Nov 7, 2018

What they're saying: Washington reacts to Sessions' resignation

Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

In the wake of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' resignation, which was requested by President Trump, Democrats are calling for acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to recuse himself from the Russia investigation, while Republicans are praising Sessions for serving his country "admirably."

Why it matters: The pushback from Washington officials is building because of Whitaker's unfavorable position on the Mueller investigation. He has previously said the investigation is "going too far" and has referred to it as a "witch hunt."

What they're saying:
  • Former Attorney General Eric Holder called the president's move "a red line" and said anyone attempting to "obstruct" the investigation must be held accountable.
  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Trump "has something to hide" and demanded that Matt Whittaker recuse himself from the investigation.
  • Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) said Sessions' exit must not be an attempt to "impede, obstruct or end" the investigation.
  • Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said the House "will be holding people accountable" and questioned Trump's decision to remove Sessions.
  • Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) called for House Republicans to protect the Mueller investigation and said Trump is mistaken if he believes ousting Sessions will prevent him from being held accountable.
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters that Sessions remained "steadfast" in his commitment to law and order and his love for America.
  • Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said Sessions served the United States "admirably" in his time as attorney general and wished him well moving forward.
  • Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) said he applauds Sessions for his service to Alabama as well as the rest of the country.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a Monday press briefing that he won't get into a political tussle with President Trump — calling it "counterproductive" and "anti-American" — as his state deals with the most confirmed coronavirus cases in the country.

The backdrop: Trump said during an appearance on "Fox & Friends" earlier Monday that Cuomo has received high polling numbers during the outbreak because New York has received federal aid.

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued stay-at-home orders on Monday, with exceptions for residents engaged in essential services, including health care and government functions.

The big picture: The states are the latest to announce policies to enforce social distancing, which have affected almost 250 million Americans. More than 1.5 billion people worldwide had been asked to stay home as of last week.

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