Fears for Russian Federation probe as Trump fires Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions forced out after months of Trump abuse over Mueller probe

Thousands gathered in NY last night in support of Mueller amid fears Trump may try to scrap the probe into allegations of election meddling and collusion by his campaign and Russian Federation.

That drew criticism from Democrats because Whitaker, who would now take over responsibility for overseeing Mueller and his investigation, has been critical of the Mueller probe, saying it should be scaled back. Whitaker has been at the White House dozens of times, including in meetings with Trump, and the two have spoken by phone on several occasions, including on the day that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was expected to be fired.

Matt Whitaker has a great reputation and that's what I wanted, ' Trump said.

It is accepted that Russia did attempt to interfere with the USA elections - something which Russian president Vladimir Putin denies.

George Conway III, a prominent lawyer, penned an op-ed in the New York Times along with former solicitor general Neal Katyal, arguing that Trump's power play at the Justice Department is 'unconstitutional'.

Trump emerged from Tuesday's midterm elections promising a new era of cooperation, but suspicions that he is trying to kill the Russian Federation probe and an extraordinary intensification of his war with journalists has thrown Washington into turmoil.

In theory, Whitaker could order Mueller to limit the scope of his investigation or end it altogether.

Whitaker was not hired as Sessions' chief of staff by virtue of any pre-existing relationship with Sessions, but instead because White House officials believed Whitaker's loyalties would lie at the White House and not with the beleaguered attorney general, sources said.

When a reporter asked he if wanted Whitaker to rein in Mueller, he called it a 'stupid question.' Whitaker has spoken publicly about the need to rein in Mueller, and skeptics have called it the sole goal of his appointment.




Both Whitaker and Clovis are rooted in Iowa politics, and both ran for the 2014 Republican Senate nomination. "What happened immediately after, Trump has taken the step of putting someone in place, that's an illegal step".

Several Republican senators, including the newly elected Mitt Romney, a former presidential candidate, said that the investigation led by Robert Mueller must be allowed to reach its conclusion.

"It is imperative that the Administration not impede the Mueller investigation", she tweeted. Also, some of the leads developed by Mueller already have been turned over to other Justice Department units, including the USA attorney in Manhattan.

However, the ACLU had a few other choice departing words for the now former Attorney General.

But Paul Rosenzweig, a former senior counsel to independent counsel Kenneth Starr, said he thought such a lawsuit would be unlikely to succeed because the US Supreme Court has said the president has wide latitude to fire executive branch officials.

The demonstrators are responding to organizers' overnight call to action after President Donald Trump named Whitaker the acting attorney general after requesting that Jeff Sessions resign.

In an interview with Reuters, Clovis said Whitaker is "a wonderful man" and "a dear friend".

Spats between Trump and journalists can sometimes seem circus-like, but critics say the president's hot temper illustrates his deeper disdain for Washington norms - and allegedly for the rule of law.

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