Americans take to streets to demand Russian Federation investigation be protected

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Whitaker, who served as departed Attorney General Jeff Sessions' chief of staff, took over control of the Mueller probe from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

"This is is somebody who has already been out there, who has opined about the scope of the investigation, who is a political appointee", Marge Baker, the executive vice president of People for the American Way, a liberal advocacy group, said in an interview. The move has sparked concern that Whitaker would end or hamper the investigation. 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.

However, with Republicans tightening their grip on the Senate, an initially magnanimous-sounding Trump suggested that a divided Congress would bring opportunity for bipartisan cooperation - something in low supply in Washington.

"Everybody is in love", he said at a White House press conference.

Only minutes later, a series of questions he found overly hostile sent him into a most un-loving blowup.

The Mueller team is seeking information related to Roger Stone, a longtime Trump adviser who has been at the center of the Mueller probe in recent weeks.

Sessions took the lead in imposing Trump's travel ban targeting a number of mostly Muslim nations, canceling the so-called Dreamer program that let the children of undocumented immigrants remain in the US and forcing the separation of migrant families as part of a border crossing crackdown.

Grassley said Whitaker "will work hard and make us proud", saying that the department would be in good hands during the transition.

The president hasn't been charged with any wrongdoing, but federal prosecutors have said that a grand jury investigation is ongoing and it targets unspecified "others".

Susan Collins, Republican senator for ME, also warned Mr Trump against interfering with Mr Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, saying he "must be allowed" to finish it.

"It was supposed to be on collusion". Whitaker also said the probe should not extend to the finances of Trump, his family or their business.


"I think if you were to ask anyone with DOJ experience they would say 'Huh?"

He also backed Trump's ban on the entry into America of people from several Muslim-majority countries. "Had nothing to do with my campaign".

"Donald Trump just crossed a red line, violating the independence of the investigation pursuing criminal charges in the Trump-Russia scandal and cover-up", organizers wrote on the site.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions was sacked by Donald Trump on Wednesday after enduring more than a year of bitter criticism from the president over his decision to step aside from the Russian Federation investigation that has dogged the White House.

In piercing attacks, Trump called Sessions weak and beleaguered.

In 2017 he even used Trump's words, warning against Mueller engaging in a "witch hunt".

With Democrats grabbing control of the House of Representatives, Nadler will become the chairman of the Judiciary Committee - and could preside over impeachment proceedings against Trump.

Sessions felt that Mueller's investigation had gone on too long, but also believed it was important that he stay in the attorney general job as a means of protecting the special counsel's work so that, when it was concluded, the public would have confidence it had not been manipulated, according to a person familiar with his thinking.

"If the president seeks to interfere in the impartial administration of justice, the Congress must stop him".

"Our politics plays into our law and our law plays into our politics", Gustoff said in an interview.

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