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Archive for November 7th, 2018

Adios! Trump Forces Resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions Day After Elections

Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump announced the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday afternoon, ending a long-tumultuous relationship with the nation’s top law enforcement official.

Trump said on Twitter that he’s replacing Sessions with the attorney general’s chief of staff Matthew Whitaker.

“We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!” Trump tweeted shortly before 3 p.m. “A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.”

The forced resignation came just one day after the midterm elections.

Trump has publicly clashed with Sessions since he recused himself from the Russia investigation. That allowed the deputy attorney general to hire special counsel Robert Mueller in April 2017 to investigate Russia meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

With Sessions gone, Whitaker may have the authority to take over Mueller’s investigation.

Trump had tried endlessly to shame Sessions into resigning, but Sessions didn’t budge.

The resignation is sure to have some political ramifications.

Democrats’ Control of the House Affords Protections to Mueller

U.S. Capitol

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Democrats’ takeover of the House of Representatives is good news for special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation of Russia and President’s Trump’s campaign.

The House only need a simple majority to impeach Trump, a maneuver that political observers believe is unlikely unless Trump tries to interfere with the election or is later found guilty of committing crimes. 

Democrats have tiptoed around the issue because of the political ramifications, especially since a vote of two-thirds of the Senate is required.

Trump has hinted that he may take bold steps after the midterm elections, such as firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who recused himself from the Russia investigation.

With control of the House, Democrats also have subpoena power, which could become critical if Trump tries to interfere with the investigation.

While the House cannot issue criminal charges, it can hold public hearings and refer issues to the Justice Department for investigation.

2 DEA Agents, 8 Sheriff’s Deputies Taken to Hospital for Fentanyl Exposure in Ohio

File photo of pills laced with fentanyl.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Two DEA agents and eight sheriff’s deputies were taken to a hospital in Ohio early Wednesday after they were exposed to the powerful opioid, fentanyl.

The agents and Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s deputies were raiding a home in Rocky River around 5:30 a.m. when they came in contact with fentanyl.

Fentanyl is an increasing danger to law enforcement as more drug dealers use the potentially lethal opioid to make heroin and painkillers more potent.

The deputies and agents were examined and determined to be OK, Cleveland.com reports

During the raid, two young children were at the home, where one man was arrested.