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Morning traffic woes ease as Cherokee, Fulton accidents are cleared
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Morning traffic woes ease as Cherokee, Fulton accidents are cleared

Morning traffic woes ease as Cherokee, Fulton accidents are cleared
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The scene of a wreck before 6:30 a.m. involving a Fulton County sheriff's deputy and three other vehicles blocked most northbound lanes of I-75 near Moores Mill Road. Fulton County sheriff's spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan said an inmate being transported in the sheriff's vehicle and a female deputy were injured and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, but no other injuries were reported.

Morning traffic woes ease as Cherokee, Fulton accidents are cleared

Traffic was a stinking mess – literally – on I-575 in Cherokee County early Friday after a couple of trucks overturned.

The wreck happened before 5:30 a.m. on I-575 northbound at Towne Lake Parkway. At around 9:45 a.m., the trucks were cleared and traffic started to ease up, according to WSB radio reports. The Towne Lake Parkway ramps were re-opened.

Chata Spikes, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation, said the crash involved a box truck as well as a dump truck that was hauling “processed waste.”

Both trucks overturned, and the dump truck’s load of waste was spilled onto the highway, Spikes said. Two injuries were reported, she said.

Also in the far northern suburbs, all southbound lanes of Ga. 400 were shut down in northern Forsyth County because of a truck fire.

The tractor-trailer loaded with cardboard caught fire before 4 a.m. near mile post 39 north of Cumming. The DOT estimated that the road would be shut down until around 10 a.m.

Closer to town, a wreck before 6:30 a.m. involving a Fulton County sheriff’s deputy and three other vehicles blocked most northbound lanes of I-75 near Moores Mill Road.

Fulton County sheriff’s spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan said an inmate being transported in the sheriff’s vehicle and a female deputy were injured and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, but no other injuries were reported.

All lanes were open as of 9:45 a.m., but the accident has jammed I-85/sb from DeKalb County. Motorists had to plan alternates and extra time from travels in the affected areas.

