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 Booker2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally The Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP Democrats warm to idea of studying reparations MORE (D-N.J.) expressed concern on Wednesday over President TrumpDonald John TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis MORE's decision to fire Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump's no racist — he's an equal opportunity offender Press: Acosta, latest to walk the plank The Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question 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 (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump 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.