Speaking on The Last Word Thursday, the MSNBC host questioned whether new acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker - who has had some strong takes about the Robert Mueller probe in his former life as a right-wing pundit - won't be able to help but obstruct justice on behalf of President Donald Trump.
In a tweet, the President announced that Sessions' Chief of Staff would take his place in the interim.
"President Trump has fired the attorney general".
'I don't know Whitaker, ' Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House as he headed to Paris. "That doesn't mean they're unqualified", Trump said.
In an interview with Reuters, Clovis said Whitaker is "a wonderful man" and "a dear friend".
Trump himself is also reportedly "very depressed" about the possibility of his son being indicted in the probe - as he continues to insist it is a "witch hunt". Some of the criticism Trump has faced for his choice of replacement has been bipartisan - notably, from George Conway.
Whitaker, a former USA attorney from Iowa and a Hawkeye, has been an outspoken critic of the probe.
"So how smart is Matthew Whitaker?".
Whitaker has the authority to fire Mueller, but he could also simply reassign some or all of the 13 career prosecutors who now serve on Mueller's team. Conway is the husband of the top White House aide Kellyanne Conway.
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He added, "Why don't you ask Kellyanne that question. Graham, I do believe we have the right to get a solid answer from him", she said. I don't know Matt Whitaker.
Whitaker has his supporters too, including a USA senator from Iowa, Joni Ernst.
Beyond Mueller, but also within the Justice Department's oversight, is a federal investigation into Trump's longtime legal fixer, Michael Cohen, who admitted as part of a guilty plea in August to coordinating with Trump on a hush-money scheme to silence a porn actress and an ex-Playboy model who say they had affairs with Trump.
"It is time for Rosenstein.to order Mueller to limit the scope of his investigation to the four corners of the order appointing him special counsel", Whitaker wrote.
The investigation until now has been overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller a year ago and granted him fairly broad authority.
Many at the event spoke out about President Trump's intentions in firing the attorney general.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment. Whitaker has been publicly critical of the investigation in the past.
"Based on my experience with Matt", said John Richter, a former US Attorney in Oklahoma and high-ranking Bush administration Justice Department official, "I think he will act consistently with the best traditions of the department and call things as he sees them". "There is no better public servant than Robert Mueller". "To #ProtectMueller's investigation, Acting Attorney General Whitaker must recuse himself given his previous comments advocating defunding and imposing limitations on the Mueller investigation".
"We don't have a king or a junta or a dictator, do we?" said Arlington Heights rally organizer Jerry Freda. Trump has crossed a red line - and we're mobilizing. Serving as a special counsel does not require Senate confirmation by statute.
About 40 people gathered Thursday night at Fountain Park in downtown Rock Hill and marched to U.S. Sen.