Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Thousands pack Times Square in support of Mueller investigation

Article Image Jeff Sessions Resigns as Attorney General Trump ousts U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, announces interim replacement
Kenny Thornton | 09 November, 2018, 07:35

He called on Whitaker to recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe because of previous comments about the investigation, echoing calls from other top Democrats.

But Mitt Romney, the party's 2012 presidential nominee who was elected on Tuesday to the U.S. Senate from Utah, warned that Mueller's probe should not be affected by Sessions' departure.

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".

Whitaker is Sessions' former chief of staff. Trump told associates that he felt that Whitaker would be "loyal" and would not have recused himself from the Russian Federation probe as Sessions had done, according to two Republicans close to the White House not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.

The investigation has so far produced 32 criminal charges and guilty pleas from four former Trump aides. But the work is not done, and critical decisions await that could shape the remainder of Trump's presidency. "Trump's attempt to be his own judge and jury is inconsistent with the rule of law and democracy". And the department is expected to receive a confidential report of Mueller's findings, though it's unclear how much will be public.

Mitt Romney, the Republican Party's 2012 presidential nominee who won the Utah race on Tuesday to become a USA senator, also said Mueller's probe should not be affected by Sessions' dismissal.

Republicans warned Trump past year against replacing Sessions, but some of that resistance appeared to break down by late August, when several key GOP senators signaled to Trump that he could find a new attorney general after the midterm elections.

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

Matt Whitaker has been named acting US attorney general following the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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

He added: "Under acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker, it is imperative that the important work of the Justice Department continues, and that the Mueller investigation proceeds to its conclusion unimpeded".

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Rosenstein remains at the department and could still be involved in oversight. He has said that Hillary Clinton should have been prosecuted for her email scandal as secretary of state and that Trump made the right call in firing FBI Director James Comey.

"Donald Trump, you will not keep us from knowing the truth, whatever the truth is", said rally organizer Andrea Hildebran Smith of the activist group Floridians Against Corruption and Treason.

Critics worry that Whitaker may be unlikely or unwilling to defend the Department of Justice's independence against political interference by the White House, given his history of partisanship and loyalty to Trump.

Recent acting and permanent attorneys general have been longtime government lawyers or high-ranking politicians with more experience navigating Washington than Whitaker.

When Democrats assume control of House committees next year, they will direct everything from the subject matter of investigations to the timing and substance of committee hearings.

Trump announced that former Sessions chief of staff Matt Whitaker would serve as acting attorney general.

CNN reports that Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is also under consideration.

During a brief stint previous year as a conservative legal commentator on CNN, Whitaker often appeared as a Trump defender, saying he saw no evidence the president colluded with Russians during the 2016 campaign or obstructed justice.

Trump's relentless attacks on Sessions came even though the Alabama Republican was the first US senator to endorse Trump and despite the fact his crime-fighting agenda and priorities, particularly his hawkish immigration enforcement policies, largely mirrored the president's.

Most Republicans remained silent on Mr Whitaker, with several saying they were looking forward to working with Trump to find a long-term successor. Nobody Is Above The Law said it wants Whitaker to recuse himself from supervising the investigation.

In July 2017 Mr Trump told the New York Times: "Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else".

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