Protests Called Against Trump’s Acting Attorney General

Sergio Conner
November 9, 2018

"Trump has done a naked attempt to mess with the investigation", she said.

Democrats also raised concerns about the appointment of Whitaker, 49, who will now oversee Mueller's probe.

Lucas further explained that while the Democrats will have a majority in the House, they will remain a minority in the upper house of Congress, the Senate, and would likely have to convince at least some Republicans to join them.

Rosenstein no longer will oversee the special counsel investigation. Senator Susan Collins and Mitt Romney said it should not be impeded in any way.

Trump has told confidants he remains deeply annoyed by the 18-month-old Mueller probe, believing it is not just a "witch hunt" but an expensive and lengthy negative distraction.

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.

Overseeing it all is Whitaker, a former college football player and United States attorney from Iowa who was brought into the Justice Department a year ago to serve as Sessions' chief of staff.

Counselor to President Donald Trump Kellyanne Conway, is interviewed on television at the White House's North Lawn in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018.

In his first public statement as acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker said he was "committed to leading a fair department with the highest ethical standards".

Despite Trump's criticism of the probe as a "witch-hunt", Sessions and Rosenstein both defended Mueller's integrity.

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"Trump's actions are being compared with those of U.S. President Richard Nixon in one of the most controversial episodes of the Watergate scandal, the Saturday Night Massacre", said organizers.

Early indications are that Whitaker has no intention of recusing himself from oversight over the Mueller probe, thereby shifting oversight away from the controversial Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

The president can not directly fire the special counsel. That information would be disclosed to Congress at the end of the investigation, the regulations say.

According to United States media reports on Thursday, Mueller's team have started writing the final report of the investigation.

"If he doesn't, then Mueller's investigation will eventually start to look like a political fishing expedition".

In a separate op-ed for The Hill, Whitaker vehemently disagreed with fired FBI Director James Comey's decision to recommend against the prosecution of Hillary Clinton.

Trump was only a few weeks into his presidency in March 2017 when Sessions upset him by stepping aside from overseeing an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

What does this mean for the Mueller probe?

Mueller has already spun off two cases like this.

Those would be half-measures and insurance policies to limit damage.

In July 2017, he said during an interview on CNN that he could envision a scenario under which a temporary attorney general doesn't fire Mueller but rather "just reduces his budget to so low that his investigations grinds to nearly a halt".

There's some doubt about whether the president is right, but with the mid-terms behind him he could be itching to settle this Mueller business once and for all.

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