Sessions exit raises fears over Russia investigation


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".

Whitaker will now oversee the investigation of interference from Russian Federation in the 2016 presidential elections as well as possible collusion with the campaign of President Trump, a controversial probe headed by former FBI chief Robert Mueller.

"Whitaker must recuse and Congress must act to protect the Mueller investigation", said an organizer of the march outside the White House.

MacCallum told him, "July of 2017", causing the senator to laugh, which prompted MacCallum to comment that "things have changed", which made Graham laugh again.

"The chances of Mueller being interfered with goes up dramatically" with Whitaker's appointment, he said.

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway is setting the record straight about Attorney General Jeff Sessions' resignation. "I'm concerned Rod Rosenstein will no longer be overseeing the probe".

DOJOn his way out the door yesterday, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions took credit for reversing an upswing in violent crime.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, who has already called on Whitaker to recuse himself from the investigation, said it is "paramount" that Trump's new attorney general protect the Mueller investigation.

The office of House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican, did not respond to a request for comment on the Democrats' request to put protections for the special counsel probe into spending legislation.

Just before Davis and others addressed the crowd, a motorcyclist pulled close to a group of protesters who were standing on the sidewalk close to Broadway waving signs with anti-Trump and pro-Mueller messages.

"There's a disrespect for norms, a disrespect for the rule of law, and a disrespect for the conventions of society and politics", he said, adding that politicians needed to "rise above party" to confront Trump.

In fact, Trump has repeatedly referred to Mueller's probe as a "witch hunt".

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Both Whitaker and Clovis are rooted in Iowa politics, and both ran for the 2014 Republican Senate nomination. The president said critics are only objecting to Mr. Whitaker now because he appointed him.

Now that the House of Representatives is in the control of Democrats-who will support the Mueller investigation with their subpoena power-the president clearly feels increasingly threatened.

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

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

Short of legislation meant to protect Mueller, which is unlikely to pass, there is little Congress can do to challenge Whitaker's oversight of Mueller, said Rosenzweig.

That left Rosenstein overseeing the investigation, and he named Mueller as special counsel. Whitaker reportedly does not plan to recuse himself.

"In fact, I just talked to him, he was in my office with the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation", the president said.

The Russia investigation is a "lynch mob".

Hundreds of people gathered at Portland's waterfront to criticize President Trump.

When the Democrats take over the House, they are expected to launch numerous probes of Trump, his business interests and his administrations.

After recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe, the staunchly conservative Sessions spent his time ramping up efforts to combat violent gangs, drug use and illegal immigration - all key components of Trump's law-and-order agenda.