Trump fires Ses­sions

> White House bars CNN re­porter after ver­bal spar

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WASH­ING­TON: Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump forced out his at­tor­ney-general on Wed­nes­day and threat­ened to fight back if Democrats use their new ma­jor­ity in the US House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives to launch in­ves­ti­ga­tions into his ad­min­is­tra­tion and fi­nances.

Trump came out swing­ing a day after his Repub­li­cans lost con­trol of the House, and fol­lowed through on re­peated threats to re­move Jeff Ses­sions ( pix).

Ses­sions, a 71-year-old for­mer se­na­tor from Alabama, was an early and loyal sup­porter of Trump but drew his fury when he re­cused him­self from an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Rus­sian med­dling in the 2016 White House cam­paign.

Trump named Ses­sions’ chief of staff, Matthew Whi­taker, as act­ing at­tor­neygen­eral and said he would nom­i­nate some­one for the job soon.

Nancy Pelosi, the House Demo­cratic leader who could be the next speaker, said Ses­sions’ ouster was a “bla­tant at­tempt” to un­der­mine the Rus­sia probe.

She urged Whi­taker, who now over­sees spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller and has ar­gued that the for­mer FBI di­rec­tor’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion has gone too far, to re­cuse him­self from any in­volve­ment.

Dur­ing a news con­fer­ence, Trump trum­peted his role in Repub­li­can vic­to­ries in Tues­day’s midterm con­gres­sional elec­tions, and warned of a “war­like pos­ture” in Wash­ing­ton if Democrats in­ves­ti­gated him.

But the news con­fer­ence quickly turned rau­cous when some re­porters pushed him on whether his cam­paign rhetoric on mi­grants from Cen­tral Amer­ica was di­vi­sive. Trump ag­gres­sively pushed back. “CNN should be ashamed of it­self, hav­ing you work­ing for them,” Trump told CNN correspondent Jim Acosta, who wres­tled with a White House staffer who forcibly pulled the mi­cro­phone from his hands.

“You are a rude, ter­ri­ble per­son,” Trump told Acosta.

White House spokes­woman Sarah San­ders called Acosta’s be­hav­iour “ab­so­lutely un­ac­cept­able” and said his White House press pass would be sus­pended “un­til fur­ther no­tice”.

San­ders ac­cused Acosta of “plac­ing his hands on a young woman just try­ing to do her job as a White House in­tern” and of pre­vent­ing other re­porters from ask­ing ques­tions at the news con­fer­ence.

Acosta said in a tweet late on Wed­nes­day he had been de­nied en­try into the White House by the Se­cret Ser­vice.

He called the White House ac­cu­sa­tions “a lie”. – Reuters

A White House staff mem­ber reaches for the mi­cro­phone held by Acosta as he ques­tions Trump on Wed­nes­day.

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