Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

What the acting attorney general thinks of the Mueller probe

Fears for Russia probe as Trump fires Jeff Sessions Whitaker was campaign chairman for Mueller witness
Patty Aguilar | 09 November, 2018, 22:29

"I don't know Matt Whitaker". "It's not ok for someone to break the law and be above the law". Whitaker was hired as a CNN legal commentator past year for several months, before leaving the role in September 2017 to head to the Justice Department as chief of staff to now-former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Whitaker has given no indication he believes he needs to step aside from ultimately overseeing Mueller's investigation, one person familiar with his thinking told CNN Thursday.

"I think there are people who are hungry to show they are scared for their country", "It's one day after the election, we're all exhausted ... and I don't think the timing of the announcement from the (Trump) administration is an accident". Several hundred demonstrators gathered Thursday in New York's Times Square and chanted slogans including "Hands off Mueller" and "Nobody's above the law" before marching downtown.

The attendees held signs reading "Innocence need not fear", "No one is above the law" and "Protect the Mueller investigation".

Crowds also turned out at the White House and in Greensboro, North Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Las Vegas and many other places.

Sessions's interim replacement, his former chief of staff, Whitaker, has publicly criticised the Mueller probe for going beyond its remit.

Nancy, another protester who did not want to give her last name, said Trump in trying to impede the Mueller probe has done something she thinks will potentially destroy the country.

A copy of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' resignation letter is photographed in Washington on an image of the exterior of the Justice Department. "Donald Trump has got to go!"

The ongoing investigation has produced guilty pleas from four former Trump aides. "I don't know Matt Whitaker", Trump said.

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Whitaker told CNN in 2017 he could envision a situation where a new attorney general would "reduce (Mueller's) budget so low that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt".

A group of about 100 in front of the Old Capitol in Iowa City chanted "hands off Mueller" and called for protection of the investigation of potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Whitaker, a former United States attorney from Iowa and a Hawkeye, has been an outspoken critic of the probe. "If you have somebody that you trust that is saying you need to meet with this individual because they have information about her, you would take that meeting".

Sessions - who bonded with Trump over their populist views on trade and immigration - became the first sitting senator to endorse Trump in February 2016 when he announced his support of the NY businessman's then-underdog campaign.

Christie shocked the Republican establishment after he endorsed then-candidate Donald Trump for president in February 2016 and joined Trump's campaign.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday that legislation to shield special counsel Robert S. Mueller III from being fired is still not on the Senate agenda.

The court's order directed each party in the case to file briefs by Nov. 19 outlining, "what, if any effect, the November 7, 2018 designation of an Acting Attorney General different from the official who appointed Special Counsel Mueller has on this case".

On Friday as he left for Paris, the president dismissed the argument that Whitaker's past comments might disqualify him from overseeing the special counsel. Whitaker accompanied the tweet with his own comment to his followers: "Worth a Read".

That set off immediate alarm bells: Whitaker has been overtly critical of the broad scope granted to Mueller's team to probe beyond allegations Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in 2016, into other ties between Trump, his family and aides, and Russian Federation - an investigation the president calls a "witch hunt". He said there was no evidence of collusion.

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