Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Thousands pack Times Square in support of Mueller investigation

Thousands pack Times Square in support of Mueller investigation

Just to review how we got here, last year, Jeff Sessions recused himself from any investigations into the 2016 campaign.

But its fate now depends on the acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker - who's been openly critical of the investigation.

The former federal prosecutor served as Sessions' chief of staff for one year. He looked close to tears as he was applauded by the staff on his way out of the justice department building on Wednesday night. Critics fear he will move to limit the investigation, or attempt to end it alltogether.

"Acting AG Whitaker's hostility to the Special Counsel's investigation disqualifies him from overseeing Robert Mueller", Healey tweeted. "Clearly, Attorney General Sessions doesn't have the confidence of the president".

In the letter, the group of state attorneys general note that Rosenstein appears to have adequately overseen the Russian Federation probe and "should continue to do so, as Mr. Mueller's work must proceed free from interference or supervision that would appear to many Americans to be biased".

Those include an opinion piece on CNN.com in which he said Mueller would be going too far, and straying beyond his mandate, if he were to investigate Trump's family finances.

Clovis was also listed an unnamed "campaign supervisor" in the indictment of former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, according to The Washington Post.

Several GOP officials in Iowa who have known Whitaker for a long time say they were surprised by his shift in the Trump era. Jerry Nadler, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said he wants "answers immediately" and "we will hold people accountable". One of those offices, in NY, is leading an investigation involving the president's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, and hush money payments Cohen says he made to two women who say they had sex with Trump.


Mr Whitaker can now assume control of the Mueller inquiry, which has been overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein until now.

Protests are taking place across the entire country at 5 PM local time.

According to legal analysts cited by The Guardian, Trump's decision may set off a constitutional crisis over the fate of the Mueller inquiry, which followed a conclusion by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian Federation intervened to help Trump win in 2016.

But Clark said there was no clear enforcement action, like a lawsuit, that could force Whitaker to recuse himself if he declined to follow the rule. Whitaker did, however, believe that Sessions had no choice but to recuse himself from the matter, the person said.

As reason for his recusal, Sessions cited news reports of two undisclosed meetings he had with Sergey Kislyak, then Russia's ambassador to Washington.

CNN's Jim Acosta, who regularly spars with Trump and his spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, annoyed the president by asking if he'd demonised immigrants during the midterms election campaign and then went on to ask about the Russian Federation probe.

The probe has been criticised by Mr Sessions's successor Matthew Whitaker.

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