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  • The Senate's days-long debate on health care features a dynamic that's relatively rare on Capitol Hill. Genuine suspense. Debate kicked off Tuesday without an obvious endgame. Several Republicans voted to start debate but said the bill will have to be changed for them to vote to actually pass the legislation later this week. The amendment process promises to be extensive and freewheeling. And victory for Republicans and President Donald Trump is not guaranteed. The Senate has started off by taking up the House-passed bill — which doesn't have enough support to pass the Senate — and it'll take near-unanimity among Republicans for them to alter the measure. Right now, they're deeply divided. 'We obviously don't have consensus on where we ought to go,' said Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis. 'No matter what we pass it's not going to fix the whole problem.' Here's a primer on how to watch this week's Senate debate on repealing and replacing the Obama health law. ___ FAST-TRACK PROCESS First, the legislation is being debated under fast-track budget rules that allow it to pass on a simple majority instead of having to clear the 60-vote filibuster threshold required of other legislation. Debate is limited to 20 hours. Amendments, generally speaking, are unlimited — and can be offered after debate time has expired in a Washington ritual known as 'vote-a-rama.' That's when amendment after amendment is voted on in what could be an all-night session on Thursday. The first amendments get up to two hours of debate. During the voting marathon, debate is typically just two minutes. ___ AMENDMENTS GALORE Unlike other bills, which typically are debated in ways that limit senators' rights to offer changes known as amendments, the current bill is wide open. 'I suspect there will be literally hundreds of amendments,' said Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate. The first amendment was offered by GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. It is virtually identical to the version that passed the Senate in late 2015 that would repeal much of Obamacare and leave replacing it for later. It's sure to lose, even though it passed less than two years ago — when skeptics of repealing the law without a clear plan for replacing it were assured of former President Barack Obama's veto. Another McConnell amendment, likely to be swatted down by a parliamentary challenge by Democrats, includes the Senate's most recent 'repeal and replace' bill — scuttled last week for lack of support — along with separate provisions from Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rob Portman, R-Ohio. Democrats are poised to offer dozens of amendments of their own. For instance, they could try to eliminate tax cuts rewarding investors and upper bracket earners, just for starters. One problem: Senators don't necessarily know how to draft amendments because they're unsure which bill they'll ultimately be amending. ___ PARLIAMENTARY PUZZLE The special fast-track process, called reconciliation in Washington-speak, comes with tricky rules. Amendments that are carefully crafted and fit within the rules can pass on a simple majority vote. But many amendments run afoul of the Senate's byzantine rules, which mean they can require 60 votes and effectively be blocked by Democrats. Among them is the so-called Byrd rule, named after former Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va. It's complicated, but the Byrd rule disqualifies some of the GOP's ideas, such as a provision in the pending bill aimed at lowering premiums paid by younger, healthier consumers by allowing insurance companies to increase premiums paid by seniors. The Byrd rule generally blocks provisions that don't affect the federal budget — and blocks provisions whose changes to spending or taxes are 'merely incidental' to a larger policy purpose. If such provisions are inserted despite the Byrd rule, any individual senators can knock them out with a point of order. ___ MCCONNELL'S LAST OPTION At the very end of the debate, after dozens of votes on amendments and parliamentary challenges, majority Republicans can offer one, final substitute amendment. McConnell would probably be the author and it could represent one final grasp at consensus among fractured Republicans. McConnell's last gambit could offer Republican senators a difficult choice since rejecting it would probably doom the whole effort. But consensus among Republicans has eluded McConnell for weeks, so there are plenty of reasons to be skeptical he can succeed now. ___ BACK TO THE HOUSE — OR INTO CONFERENCE? If the Senate should manage to maneuver its way through this week's legislative labyrinth, the resulting bill could go back to the House for a vote that would send it directly to Trump for his signature. The other alternative would be to send the measure into official House-Senate negotiations known as a conference committee. Conference talks, insiders fear, could be a nightmare and invite balkanized Republicans to feud even more. In particular, tea party House Republicans and the Senate's more pragmatic GOP wing could be in for a fight.
