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Here’s who could replace Rod Rosenstein if he’s fired – Politics – Pulselive.co.ke

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  • If President Donald Trump fires Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the Justice Department’s rules of succession dictate that Solicitor General Noel Francisco would assume the post.
  • Francisco’s track record as a lawyer mirrors Trump’s rhetoric against intelligence authorities, with cases that include rebukes of the FBI and a defense of executive authority.

Speculation is swirling that President Donald Trump might replace Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after a New York Times report published on Friday alleged that the Justice Department head discussed using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

Trump has previously weighed firing Rosenstein, who oversees the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election that has in part charged four Americans once affiliated with Trump’s campaign or administration.

Justice Department rules dictate that Solicitor General Noel Francisco, whose track record more closely aligns with Trump’s ideas and grievances, would assume the post.

Francisco served as White House counsel under George W. Bush and was a DOJ lawyer until 2005, when he joined Jones Day, where he worked with several future Trump appointees, including White House general counsel Don McGahn, who is expected to leave the Trump administration this fall, and took stances against various prosecutions of public officials.

Trump infamously announced McGahn’s pending departure on Twitter after a bombshell New York Times article in August reported McGahn had given over 30 hours of testimony in Mueller’s probe.

Rosenstein appointed special counsel Robert Mueller in the investigation of foreign involvement in the 2016 US election. Since the beginning of the investigation, Trump has decried the investigation as a “witch hunt” and violation of authority.

In a 2016 op-ed, Francisco took aim at then-FBI Director James Comey, who he said had acted in political interests by watering down an investigation of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. In a case earlier this year with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Francisco reasserted Trump’s constitutional ability to hire and fire almost all federal authorities.

“The Constitution gives the president what the framers saw as the traditional means of ensuring accountability: the power to oversee executive officers through removal,” Francisco wrote. “The president is accordingly authorized under our constitutional system to remove all principal officers, as well as all ‘inferior officers’ he has appointed.”

If appointed to Rosenstein’s post, Francisco would have the potential authority to fire Mueller, an authority that has been widely debated but not officially agreed to, concerning whether or not it applies to Trump.

Amid calls from conservative media, Democratic leadership raised their voices to discourage Trump from firing Rosenstein. The deputy attorney general has disputed the Times story that also alleged he had discussed wearing a wire to record the president.

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Democrats have reportedly developed a plan to insulate the Russia investigation from any personnel changes, zeroing in on obstruction of justice and protecting the integrity of the investigation.

Francisco’s potential commitment to Trump’s political causes became a central issue in his confirmation hearings last year, when the Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein questioned his expressed support for Trump’s travel ban and urged him in a letter to “publicly commit to refuse any order or request — whether express or implied — to interfere in the Special Counsel’s investigation.”

After two decades in the top legal circles in Washington, Francisco is an established presence that lawmakers have recognized could be elevated at any time because of Trump’s unpredictable behavior.

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon told Business Insider last month he thought Francisco made for an ideal candidate to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

“I think the solicitor general has done a pretty extraordinary job and is someone who will clearly be in the mix, but that’s for the president to decide,” Bannon said.



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President Uhuru apologises to Kenyans for police brutality : The Standard

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Police officers beat motorists at Nakuru KFA roundabout while enforcing the night curfew. (Kipsang Joseph, Standard)
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday apologised to Kenyans following reports of police brutality as they implemented the dusk to dawn curfew in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19.

