Trump is warned not to meddle in Russian Federation investigation

Aaron Brown
November 10, 2018

While he still led the government ethics office, Shaub a year ago advised the Justice Department to require Sessions' recusal from the Mueller probe because Sessions had been a senior adviser to Trump during the election campaign. "A fellow Iowan, who I've known for many years, Matt will work hard and make us proud", he said in a statement.

Casey tweeted Wednesday after news of Sessions' departure that Congress should take action to protect Mueller's investigation from interference.

Those actions could involve seeking new indictments from a grand jury or a subpoena forcing Trump to sit for an interview. Previously he was a conservative legal commentator who was critical of the scope of Mueller's probe.

How many people will show up remains to be seen.

She said the investigation into alleged Russian Federation collusion has been winding down for weeks prior to Sessions stepping down. If Mueller approves any further charges to bring forward, Whitaker will have final approval.

Moscow has denied US security agencies' allegations that it interfered in the election in a bid to help Trump. Rosenstein had the role of supervising the probe because of Sessions' recusal.

"When you no longer have Sessions as the attorney general and you have a new attorney general, Robert Mueller has a new boss", she said into a megaphone. Whitaker also later served as the chairman of a Clovis campaign for state treasurer.

He also said the line of succession within the Justice Department does not include the chief of staff and the fact that someone in that position would be made acting attorney general is "very odd".

Gonzales resigned as attorney general under a cloud of controversy and amid accusations that the Justice Department has been used for political purposes.

Hundreds of people gathered at Portland's waterfront to criticize President Trump.

Democrats have slammed Whitaker's appointment to replace Sessions, arguing that Trump is trying to undermine Mueller and demanding that Whitaker recuse himself from supervising the Mueller investigation due to his writings and public comments attacking the investigation.

"If the president seeks to interfere in the impartial administration of justice, the Congress must stop him", Adam Schiff said.

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Mueller has not publicly identified any of the targets of his investigation.

"Americans have to keep doing this until it changes", said Lynch.

But Tuesday's victory by Democrats in capturing the House has consequences here.

Sessions recused himself from overseeing a probe in March 2017, shortly after taking office.

Two senators - Republican Jeff Flake of Arizona and Democrat Chris Coons of DE - announced Thursday afternoon that they will try to force a vote next week on legislation meant to protect Mueller.

Whitaker, a former United States attorney from Iowa and a Hawkeye, has been an outspoken critic of the probe.

Briefing the president on sensitive investigative details in an ongoing investigation would be highly unusual and could be a risky move for Whitaker, as revealing grand jury proceedings can be illegal.

In fact, Trump has repeatedly referred to Mueller's probe as a "witch hunt".

Democratic attorneys general for 17 states and Washington, D.C. wrote Whitaker Thursday demanding he recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe - something Sessions had done, which infuriated President Trump.

The probe cost more than $16 million during its first year, according to figures released by the Justice Department in May. Several senior officials said they were surprised by the criticism and believe it could potentially jeopardize his chances to remain in the post if it continues to dominate headlines. Mueller's direct spending during that period was about $4.5 million.

"And to outsiders, it looks like he [Trump] chose this person because this person has committed to end this investigation, this person is loyal to Donald Trump".

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