  • Where the Senate Republican effort to demolish the Obama health care law ends up is anyone's guess, but early indications are the GOP will have a hard time replacing that statute with any sweeping changes. Senators planned to vote Wednesday on a Republican amendment repealing much of President Barack Obama's law and giving Congress two years to concoct a replacement. A combination of solid Democratic opposition and Republicans unwilling to tear down the law without a replacement in hand were expected to defeat that plan. Late Tuesday night, the Senate voted 57-43 to block a wide-ranging proposal by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell replacing Obama's statute with a far more restrictive GOP substitute. Those voting no included nine Republicans, ranging from conservative Mike Lee of Utah to Maine moderate Susan Collins, in a roll call that raised questions about what if any reshaping of Obama's law splintered Republicans can muster votes to achieve. The rejected amendment — the first offered to the bill — was centered on language by McConnell, R-Ky., erasing Obama's tax penalties on people not buying insurance, cutting Medicaid and trimming its subsidies for consumers. It included a provision by Ted Cruz, R-Texas, letting insurers sell cut-rate policies with skimpy coverage plus an additional $100 billion — sought by Midwestern moderates including Rob Portman, R-Ohio — to help states ease out-of-pocket costs for people losing Medicaid. GOP defectors also included Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada, who faces a tough re-election fight next year, and usually steady McConnell allies Bob Corker of Tennessee, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Kansas' Jerry Moran. Before that defeat, President Donald Trump and McConnell snatched victory from what seemed a likely defeat and won a 51-50 vote to begin debating the GOP drive against Obama's Affordable Care Act, which sits atop the party's legislative priorities. In a day of thrilling political theater, Vice President Mike Pence broke a tie roll call after Sen. John McCain returned to the Capitol from his struggle against brain cancer to help push the bill over the top. There were defections from just two of the 52 GOP senators — Maine's Susan Collins and Alaska's Lisa Murkoswki — the precise number McConnell could afford to lose and still carry the day. All Democrats voted against dismantling the 2010 statute that looms as President Barack Obama's landmark domestic achievement. Leaders were openly discussing a 'skinny bill' repealing unpopular parts of the statute like its tax penalties on people not buying coverage — a tactic aimed chiefly at letting Senate-House bargainers seek a final compromise. McConnell was practically zen-like in his evaluation of the next steps, saying the Senate will 'let the voting take us where it will.' Asked what Republicans would do now that the dog had caught the car — an expression for someone who regrettably achieves a trying goal — Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said, 'We'll have to see if the car can survive.' Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said a final bill negotiated by the two GOP-led chambers would mean 'drastic cuts in Medicaid, huge tax cuts for the wealthy, no help for those with pre-existing conditions and tens of millions losing coverage.' Senators started 20 hours of debate on the bill Tuesday, though angry Democrats were burning time — not counted against that total — by requiring clerks to read amendments. At week's end, a 'vote-a-rama' of rapid-fire voting on a mountain of amendments was expected before moving to final passage — of something. 'Now we're all going to sit together and we're going to try and come up with something that's really spectacular,' Trump told reporters at the White House. He added, 'This is the beginning of the end for the disaster known as Obamacare.' That may prove a premature statement. Internal GOP differences remained over how starkly to repeal the law, how to reimburse states that would suffer from the bill's Medicaid cuts and whether to let insurers sell cut-rate, bare-bones coverage that falls short of the requirements. While pressure and deal-making helped win over vacillating Republicans to begin debate, they remained fragmented over what to do next. Several pointedly left open the possibility of opposing the final bill if it didn't suit their states. Even McCain, R-Ariz., who received a warm standing ovation and bipartisan hugs when he returned, said he'd oppose the final bill if it didn't reflect changes to help his state and lambasted the roughshod process his own party was using. He accused party leaders of concocting a plan behind closed doors and 'springing it on skeptical members, trying to convince them it's better than nothing, asking us to swallow our doubts and force it past a unified opposition. I don't think that is going to work in the end. And it probably shouldn't.' ___ Associated Press writers Erica Werner, Stephen Ohlemacher, Jill Colvin, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Mary Clare Jalonick contributed to this report.
  • A former Marine believed so strongly in the war against the Islamic State group that he secretly traveled to Syria, where he was killed this month while fighting for a Kurdish militia group. David Taylor, a 25-year-old former Florida resident, had kept his plans to join the Kurdish group a secret from his family and only told a high school friend, whom he swore to secrecy. Taylor's father said Tuesday that he didn't even know of his son's plans until after he had arrived in Syria last spring and was training with the group known as YPG. 'I got an email and he said, 'Pops, don't worry. I'm with the YPG,'' David Taylor Sr. told The Associated Press from his West Virginia home. 'He said, 'I'm doing the right thing. It's for their freedom.'' Taylor Sr. said when his son set his mind on something, he did it. 'There was no middle ground. He wasn't wishy-washy,' the father said. A Kurdish militia group released a video saying Taylor was 'martyred fighting ISIS' barbarism' on July 16. The U.S. State Department said in a statement that it was aware of reports of a U.S. citizen being killed while fighting in Syria but offered no further comment. Taylor's dad said the family was told about the death last weekend by a U.S. consular official. Taylor's high school friend emailed the father after he learned of the death. The friend said Taylor told him during a visit to St. Petersburg Beach, Florida, last February that he believed the Islamic State group needed to be stopped. 