Protect Mueller protests are erupting across the country

Aaron Brown
November 13, 2018

Organizers claimed similar events were held in hundreds of places across the country.

On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned under pressure, and Whitaker, a former federal prosecutor, was named acting attorney general.

Another Republican senator, Susan Collins of ME, said she was concerned by some of Mr Whitaker's past comments and called for legislation that would place limits on his ability to fire special counsel Mr Mueller. "I didn't speak to Matt Whitaker about" the Russian Federation investigation, Trump told reporters this morning, "I don't know Matt Whitaker".

In ousting Sessions, Trump has finally punished the Republican former senator from Alabama for his absolutely appropriate decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation because of the role he had played in Trump's campaign.

In an email to Department of Justice staff on Friday, Whitaker vowed to lead "a fair Department with the highest ethical standards, that upholds the rule of law, and seeks justice for all Americans".

Trump insisted Friday that he had not spoken with Whitaker about the Mueller investigation. Sessions' last day was busy but routine - until Kelly's unexpected call just prior to Trump's 11:30 a.m., post-election news conference, he told the Journal.

In an October 11 interview with Fox News, Trump gave the impression that he knew Matt Whitaker.

The White House is bracing for the probe of Donald Trump's presidential campaign to fire up again.

Demonstrations are taking place in more than 1,000 USA cities and towns on Thursday evening-beginning at 5:00 PM (local time)-in response to President Donald Trump "installing a hack" to oversee the ongoing investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

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By the White House's interpretation of the law, Whitaker can serve for up to 210 days without needing Senate confirmation, an appointment that can be renewed.

A Democratic aide told The Hill that a potential lawsuit is in talks, which would argue that Whitaker's appointment breached the Senate's "advice and consent" role, which is in the preliminary stages and is being researched.

"He was very, very highly thought of, and still is highly thought of, but this only comes up because anybody that works for me, they do a number on them", Trump said. Although a Florida ethics panel cleared Bondi of wrongdoing past year, her acceptance of the donation came under scrutiny because her office was at the time investigating Trump University for alleged fraud. "They held signs reading "#NobodyIsAboveTheLaw", "Protect Mueller: "finish the Russian Federation investigation" and "Mueller probe must go on".

Whitaker, a former Senate candidate and the sole employee of a conservative nonprofit, appeared regularly on CNN from June to September 2017.

Legal scholars are debating the constitutionality of his appointment.

Trump announced that former Sessions chief of staff Matt Whitaker would serve as acting attorney general.

"Mueller will be allowed to do his job", Graham said in a Friday interview on Fox News Radio. There's much speculation about additional indictments and a final report that could harm the president.

Trump abruptly altered the chain of command above Mueller on Wednesday, putting his work under the supervision of a Republican loyalist who has been openly skeptical of the special counsel's authority and has mused about ways to curtail his power.

William Gustoff, who co-founded a law firm with Whitaker and remains in contact with the acting attorney general, said Trump's comment may simply mean that the two don't know each other "intimately".

It would also be appropriate for Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and other Senate Republicans to make public declarations of their respect for the office of the special counsel.

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