Likely Dem Judiciary chairman demands answers about Trump removing Sessions

Rep. Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerDemocrats are running out of stunts to pull from impeachment playbook Trump asks if Nadler will look into Clinton's 'deleted and acid washed' emails Trump tweets conservative commentator's criticism of FBI director 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's nastiest break-ups: A look at the president's most fiery feuds Five takeaways from Barr's new powers in 'spying' probe Amash: Some of Trump's actions 'were inherently corrupt' 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 TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address 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 MuellerThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions Trump: Democrats just want Mueller to testify for a 'do-over' Graham: Mueller investigation a 'political rectal exam' MORE's probe into Russian election interference, which is being overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWhy Mueller may be fighting a public hearing on Capitol Hill Jake Tapper fact-checks poster Trump admin created describing Mueller investigation Jeffrey Rosen officially sworn in as deputy attorney general 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.