Likely Dem Judiciary chairman demands answers about Trump removing Sessions

Rep. Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerNancy Pelosi should be Speaker of the House Heads up, GOP: Elections have consequences Trump’s new strategy: Chummer-in-Chief 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 SessionsDHS chief says Trump administration to appeal asylum ruling 'as quickly as possible' House GOP to hold hearing into DOJ’s probe of Clinton Foundation Whitaker received .2M from conservative nonprofit: report 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.


His comments came moments after Sessions resigned from his post as attorney general, at President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: WHCA picking non-comedian for headliner a 'good first step' Five takeaways from Mississippi's Senate debate Watergate’s John Dean: Nixon would tell Trump 'he's going too far' 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 Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's probe into Russian election interference, which is being overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinBlumenthal: Whitaker appointment raises 'danger of a slow-motion Saturday Night Massacre' Schumer calls for investigation of Whitaker's contacts with White House Laura Ingraham: 'Unforced error' for Trump 'to ridicule Adam Schiff's name' 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.