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 BookerSenate gears up for Green New Deal vote Overnight Energy: Green New Deal vote set to test Dem unity | Renewables on track to phase out coal, study finds | EPA chief reportedly recuses himself from mine review 2020 Dems' stances abortion: Unjust and ignorant MORE (D-N.J.) expressed concern on Wednesday over President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos claims he was pressured to sign plea deal Tlaib asking colleagues to support impeachment investigation resolution Trump rips 'Mainstream Media': 'They truly are the Enemy of the People' MORE's decision to fire Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsPress: Should the media apologize to Donald Trump? After Mueller, Democrats need to avoid the Javert trap Mueller probe: A timeline from beginning to end 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 WhitakerEx-federal prosecutor: 'Thank God' Whitaker is gone, Barr will bring 'integrity' back to DOJ GOP pollster says Dems are relitigating 2016 election with investigations of Trump Former senior FBI official calls Whitaker hearing ‘disgraceful’ 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.