Likely Dem Judiciary chairman demands answers about Trump removing Sessions

Rep. Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerTop Dem: ‘I expect the president to lie to the American people’ in primetime address 2019 is going to be a tough year for Nancy Pelosi GOP rep says Dems will impeach Trump 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 SessionsOvernight Health Care: Thousands more migrant children may have been separated | Senate rejects bill to permanently ban federal funds for abortion | Women's March to lobby for 'Medicare for All' Acting AG Whitaker's wife defends him in lengthy email to journalist Watchdog: Thousands more migrant children separated from parents than previously known 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 directed Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build Trump Tower in Moscow during 2016 campaign: report DC train system losing 0k per day during government shutdown Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees 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 Rosenstein5 myths about William Barr William Barr's only 'flaw' is that he was nominated by Trump The Hill's Morning Report — Shutdown fallout — economic distress 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.