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Booker: Trump fired Sessions because he’s afraid of what Mueller is finding

Booker: Trump fired Sessions because he’s afraid of what Mueller is finding
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Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerPavlich: Where is Brett Kavanaugh’s apology? Poll: Biden and Sanders lead 2020 Dem field, followed by Beto O'Rourke Dems find easy target in Trump commerce chief MORE (D-N.J.) expressed concern on Wednesday over President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeath toll in Northern California wildfire rises to 48: authorities Graham backs bill to protect Mueller Denham loses GOP seat in California MORE's decision to fire Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsGraham backs bill to protect Mueller Democrats in murky legal water with Whitaker lawsuits Whitaker’s past business dealings under scrutiny MORE, warning that it "brings us one step closer to a constitutional crisis."

"I’m concerned that President Trump made this decision based on his fear of being implicated by Special Counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and frustration with Sessions' recusal from that investigation," Booker said in a statement.

The New Jersey senator called on Congress to pass legislation he's co-sponsored that would provide a layer of protection for Mueller in the event he is fired. He also called on new acting Attorney General Matt WhitakerMatthew G WhitakerGrassley defends acting AG against calls for recusal Acting AG will meet with DOJ ethics officials to discuss possible recusal Swalwell calls acting AG an 'assassin' hired to 'take out' Mueller probe MORE to recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigation.

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Whitaker has come under scrutiny since his appointment for opinion pieces he wrote for The Hill and CNN advocating for curbing the scope of the Mueller investigation, and suggesting stifling its funding.

Booker, a prospective 2020 presidential candidate, serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will oversee the nomination process for the next attorney general.

Sessions was effectively fired on Wednesday, submitting a resignation letter at Trump's request. His ouster followed months of public ridicule at the hands of the president, who regularly lamented Sessions's decision to recuse himself from overseeing the investigation into Russia's election interference.