Nov 7, 2018

Top Judiciary Democrat demands answers into Sessions' resignation

Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York. Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images

In response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' resignation Wednesday at the request of President Trump, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) tweeted: "Americans must have answers immediately ... Why is the President making this change and who has authority over Special Counsel [Robert] Mueller’s investigation? We will be holding people accountable."

Why it matters: Nadler is the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee and the likely future chairman of that committee now that Democrats have taken taken back the House. This means he could oversee a potential probe of Sessions' exit.

One more thing: In April, Nadler and other Democrats introduced the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Protection Act, a bill to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller from getting fired.

  • The measure advanced to the Senate, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he wouldn't bring it to the floor for a vote.

The backdrop: Trump has repeatedly gone after Sessions for having recused himself from the Russia investigation, which Mueller is now overseeing.

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Trump acknowledges lists of disloyal government officials to oust

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President Trump on Monday acknowledged the existence of assembled lists of government officials that his administration plans to oust and replace with trusted pro-Trump people, which were first reported by Axios' Jonathan Swan.

What he's saying: “I don’t think it's a big problem. I don’t think it's very many people,” Trump said during a press conference in India, adding he wants “people who are good for the country, loyal to the country.”

Coronavirus only part of the story behind the Dow’s drop

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As someone has certainly told you by now, the Dow fell by more than 1,000 points yesterday, its worst day in more than two years, erasing all of 2020's gains. Most news headlines assert that the stock market's momentum was finally broken by "coronavirus fears," but that's not the full story.

What's happening: The novel coronavirus has been infecting and killing scores of people for close to a month and, depending on the day, the market has sold off or risen to record highs.

Bernie's historic Jewish fight

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Sen. Bernie Sanders would be the first Jewish presidential nominee of a major American political party — but that history-making possibility is being overshadowed by his conflicts with America's Jewish leaders and Israel's leadership.

The big picture: That's partly because we're all focusing on the implications of Democrats nominating a self-described democratic socialist. It's also because a candidate's religion no longer seems to matter as much to voters or the media, making the potential milestone of a Jewish nominee more of a non-event.