New White House chief of staff John Kelly called Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Saturday to inform him that he still has the support of the White House, and his job leading the U.S. Department of Justice is safe, according to a report from Fox News.
This assurance from Kelly comes after President Trump made unflattering comments about Sessions to the press and issued a series of tweets regarding the attorney general’s having recused himself from the Russia collusion investigation.
Concurrently, two Senate Judiciary Committee members are busy making sure that the man now leading the Russian probe – special counsel Robert Mueller – doesn’t lose his job; so, they’re introducing a bill designed to challenge the removal of any special counsel for the Justice Department with a review by a three-judge panel within 14 days of the challenge.
Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) plan to introduce the legislation on Thursday, but the bill would be retroactive to May 17, which was the day Mueller was appointed by deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible ties to Donald Trump’s campaign.