Americans take to streets to demand Russia investigation be protected

Minnie Murray
November 9, 2018

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is expected to oversee the special counsel's investigation into potential coordination between the president's Republican campaign and Russian Federation now that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned.

Trump said he will nominate a permanent successor for Sessions at a later date. In the spring of 2017, Whitaker called the appointment of Mueller to take over the Russian Federation probe "a little fishy" and "ridiculous".

Trump's relationship with Sessions frayed just weeks into his tenure, when he stepped aside from the Russian Federation investigation. - Donald Trump just crossed a red line, violating the independence of the investigation pursuing criminal charges in the Trump-Russia scandal and cover-up.

Earlier on Wednesday, Mr Trump denied he would shut down Mr Mueller's team, but still labelled the investigation an illegal "witch hunt" that had spent "millions" of dollars.

'The rule of law is disappearing before our eyes, ' tweeted former deputy attorney general Sally Yates, who was the first senior figure fired by Trump. And the department is expected to receive a confidential report of Mueller's findings, though it's unclear how much will be public.

With the midterms over, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is believed to be preparing fresh indictments against Trump campaign figures, possibly including his son Donald Trump Jr. and a former campaign consultant Roger Stone, and could press for the president himself to answer questions. It's a job he knows well given that Whitaker has spent the past year as Sessions' chief of staff. The undated letter was then sent to the White House.

Rosenstein remains at the department and could still be involved in oversight.

"He wants a political crony to protect him from the investigation of his own campaign", she said. "Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein must be allowed to protect the Special Counsel and insulate the investigation from interference by the White House". But a new special counsel was appointed soon after, and the firing of Cox was found by a court to be illegal on November 14, 1973. That left career DOJ Democrats in the driver's seat.

"We are in fact facing a countdown clock", said Sen.

He also said on CNN a year ago that he could see a scenario in which Sessions' replacement doesn't fire Mueller but "just reduces his budget to so low that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt". Mueller is probing Russia's interference in the 2016 election, whether Trump or any of his associates conspired in the meddling, and whether Trump obstructed justice. Rosenstein was at the center of a recent controversy after it was reported that in the spring of 2017 he raised the idea of Cabinet members invoking the 25th amendment to remove the president and suggested that he should secretly record Trump. "The notification to Congress is mostly about transparency".

He also announced media leak crackdowns and tougher policies against opioids, and his Justice Department defended a since-abandoned administration policy that resulted in migrant parents being separated from their children at the border.

Trump saw the move as a betrayal and frequently and publicly criticised Sessions for making the decision to recuse himself. 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.

Whitaker, who was Sessions' chief of staff, has faced criticism since Wednesday afternoon's announcement for his previous comments on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

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