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Trump fires Attorney General Jeff Sessions a day after midterm elections

WASHINGTON: US Attorney General Jeff Sessions was fired by Donald Trump Wednesday after enduring more than a year of bitter criticism from the president over his decision to step aside from the Russia investigation that has dogged the White House. Sessions became the first casualty of a cabinet shakeup that had been expected from Trump following the midterm elections on Tuesday. "At your request, I am submitting my resignation," Sessions said in the first line of a letter released by the Department of Justice. The…

Trump wants criminal case against Republican ally Joe Arpaio dropped: report

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions about dropping a criminal case against controversial ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio, a close ally of the Republican president who has since received a pardon, The Washington Post reported Saturday. Trump was advised that closing the criminal contempt case against Arpaio, who was convicted for ignoring a court order to stop detaining illegal migrants, would be inappropriate, said the Post, citing three unnamed sources with knowledge of the conversation. The Republican…

Trump administration to appeal newest court setback to travel ban

WASHINGTON: US Attorney General Jeff Sessions blasted a Hawaii federal court Friday for weakening the Trump administration's travel ban on six mainly Muslim countries, pledging to again take the case to the Supreme Court. Sessions said Federal Judge Derrick Watson was undermining national security and improperly micromanaging presidential powers when he ruled to expand the definition of "close family relationships" which determines which people with family in the United States can be excepted from the 90-day-ban.…

Trump selects candidates for CIA director, attorney general

NEW YORK: US President-elect Donald Trump has tapped three conservative loyalists and army veterans to lead his national security and law enforcement teams, including Senator Jeff Sessions for attorney general and Representative Mike Pompeo as CIA director, a transition official said on Friday. The official said retired Lieutenant General Mike Flynn was chosen as the president-elect's national security adviser, a position that does not require US Senate confirmation. All three men have accepted Trump's offer, and the…