Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) presides over Senate Republican Caucus at the August recess. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)Updated at 4:05 p.m. ET
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters Tuesday that he will move forward with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said in August that he would step down if President Donald Trump proposed replacing Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
“I expect to be asked,” McConnell said when asked if he planned to stay on the job for the next term, which begins in January.
McConnell said he was “concerned” with how Kennedy’s vote may play out on issues like gay marriage, abortion, and affirmative action.
“I expect we’ll have concerns that will come up again and again in the next administration whether the leader of the majority will remain in place, or will another Republican have the majority, or do we find a better way to navigate this? But I haven’t seen anything that would change my view. I’m not taking any chances,” McConnell said.
McConnell, who is also the longest-serving Republican senator in the country, lost his bid for reelection in a special election in December.
McConnell’s announcement comes the day after Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ wife released a statement saying, “Senator Mitch McConnell played a crucial role in my campaign, he sacrificed his own job to help me during the campaign, and he is an important partner in my transition.”
The Justice Department and the FBI released a joint statement Tuesday announcing their agreement to a settlement over the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
It reads, “We have determined that the special counsel investigation was conducted in an unauthorized manner and, accordingly, agreed to a confidential, non-public settlement of all claims.”
The two have not decided on whether to sue or reach a settlement.
Sessions will have to decide whether to accept the “minimal sanctions” agreement. He might be granted immunity from prosecution and retain his job, according to Politico.
His wife Karen released the statement announcing the settlement at 10:11 a.m. ET, according to CNN.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ wife Karen said he will consider a settlement in the investigation into the firing of the special counsel.Sessions and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have agreed to a confidential, non-public settlement, the DOJ said. — CNN (@CNN) September 18, 2018 .@senormcketeam official announces she and fellow wife Karen will not prosecute or institute civil action over Robert Mueller’s appointment. https://t.co/9bSVWfWd2u pic.twitter.com/Xr5GPeZ6Rv — KBI News (@KBINews) September 18, 2018 ‘Should Jeff Sessions’ wife get immunity or immunity?’ If the House impeaches Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the firing of Robert Mueller, does that mean Jeff Sessions’ wife, Karen? https://t.co/8UlCElpJo9 pic.twitter.com/hdDJ1Ogo8I — Jeff Greene (@jeffgreene) September 18, 2018 OTHER NEWS: Several heavy hitters call for Anthony Kennedy’s seat to be filled by a conservative