Suburban activists join national protest supporting Mueller probe

Suburban activists join national protest supporting Mueller probe

I don't know Matt Whitaker. Lindsey Graham's Rock Hill office to protest the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The US President fired Sessions after he had been critical of him for failing to stop the Russian Federation investigation. Trump also labeled a question from a reporter about whether he wants Whitaker to restrict Mueller's investigation as "stupid". Sessions' chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, has been named acting attorney general.

Whitaker now becomes Mueller's new boss and will likely be sympathetic towards Trump.

"The president could have done anything he wanted for many, many months now, and he's chosen not to", Toomey said.

Even as he claimed on Friday not to know Whitaker, it was clear Trump maintained an affinity for him, praising his qualifications for the job as he insisted Whitaker was being unfairly maligned.

"This only comes up because anybody who works for me, they automatically do a number on", he said. That investigation is now being lead by former FBI director Robert Mueller, who was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and has overseen the probe's work.

About 400 convened Thursday along the Riverwalk in Naperville to rally in support of the continuation of the probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

In this April 24, 2014, file photo, then-Iowa Republican senatorial candidate and former U.S. attorney Matt Whitaker watches before a live televised debate in Johnston, Iowa.

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When asked whether Whitaker would now assume control over the Mueller investigation, U.S. Justice Department spokesperson Sarah Flores said Whitaker would be "in charge of all matters" under the purview of the department. "Special Counsel Mueller must be allowed to complete his work without interference-regardless of who is AG". She said the "resistance" needs to be ready to react if Trump fires Mueller. Before that, he claimed that his indicted former campaign chairman Paul Manafort worked for him for "a very short period of time".

Trevor Potter, a former Republican commissioner on the Federal Election Commission who now leads the Campaign Legal Center, which advocates for more transparency in elections, said the question of whether Whitaker should recuse himself depends on Clovis' status in the Mueller investigation.

In Manhattan, the demonstrators shouted, "Trump is not above the law!"

While he didn't rule out a run, Sessions told the paper he is now drawn more to executive, rather than legislative, public service.

"It is ORDERED by the Court on its own motion that each party submit a supplemental brief addressing what, if any, effect the November 7, 2018 designation of an acting Attorney General different from the official who appointed Special Counsel Mueller has on this case", the order says, giving the parties a deadline of Nov. 19.

As attorney general, and earlier as White House counsel, he faced criticism for drafting controversial rules for military war tribunals, seeking to limit the legal rights of detainees at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Since his appointment, past comments Whitaker made about Mueller's investigation have been played regularly on some cable news stations.

"If he has a close personal friendship with someone who is involved in the investigation because of his role in the Trump campaign, then that would present a recusal issue", Potter said. Obstruction of justice is defined as an official using their power corruptly to prevent an illegal act from being investigated.

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