The Washington Post reports Sessions will be replaced on an acting basis by Matthew G. Whitaker, Sessions’s chief of staff. Whitaker has mused publicly about how a Sessions replacement might reduce Mueller’s budget “so low that his investigation grinds to almost a halt.”
While we won’t miss Sessions, his ultimate replacement could be even worse. Sessions is known particularly for his harsh immigration policies, but also his recusal to not interfere in Mueller’s investigation.
The Mueller inquiry is overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, who also has had strained relations with Trump, but is considered safe in his position for the moment.
Trump claimed today he has the power to immediately end Mueller’s expansive investigation but that he wants to “let it go on.” If Trump has nothing to fear, such could be the case, but who really thinks Trump has nothing to fear?
Regardless, the newly empowered Democratic House will launch Trump investigations and likely insist on seeing his income tax reports.