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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Biden formally secures Democratic presidential nomination

Joe Biden speaks at Delaware State University's student cente on June 5. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden became the formal Democratic presidential nominee on Friday evening, per AP.

The big picture: Biden has been the presumptive frontrunner to take on President Trump since Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign in early April.

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Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

Heiko Maas. Photo: Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.