Likely Dem Judiciary chairman demands answers about Trump removing Sessions

Rep. Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerLewandowski: House testimony shows I'd be 'a fighter' in the Senate Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Nadler's House committee holds a faux hearing in search of a false crime MORE (D-N.Y.), who is set to become the House Judiciary Committee chairman, on Wednesday demanded answers on why Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump reignites court fight with Ninth Circuit pick Democrats press Nadler to hold Lewandowski in contempt Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' MORE submitted his resignation. 

"Americans must have answers immediately as to the reasoning behind @realDonaldTrump removing Jeff Sessions from @TheJusticeDept," Nadler tweeted.

"We will be holding people accountable," he added.

"Why is the President making this change and who has authority over Special Counsel [Robert] Mueller’s investigation?" demanded the current ranking Democrat on the committee.

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His comments came moments after Sessions resigned from his post as attorney general, at President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' MORE's request. Trump said in a tweet announcing the decision that Matthew Whitaker, Sessions’ chief of staff, would take over as acting Attorney General. 

Trump stated that a permanent attorney general would be named at a later date. 

The decision quickly drew scrutiny from Democratic lawmakers over the potential ramifications it could have on Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation MORE's probe into Russian election interference, which is being overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Nadler's House committee holds a faux hearing in search of a false crime House Democrats seeking Sessions's testimony in impeachment probe MORE

Sessions had recused himself from overseeing the investigation in 2017. 

With the Democrats' retaking the House, Nadler is poised to become the leader of the House Judiciary Committee. The congressman said Tuesday night that Trump was about to learn "that he’s not above the law."

“We’ll see where the Mueller investigation goes,” he added. “I think it’s way too early to talk about impeachment. We have to see what the Mueller investigation comes up with.”

Trump has repeatedly called Mueller's probe a "witch hunt," and on Wednesday said he could fire everybody with ties to if if he wanted. 

"But I don't want to stop it because politically I don't like stopping it," he said.