Jeff Sessions’ Replacement Believes the Russia Investigation Is a ‘Witch Hunt’
In an abrupt change of personnel, President Donald Trump asked for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign on Wednesday, ending the pair’s embattled working relationship after nearly two years. Sessions, 71, reportedly handed in a resignation letter to White House chief of staff John Kelly by midday, as per the president’s request.
Since he accepted his position in 2017, Sessions and President Trump have gone from allies to opponents, with Trump growing increasingly critical of Sessions’ work as head of the Department of Justice. Although Sessions supported some of the president’s more highly controversial policies, like the “zero tolerance” border policy which led to the detention and separation of thousands of children from their parents, increased power for ICE, and a continued program contracting private prison companies to detain immigrants, it appears Sessions’ inability to protect the president from the Russia probe may have caused a rift.
During Sessions’ confirmation hearings, the former Alabama senator told the committee that he had never met with Russians during the course of the 2016 presidential election campaign. Once confirmed, Sessions admitted to actually meeting with Russian operative Sergey Kislyak on two separate occasions, which forced him to recuse himself from the investigation into Russian involvement, paving the way for Mueller — a man the president has been openly hostile toward on social media — who formerly served as the head of the FBI.
The Mueller investigation has dogged the administration since early 2017, but investigators had recently been on a two-month hiatus leading up to Tuesday’s midterm elections. With the investigation set to resume Wednesday, Trump requested Sessions’ resignation.
Immediately after announcing the resignation, President Trump announced that the interim Attorney General will be Matthew Whitaker, a loyal Republican who, in an op-ed for CNN last year, wrote that he believed Mueller’s investigation, which he called a “witch hunt,” was going too far.
Reporter Daniel Dale pointed out on Twitter that Whitaker was hired by Sessions just one month after penning the op-ed for CNN. And according to The Washington Post, shortly before that, Whitaker mused live on air that Trump could fire Sessions and have an acting Attorney General step in only to remove the special investigation’s budget, making it impossible for Mueller to continue the Russia probe.
“So I could see a scenario where Jeff Sessions is replaced with a recess appointment,” Whitaker said, “and that attorney general doesn’t fire Bob Mueller, but he just reduces his budget to so low that his investigation grinds to almost a halt.”
While Whitaker has not stated he believes this is the most prudent or effective outcome of the Russia probe, the legal group Law Works first flagged the 2017 comments in mid-October of this year, when it was announced that Whitaker was tapped to become Sessions’ Chief of Staff.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)