“I want to apologise to all Kenyans, maybe for some excesses which were conducted or happened,” Uhuru said during a virtual meeting with recovered coronavirus patients, Brenda and Brian.
Brenda was Kenya’s first coronavirus patient.
She first arrived in Texas, USA on December 19, 2019, then proceeded to Cleveland, Ohio, finally making a stop in London, United Kingdom.
SEE ALSO :After Uhuru decision on housing, state must listen to people moreThe patient was quarantined at Mbagathi Hospital for 23 days, recording Kenya’s first recovery from the disease.
During the meeting, President Uhuru reiterated on the need for social distancing and observation of the guidelines laid out by the Ministry of Health in the fight against the pandemic.
He urged Kenyans to understand the gravity of the global pandemic insisting that that the measures introduced by the government were necessary to curb its spread.
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Kenya started enforcing a dusk to dawn curfew just days after the country recorded its first coronavirus-related death.
The curfew was announced on March 25 for an unspecified period.
SEE ALSO :The wars in Uhuru and Raila political partiesIt, however, got off on the wrong footing, with police officers across the country reportedly using excessive force, beating and tear-gassing crowds of people on their way home from work.
At least three people have reportedly been killed by police action, including a 13-year-old boy who was hit by a stray bullet on Monday evening.
Kenya has reported 59 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since its outbreak in the city of Wuhan, China and one death.

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3 COVID-19 patients recover as Kenya records highest single-day increase in cases » Capital News

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NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 1 – Kenya has registered three COVID-19 recoveries, after the first and third patients fully recovered from the virus.

The first recovery was announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday, March 25.

The
two other patients, Brenda Cherotich and Brian Orinda, appeared publicly on Wednesday
during a live video conference with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the two had been cleared to rejoin their families

“The
president announced earlier today that Brenda and Brian had turned negative on
two tests. They tested negative after being tested twice over a period of time
not on the same day. We are very pleased that they are now back home with their
families,” Kagwe said.

Brenda
had travelled to the United States of America in December last year, and came
back on March 5 via London.

She has been in quarantine for 23 days while Brian has been in the health facility for 2 weeks after contracting the virus from Brenda.

“I went to the US on December 19 and when I finished my stay I travelled to Cleveland and then to Chicago where I had a 10-hour layover. I then went to London and this is where I think I may have contracted the virus or on the plane while coming back home,” said Brenda.

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She added that three days after arriving in the country, she had a persistent cough and after observing her body for 3 days, she decided to visit Mbagathi Hospital.

“At
the facility they took me seriously and gave me a mask immediately I told them
I had travelled from outside the country. I want to assure Kenyans that this
disease is manageable and treatable,” she said.

Brian who contracted the virus after coming into close contact with Brenda said he had been in the hospital for the last two weeks.

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He
urged people to be careful and follow the guidelines set aside by the government
to ensure containment of the coronavirus.

“I
am glad that I am sharing my story and I hope people can now believe that
indeed the virus is real, and it is in Kenya. Many people in upcountry still do
not believe it. My aunt called me and told me that since I had contracted it,
she now believes its existence,” said Brian.

President Uhuru Kenyatta commended Brenda and Brian for helping in contact tracing and being responsible after they realized they had COVID-19 symptoms.

He
urged Kenyans to follow the example set by the two former coronavirus patients to
protect their loved ones, especially the elderly and people with
preexisting conditions, from contracting the virus.

“If
we were able to follow Brenda and Brian’s example, we can contain this disease.
As the two young people are showing us, we can not only contain this disease,
 but we can also treat it and get out of it. So, for all of us who are out
there with the symptoms, let us behave like these two brave and patriotic
Kenyans,” Kenyatta appealed.

The country has so far
recorded 81 COVID-19 cases after Kagwe announced 22 new cases.

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One patient, a
66-year-old who died while undergoing treatment, was diabetic.

The global pandemic has claimed
over 43,000 lives and infected over 800,000 others globally.

However, 184,596 people
have recovered.

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Kenya’s Covid-19 cases rise to 81 as 22 test positive

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Kenya has confirmed 22 more coronavirus cases bringing the national total to 81.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said 13 of the new patients are male and nine are female.

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The patients include 18 Kenyans, two Pakistani and two Cameroonian citizens, CS Kagwe said Wednesday afternoon during the daily coronavirus briefing.

The Health minister further said that 21 of the new cases were in quarantine.

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