Trump fires attorney general nominee, appoints former prosecutor as acting attorney general
President Donald Trump fired the acting attorney generals nominee in a move to replace longtime federal prosecutor Melinda Haag with Brett Kavanaugh.
The president announced on Twitter that Brett Kavanaugh had been nominated to fill the vacant role and that the White House was working to nominate an attorney general to fill it.
Haag, who served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia from 2002 to 2008, was nominated to be the next U.A.E. attorney general by Trump on March 5.
Trump had nominated Kavanaugh to replace Jeff Sessions as attorney general in 2017, after Sessions recused himself from any investigations related to the 2016 election.
Sessions had been the acting U.N. ambassador in the wake of the attack in New York on Sept. 11, when he failed to declare his support for the Muslim faith.
It was unclear whether the president was considering appointing a special prosecutor to investigate the attack.
While the White White House did not say how the decision would be implemented, Haag was previously a prosecutor in Washington, D.C. and had previously worked as a prosecutor for the U-S.
Department of Justice.
Republicans in Congress were furious that Trump did not name a special counsel for the investigation into the 2016 presidential election.