'One night he got drunk and told me of the atrocities he had witnessed in the Middle East during his time in the Marine Corps,' the friend, Alex Cintron, wrote in an email to Taylor's parents. 'He said to the effect that 'Isis was the bane of modern existence and needed to be stopped before they destroy any more lives and priceless works of human achievement,'' Cintron said in the email. Taylor's father shared the email with the AP on Tuesday. Cintron didn't respond to a message for comment sent via social media. Cintron said in the email that Taylor died from an improvised explosive device. The YPG video offered no details on how Taylor died. Taylor grew up in Ocala, Florida, about 80 miles northwest of Orlando. He attended college in Florida and West Virginia before joining the Marines. He was deployed in Afghanistan, Japan, South Korea and spent time in Jordan before he was discharged last year, David Taylor Sr. said. After his discharge, he came to the United States and visited family and friends in West Virginia, Philadelphia and Florida. Last spring, he asked his father to drive him to the airport because he had decided to visit Ireland, where his family has ancestral ties. Taylor Sr. received intermittent updates from his son about his travels in Europe until there was a period of silence for several weeks. Soon afterward, the elder Taylor received an email from his son, saying he had joined the Kurdish militia group. The consular official told Taylor Sr. that the YPG is paying to transport Taylor's body back to the United States. 'He loved his country. He loved democracy,' the father said. 'He had a mission, to go over there and advance democracy and freedom like we have it over here. It came at a horrible price.' ___ Associated Press writer Matt Yee in Washington contributed to this report.
  • Eager to punish Russia for meddling in the 2016 election, the House has overwhelmingly backed a new package of sanctions against Moscow that prohibits President Donald Trump from waiving the penalties without first getting permission from Congress. Lawmakers passed the legislation, 419-3, clearing the far-reaching measure for action by the Senate. If senators move quickly, the bill could be ready for Trump's signature before Congress exits Washington for its regular August recess. The Senate, like the House, is expected to pass the legislation by a veto-proof margin. The bill also slaps Iran and North Korea with sanctions. The 184-page measure serves as a rebuke of the Kremlin's military aggression in Ukraine and Syria, where Russian President Vladimir Putin has backed President Bashar Assad. It aims to hit Putin and the oligarchs close to him by targeting Russian corruption, human rights abusers, and crucial sectors of the Russian economy, including weapons sales and energy exports. 'It is well past time that we forcibly respond,' said Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Trump hasn't threatened to reject the bill even though Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other senior administration officials had objected to a mandated congressional review should the president attempt to ease or lift the sanctions on Russia. They've argued it would infringe on the president's executive authority and tie his hands as he explores avenues of communication and cooperation between the two former Cold War foes. But Trump's persistent overtures to Russia are what pushed lawmakers to include the sanctions review. Many lawmakers view Russia as the nation's top strategic adversary and believe more sanctions, not less, put the U.S. in a position of strength in any negotiations with Moscow. Trump's 'rhetoric toward the Russians has been far too accommodating and conciliatory, up to this point,' said Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa. 'Russian behavior has been atrocious,' Dent said. 'They deserve these enhanced sanctions. Relations with Russia will improve when Russian behavior changes and they start to fall back into the family of nations.' Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., said Congress 'is uncomfortable with any rapprochement with Moscow without getting some things for it.' But he said the legislation isn't intended to be a message to Trump. 'We're sending a message to Moscow,' Kinzinger said. 'But if the president had any intention of trying to give Vladimir Putin what he wants on certain areas, I think he'll think twice about it.' Heavy support for the bill from Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate has effectively scuttled the potential for Trump to derail the legislation. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders indicated Sunday the president would sign the sanctions bill. But on Monday, Sanders said Trump is 'going to study that legislation and see what the final product looks like.' Signing a bill that penalizes Russia's election interference would mark a significant shift for Trump. He's repeatedly cast doubt on the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia sought to tip the election in his favor. He's blasted as a 'witch hunt' investigations into the extent of Russia's interference and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow. According to the bill, Trump is required to send Congress a report explaining why he wants to suspend or terminate a particular set of the sanctions on Russia. Lawmakers would then have 30 days to decide whether to allow the move or reject it. 