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Protests to protect Robert Mueller planned nationwide after Jeff Sessions firing

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Patty Aguilar | 09 November, 2018, 06:35

Trump installed Matt Whitaker, chief of staff at the Justice Department, as acting attorney general and put him in charge of the Russian Federation probe led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to a USA official.

Democratic Representative Jerrold Nadler, who is in line to become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee in January, said it is "wholly inappropriate" for Whitaker to take over the Mueller probe and that Rosenstein should continue overseeing it. The almost year and a half long investigation by the special counsel stems from allegations of Russian Federation coordinating with members of the Trump presidential campaign. He previously wrote an opinion piece for CNN entitled "Mueller's investigation of Trump is going too far" that said Trump's personal finances should be considered off-limits.

Never in modern history has a president attacked a Cabinet member as frequently and harshly in public as Trump did Sessions, 71, who had been one of the first members of Congress to back his presidential campaign in 2015. The Trump administration is going to be investigated over Russian Federation, taxes, voter ID laws, any aspect of this White House the Left hates was going to be put under the microscope now that Democrats have retaken the House.

According to the Washington Post, Whitaker has no intention of recusing himself, putting the two sides on collision course should the acting attorney general interfere with the Mueller probe.

Before joining the Justice Department, Whitaker was openly critical of the Mueller investigation.

Matthew Whitaker is replacing his former boss, Jeff Sessions.

The protests come a day after Trump fired Sessions, who had angered the president by recusing himself from the Mueller investigation. Senator Graham, who offered fierce defence of both Mr Sessions, and Mr Mueller's probe just 12 months ago, was criticised for merely saying: "I look forward to working with President Trump to find a confirmable, worthy successor so that we can start a new chapter at the Department of Justice and deal with both the opportunities and challenges our nation faces".

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In April, Pingree co-sponsored House legislation to protect the Mueller investigation by making it more hard for a president to remove a special counsel.

It was Clovis, no stranger to TV and radio himself, who encouraged Whitaker to get a regular commentary gig on cable television to get President Donald Trump's attention, according to friends who Whitaker told at the time.

Sessions, who likely suspected his ouster was imminent, was spotted by reporters giving some of his grandchildren a tour of the White House over the weekend.

"The president's actions have plunged the country into peril", the Democrats added. But Mr Sessions's replacement will have the power to do so, or end the inquiry. "Trump's attempt to be his own judge and jury is inconsistent with the rule of law and democracy".

That left Rosenstein overseeing the investigation, and he named Mueller as special counsel.

Trump's relentless attacks on Sessions came even though the Alabama Republican was the first US senator to endorse Trump and despite the fact his crime-fighting agenda and priorities, particularly his hawkish immigration enforcement policies, largely mirrored the president's.

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