Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Local rallies planned to protest Trump's attorney general decision

Local rallies planned to protest Trump's attorney general decision

Congress now has a "hell of a lot" more resources now than it did Monday if the Trump administration and newly named acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker move to end special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, Rep. Eric Swalwell said Thursday.

Separately, House Judiciary Democrats called on Whitaker in a letter https://bit.ly/2PPqJ4q to recuse himself and keep the Mueller investigation under the supervision of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, a career Justice Department official who has given the special counsel full scope to pursue leads. Organizers say the naming of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is a "deliberate attempt to obstruct the special counsel's investigation".

'Nor has a President ever before appointed an acting attorney general who is on record describing the means by which the President could curtail an ongoing investigation of the President's conduct'.

"We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!"

Congressional Democrats, concerned about protecting Mueller, called on Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing the investigation in its final but potentially explosive stages.

Schumer and other leading Democrats were joined in their call for an unhampered probe by Republican Mitt Romney, a former presidential candidate and frequent Trump critic who won a US Senate seat in Tuesday's midterm. Even if Whitaker, Sessions' former chief of staff, does not curtail the investigation, Trump could direct him to take a more aggressive stance in declassifying documents that could further undermine or muddle the probe, the White House aide and Republican official said.

Supporters of the investigation around the country argue that Whitaker, who was given oversight of the special counsel probe after Sessions was forced out, has already shown that he will impede the crucial investigation, and that Trump's move is clear evidence of obstruction of justice.

Whitaker's statements in the media regarding the Mueller probe have alarmed activist groups opposed to the president.

Whitaker also worked on Sam Clovis's failed campaign for Iowa state treasurer in 2014 after both of them ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate.

Mueller's probe has since reached plea deals with or indicted a number of Trump associates.

"All leader McConnell has to do is bring it to the floor for a vote and I think we can lay all this anxiety to rest", King said Thursday.

"Committees will also be investigating Attorney General Sessions' departure".

"Sessions did not do the thing he could have done to better protect Rosenstein, and through Rosenstein, the Mueller investigation", Vladeck said. "Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein must be allowed to protect the Special Counsel and insulate the investigation from interference by the White House".

The protests come a day after Trump fired Sessions, who had angered the president by recusing himself from the Mueller investigation.

That left Whitaker in charge, at least for now, though Democrats, including Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. In an August 2017 op-ed for CNN, he argued that the scope should be narrowed only to direct interactions between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation, and not include anything pertaining to Trump's business interests or finances.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called it a "blatant attempt" to undermine the Russian Federation probe, while Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer tweeted that "clearly, the president has something to hide".

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