'There'll be no side deals or turning a blind eye to (Russia's) actions,' said Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 House Democrat. The North Korea-related sanctions bar ships owned by the reclusive nation or by countries that refuse to comply with U.N. resolutions against Pyongyang from operating in American waters or docking at U.S. ports. Goods produced by North Korea's forced labor would be prohibited from entering the United States. The sanctions package also imposes mandatory penalties on people involved in Iran's ballistic missile program and anyone who does business with them. The measure would apply terrorism sanctions to the country's Revolutionary Guards and enforce an arms embargo. Democrats said the new sanctions on Iran don't conflict with the Iran nuclear deal A version of the sanctions legislation that only addressed Russia and Iran cleared the Senate nearly six weeks ago with 98 votes. Lawmakers have questioned whether the bill may hit a hurdle in the Senate, which hasn't yet fully considered the North Korea section of the bill. But Royce said he made specific procedural tweaks to get the bill passed and to Trump before Congress leaves town for a month. 'We cannot afford any more delay,' he said. The three House members who voted against the bill are Republican Reps. Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Justin Amash of Michigan and John Duncan of Tennessee. ___ Contact Richard Lardner on Twitter: http://twitter.com/rplardner
  • The maverick stood with his party on Tuesday, casting a crucial vote in the Republican drive to repeal 'Obamacare.' But then, like an angry prophet, Sen. John McCain condemned the tribal politics besetting the nation. Confronting an aggressive brain cancer, the 80-year-old Arizonan served notice he would not vote for the GOP legislation as it stands now. McCain's impassioned speech held the rapt attention of his colleagues in the Senate chamber. 'Stop listening to the bombastic loudmouths on the radio, television and the internet,' he intoned. 'To hell with them! They don't want anything done for the public good. Our incapacity is their livelihood.' A few minutes earlier, McCain dramatically entered the chamber for the pivotal vote, his first since surgery and his cancer diagnosis in Arizona. Unified for once, Republicans and Democrats applauded and whooped for the six-term lawmaker. 'Aye,' he said, thumbs up with both hands, for the GOP vote to move ahead on debate. After he voted, McCain stood at his seat and accepted hugs and handshakes from senators in both parties, drawing laughter from the spectators' gallery when he and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders exchanged an awkward embrace. McCain then spoke his mind. His face was pale, cheek bruised, a red scar and stitches above his left eye where doctors had removed a blood clot. But his voice was strong. He offered a bit of self-deprecation, saying he was 'looking a little worse for wear.' He bemoaned the lack of legislative accomplishments in the current Congress and the GOP's secretive process in working on repealing Obamacare. He issued a plea for Democrats and Republicans to work together. Obama and the Democrats shouldn't have pushed the Affordable Care Act through on party-line votes when they controlled Washington back in 2010, McCain said, 'and we shouldn't do the same with ours. Why don't we try the old way of legislating in the Senate?' That would involve committee hearings and testimony from experts and interested parties, an incremental process that could take months. He blasted the path taken by Republican leaders 'coming up with a proposal behind closed doors in consultation with the administration, then springing it on skeptical members, trying to convince them that it was better than nothing. 'I don't think that's going to work in the end, and it probably shouldn't,' he said. Debates in the Senate have become 'more partisan, more tribal, more of the time than at any time I can remember,' he lamented. With President Donald Trump threatening electoral retribution for Republicans who don't toe the line, McCain urged senators to stand up for their own constitutional status. 'Whether or not we are of the same party, we are not the president's subordinates,' he said. 'We are his equal!' People with health care problems had speculated on social media how McCain would vote, and his decision disappointed many. Addressing concerns that tens of millions will lose coverage if the Republican bill becomes law, McCain said the process is far from over. 'I voted for the motion to proceed to allow debate to continue,' he said. 'I will not vote for this bill as it is today. It's a shell of a bill right now.' Arizona is one of 31 states that expanded Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law, and Republican Gov. Doug Ducey is worried about tens of thousands losing their health insurance. That has to be addressed, said McCain. The Arizona senator has emerged as one of Trump's most outspoken GOP critics. During the presidential campaign Trump had mocked McCain for his capture by the Vietnamese. The speech Tuesday received a standing ovation. 'He's tough as a boot,' said Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana. 'Many people understandably would be curled up in bed in the fetal position.' McCain's return was reminiscent of a similar scenario involving McCain's good friend, the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, who returned to the Senate in July 2008 while battling brain cancer to vote on Medicare legislation, his dramatic entry in the chamber eliciting cheers and applause. Kennedy died in August 2009. (The current Sen. Kennedy is no relation.) McCain himself campaigned heavily on the 'Obamacare' repeal issue last year as he won re-election to a sixth and almost certainly final Senate term. But he has not been a booster of the GOP health bill. His best friend in the Senate, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, said he's been impatient to get back to work. 'Is it surprising that he would get out of a hospital bed and go to work? No,' Graham said. 'It's surprising he's been in the hospital this long.' ___ Associated Press writers Erica Werner, Kevin Freking and Matthew Daly contributed to this report.
