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Matt Shuham

Matt Shuham is a news writer for TPM. He was previously associate editor of The National Memo and managing editor of the Harvard Political Review. He is available by email at mshuham@talkingpointsmemo.com and on Twitter @mattshuham.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) reacted in real time Wednesday to the news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had resigned at President Donald Trump’s request. In a subsequent statement, Schumer called for acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to recuse himself from oversight of Mueller’s probe.

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) appeared resigned to Attorney General Jeff Sessions ouster as attorney general, praising his former colleague in the Senate but refraining from criticizing Trump’s dismissal of Sessions.

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Grassley released a full statement later Wednesday:

“Jeff Sessions is a dedicated public servant and man of honor. I was proud to serve alongside him in the United States Senate for over twenty years. His leadership, integrity and dedication to our country as Attorney General are admirable and commendable. Jeff deserves the thanks of the nation for his service. I remain personally grateful for his valued friendship over the years.

“I look forward to working with Matt Whitaker as he takes the helm of the Justice Department. A fellow Iowan, who I’ve known for many years, Matt will work hard and make us proud. The Justice Department is in good hands during this time of transition.”

This post has been updated.

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Responding to President Donald Trump’s press conference Wednesday, Trump ally Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) labeled the mainstream press “Allies of the Democratic Party” and said “the way they are conducting themselves today will do nothing to improve their standing with the American people.”

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday called PBS correspondent Yamiche Alcindor’s question about the boost he’s given to white nationalists “racist.” She said later on twitter: “We press on.”

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