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 BookerGillibrand and Booker play 'How Well Do You Know Your Co-Worker' game amid 2020 speculation The Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s attorney general pick passes first test 5 takeaways from Barr’s testimony MORE (D-N.J.) expressed concern on Wednesday over President TrumpDonald John TrumpPentagon update to missile defense doctrine will explore space-base technologies, lasers to counter threats Giuliani: 'I never said there was no collusion' between the Trump campaign and Russia Former congressmen, RNC members appointed to Trump administration roles MORE's decision to fire Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsBudowsky: Senate must protect Mueller from Barr, President Trump Feinstein grappling with vote on AG nominee Barr Central American women fleeing domestic violence deserve refugee status 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 WhitakerRosenstein, DOJ exploring ways to more easily spy on journalists Pelosi takes power and sets high bar for Trump impeachment Senate sets Barr's confirmation hearing 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.