  • President Donald Trump has cranked up the heat on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, scorning him as 'very weak' and refusing to say whether he'll fire the nation's top law enforcement officer and his onetime political ally. It was an extraordinary public rebuke, and even fellow Republicans pushed back forcefully. All through a day of anything-but-subtle tweets and statements, Trump rued his decision to choose Sessions for his Cabinet and left the former senator's future prospects dangling. 'We will see what happens,' Trump said Tuesday. 'Time will tell. Time will tell.' His intensifying criticism has fueled speculation that the attorney general may step down even if the president stops short of firing him. But several people close to the former Alabama senator have said that Sessions does not plan to quit. In private, Trump raged to confidants that Sessions had been disloyal in recusing himself from the federal investigation of Russia's meddling in the presidential election and the possibility of collaboration with the Trump campaign. Sessions himself had met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak before the election as a representative of the Trump campaign and thus stepped aside from the probe. As he has previously, Trump said he would have 'quite simply picked someone else' for the job if he'd known Sessions would recuse himself. He called Sessions' decision a 'bad thing for the presidency,' changing a word from his previous comments that it had been bad for 'the president.' He also said the attorney general ought to get cracking on stopping leaks from federal intelligence agencies. The president's first broadside of the day came in a tweet: 'Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!' Trump's harsh words drew a strong response from a number of Sessions' former Senate colleagues, suggesting that all Republicans may not fall in line this time behind the president. 'Jeff Sessions is one of the most decent people I've ever met in my political life,' said South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham. 'President Trump's tweet today suggesting Attorney General Sessions pursue prosecution of a former political rival is highly inappropriate.' Sens. Richard Shelby of Alabama, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and others also voiced support of their former colleague, as did several key conservative religious leaders and Breitbart News, the conservative news site formerly run by White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. Former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint said he understood Trump's frustration with 'the endless media obsession over Russia' and his inability to get his agenda through Congress. But he cautioned that 'pushing Jeff Sessions out won't get Congress to move forward on his policies or stop liberals attacks. And Trump would lose a great ally and widely respected advocate for the rule of law.' Statements of support came from Family Research Council President Tony Perkins and Jenny Beth Martin, who leads the Tea Party Patriots House Speaker Paul Ryan took a hands-off approach, saying simply: 'The president gets to decide what his personnel is.' Some White House aides and Trump confidants have begun discussing how to move on beyond Sessions, while others have cautioned the president against firing a figure popular among conservatives — especially during the heat of the Russia probe. Should Sessions depart, several scenarios could unfold. If Trump follows his own executive order outlining a succession plan, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would become acting attorney general until a successor was nominated and confirmed by the Senate. That would leave the president, at least initially, with another attorney general of whom he has been sharply critical in both public and private for his handling of the Russia probe. But Trump also could invoke his authority under the federal Vacancies Act to temporarily fill the slot with someone of his choice who has already been confirmed by the Senate to another position. That could include Cabinet members or other top Justice Department officials— but only if the attorney general resigned as opposed to being fired, said University of Texas law professor Stephen Vladeck. Another option: A recess appointment would allow Trump to appoint anyone of his choosing to be attorney general if the Senate recesses for 10 days or more in August. This would allow the president to bypass Senate confirmation until 2019. But the length of an August recess remains uncertain, and Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York has vowed to fight such an appointment. Sessions' exit could also raise the specter of Trump asking Rosenstein — or whomever he appoints to fill the position — to fire Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and potential collusion with Trump's campaign. That would seem to fulfill the vision of the Justice Department that Trump's critics believe he articulated during the campaign: a place that, at his direction, will punish his political enemies. The White House was intent on tightening the vise on Sessions. Anthony Scaramucci, the president's new communications director, said in an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt that Trump is 'obviously frustrated' with Sessions. When Hewitt said it was clear that Trump wants Sessions gone, Scaramucci replied, 'You're probably right.' White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Fox News' 'Fox & Friends' that the president was 'frustrated and disappointed' with Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia probe. 'That frustration certainly hasn't gone away. And I don't think it will,' she said. Trump often talks about making staff changes without following through, so those who have spoken with the president cautioned that a change may not be imminent or happen at all. ___ Lemire reported from New York. Associated Press writers Steve Peoples, Jill Colvin and Eric Tucker contributed reporting. ___ Follow Lemire on Twitter at http://twitter.com/@JonLemire and Colvin at http://twitter.com/@colvinj