Protesters call for protection of Russian Federation probe after Sessions resigns

09 November, 2018, 05:50 | Author: Angel Logan
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About 200 people gathered at Burnett Park in downtown Fort Worth Thursday evening to protest the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and to demand the Mueller investigation into the Trump campaign be protected.

Trump had repeatedly criticized Sessions for recusing himself from any investigation into potential Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Protesters gathered Thursday in cities from NY to California in a warning to the White House not to derail Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election.

A spokeswoman for the Justice Department said that the acting attorney general - meaning Whitaker - is in charge of "all matters" within the department, including the Russian Federation probe.

Whitaker has not been a fan. However, questions have been raised as to whether the investigation will be safeguarded from Whitaker, who has criticized it in the past.

Mr Whitaker has publicly criticised Mr Mueller's conduct several times since the inquiry began in May a year ago and taken the side of Mr Trump, who has dismissed it...

On the heels of this, CNN is reporting Thursday that the special counsel has begun writing the final Russian Federation report.

While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Conway explained President Trump is not planning to use the resignation as a way to shut down the Mueller probe. The president's lawyers have argued he has vast privilege under the Constitution to hire or dismiss almost anyone within the executive branch. Justice Department officials said his taking over for his boss was, at the very least, "awkward", because chiefs of staff typically leave with the attorney general.

Rosenstein no longer will oversee the special counsel investigation.

While Whitaker is now Mueller's ultimate supervisor, it was not immediately clear whether that meant Rosenstein would step aside. "Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein must be allowed to protect the Special Counsel and insulate the investigation from interference by the White House". If the new leadership at the Justice Department didn't want to go along, however, that could constrain Mueller's ability to investigate as he sees fit.

There have been rumors that Graham was being considered for the attorney general job.

Other speakers said Trump thought American voices would be silent after the midterm election and accused the president of attacking the rule of law.

Mr Whitaker expressed concerns over the investigation. Democrats cited his past comments about Mueller as evidence that he too must recuse.

According to sources who spoke with CNN, Mueller's team has already begun writing the final report on the Russian Federation probe.

Whitaker likely could not block the new indictments, which could include Trump's son Donald Jr. Whitaker is Sessions' former chief of staff. In college, he started at tight end for an Iowa Hawkeyes football team that played in the 1991 Rose Bowl.

Christie served as a U.S. Attorney in New Jersey from 2002 to 2008 and then as the state's governor from 2010 to 2018. He has twice failed in bids for statewide elected office, most recently losing the 2014 GOP primary for the U.S. Senate to now-Sen.

He also ran for Iowa Senate unsuccessfully.

"I don't agree with anything Trump does but I especially don't agree with this", Tania Lopez, who was at the protest, said.

"It is imperative that the Administration not impede the Mueller investigation", she tweeted.

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