarding the handling of criminal prosecutions,” External link

news-yahooThursday, November 8, 2018 10:34:00 PM CET

Matthew Whitaker wrote: "I've prosecuted several financial crimes at the federal level and I've also defended plenty in my private practice. From this unique vantage point, I can understand how a motivated prosecutor, in a broad investigation into the financial affairs of high-profile individuals, can become overzealous toward the targets of such probes -- with calamitous results," External link

ABCnewsWednesday, November 7, 2018 10:10:00 PM CET

Charles Schumer said: "I find the timing very suspect," External link

usaTodayThursday, November 8, 2018 12:08:00 AM CET

Matthew Whitaker said: "So I could see a scenario where Jeff Sessions is replaced with a recess appointment and that attorney general doesn't fire Bob Mueller, but he just reduces his budget to so low that his investigation grinds to almost a halt," External link

cbs6albanyThursday, November 8, 2018 4:18:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions said: “Today we’re here to send a message to the world that we are not going to let the country be overwhelmed,” “People are not going to caravan or otherwise stampede our border . . . If you smuggle illegal aliens across our border, then we will prosecute you. If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you. And that child may be separated from you as required by law” External link

nzheraldWednesday, November 7, 2018 10:23:00 PM CET

Michael Mukasey said: "For him to have done that is incredible," External link

lcsun-newsWednesday, November 7, 2018 10:18:00 PM CET

Donald Trump said (about Jeff Sessions): “We are pleased to announce that Matthew G. Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, will become our new Acting Attorney General of the United States,” External link

dallasnewsWednesday, November 7, 2018 9:29:00 PM CET

Charles Schumer said (about Donald Trump): “And I hope President Trump, and those he listens to, will refrain from that,” External link

12newsThursday, November 8, 2018 1:43:00 AM CET

Matthew Whitaker said: "It has been a privilege to work under his leadership," External link

lcsun-newsThursday, November 8, 2018 1:37:00 AM CET

Alberto Gonzales told: "From my perspective, it doesn't look good," External link

CBCThursday, November 8, 2018 8:02:00 PM CET

Chuck Canterbury said (about Jeff Sessions): “We’ve been very pleased with Attorney General Sessions from day one,” External link

denverpostWednesday, November 7, 2018 9:44:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions wrote: “We have operated with integrity and have lawfully and aggressively advanced the policy agenda of this administration,” External link

ABCnewsWednesday, November 7, 2018 9:39:00 PM CET

Charles Cooper said: “In virtually every area of legal policy, he has done exactly what conservatives like me had hoped and expected that he would do,” “But he’s done it more energetically, more effectively than we could have imagined” External link

denverpostWednesday, November 7, 2018 9:44:00 PM CET

Donald Trump said: “CNN should be ashamed of itself having you work for them,” External link

news-yahooThursday, November 8, 2018 2:33:00 PM CET

Donald Trump said: “Mueller’s investigation of Trump is going too far” External link

themirrorThursday, November 8, 2018 6:25:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions answered (about Donald Trump): "If there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign, what will you do?" External link

nbcnewsThursday, November 8, 2018 2:13:00 AM CET

Matt Whitaker wrote: “Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russia 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing,” “That goes beyond the scope of the appointment of the special counsel” External link

dailycallerWednesday, November 7, 2018 11:04:00 PM CET

Jerrold Nadler said (about Donald Trump): "Donald Trump may think he has the power to hire and fire whomever he pleases, but he cannot take such action if it is determined that it is for the purposes of subverting the rule of law and obstructing justice," External link

wsauThursday, November 8, 2018 1:15:00 AM CET

Mark Warner said: "While the President may have the authority to replace the Attorney General, this must not be the first step in an attempt to impede, obstruct or end the Mueller investigation," External link

houstonchronicleThursday, November 8, 2018 12:54:00 AM CET

Donald Trump said: “He will serve our Country well,” External link

theepochtimesWednesday, November 7, 2018 9:37:00 PM CET

Anthony D Romero wrote (about Jeff Sessions): “He was an egregious violator of civil rights and civil liberties. From his plot to deport Dreamers, remove police and law enforcement accountability, discriminate against trans people, perpetuate and expand senseless enforcement of racist drug laws, use of religion to discriminate against LGBTQ people and undermine reproductive rights, abandon protections for women against violence, and even lie to the Senate to cover up Trump campaign contact with Russian officials, his tenure as the highest chief law enforcement officer was a complete disgrace to our nation’s constitutional protections,” “Sessions allowed the Department of Justice to function as the political arm of the Trump administration to undo fundamental rights that protect each of us, disregarding years of legal precedent and settled law” External link

foxnewsWednesday, November 7, 2018 10:07:00 PM CET

Charles Grassley said (about Matt Whitaker): “I look forward to working with Matt Whitaker as he takes the helm of the Justice Department,” External link

news-yahooThursday, November 8, 2018 10:34:00 PM CET

Jeff Sessions told: “I have never met with, or had any conversation with, any Russians or any foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election in the United States,” External link

ABCnewsWednesday, November 7, 2018 10:41:00 PM CET

Jerrold Nadler asked (about Robert Mueller): "Why is the President making this change and who has authority over Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation? We will be holding people accountable," External link

firstpostThursday, November 8, 2018 2:22:00 AM CET

Donald Trump said: “I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad,” External link

lcsun-newsWednesday, November 7, 2018 10:18:00 PM CET

Steven Cook said: “They think extraordinarily highly of him,” External link

denverpostWednesday, November 7, 2018 9:44:00 PM CET

Mr Smith says: “It may not violate the law, but it is grossly inappropriate,” External link

news-yahooThursday, November 8, 2018 10:34:00 PM CET

Donald Trump said (about Jeff Sessions): “We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date” External link

beat102103Thursday, November 8, 2018 8:24:00 AM CET

Justin Denison said: "We have been living in a world where the size of a screen could only be as large as the device itself," External link

tri-cityheraldThursday, November 8, 2018 3:22:00 AM CET

Donald Trump said (about Jeff Sessions): “We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well,” External link

rttnewsWednesday, November 7, 2018 11:40:00 PM CET

Steven Cook said: “These consent decrees, while well-intended, drive a wedge between law enforcement and the community,” “What they signal is that the United States Department of Justice has said that this department is — fill in the blank — racist, abusive. It always casts a shadow over the entire department” External link

denverpostWednesday, November 7, 2018 9:44:00 PM CET

Paul Rosenzweig says: “In some ways this isn’t even surprising. It is something everyone expected [Trump] to do,” External link

news-yahooThursday, November 8, 2018 10:34:00 PM CET

Matthew Whitaker said: “Anybody would have taken that meeting,” External link

mycentraloregonThursday, November 8, 2018 8:30:00 AM CET

Bruce Westerman said (about Jeff Sessions): "I think a lot of people expected that [Sessions] would depart. I kind of thought it would be after the first of the year, but I don't have any kind of inside information on that. I wasn't shocked when I heard that he was departing," External link

arkansasonlineThursday, November 8, 2018 11:50:00 AM CET

Jeff Sessions said: “As long as I am the Attorney General, I will continue to discharge my duties with integrity and honor, and this Department will continue to do its work in a fair and impartial manner according to the law and Constitution,” External link

politico-euThursday, November 8, 2018 5:00:00 AM CET

Jimmy Gurule said (about Jeff Sessions): "I think you have to ask the question of who benefits from Sessions’ removal," External link

lcsun-newsWednesday, November 7, 2018 10:18:00 PM CET

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