Trump Fires AG Sessions, Installs New Loyalist Whitaker to Oversee Mueller Probe

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"He was always extremely highly thought of, and he still is. I'd like to know the truth", said Pat Noga, an Emmaus resident.

The attorneys general also said Muller must have the "full authority to investigate and, if warranted, prosecute any violations of federal law". However, Trump derided his argument, calling him "Mr Kellyanne Conway" and insisted that Conway, who has been a critic of Trump, was only interested in publicity.

"Trump wants to shut down the Mueller investigation and we'll never know the facts", said Kristy Lynch, a stay-at-home mom from Maplewood, N.J., who marched with her 3-year-old twins and 8-year-old daughter. Whitaker was hired as a CNN legal commentator past year for several months, before leaving the role in September 2017 to head to the Justice Department as chief of staff to now-former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Hence, the timing of what Trump tweeted on Wednesday struck many as conspicuous.

"He looks like the kind of guy who sits at the head of a table", a source familiar with the matter said.

Trump dismissed concern that Whitaker had not been confirmed by the Senate by noting Mueller had not been confirmed either.

Some experts are raising questions about the legality of putting Whitaker in charge rather than Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who had been overseeing the Russian Federation probe. Before joining the Justice Department, Whitaker was openly critical of the Mueller investigation. Nobody Is Above The Law said it wants Whitaker to recuse himself from supervising the investigation. But associates say Trump and his aides are concerned about Mueller's next move with the work that is complete.

George Papadopoulos, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and Michael Flynn have all been indicted by Mueller.

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Graham at the time said: "Any effort to go after Mueller could be the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency".

Sessions' dismissal sent alarm waves through Washington and the rest of the nation, since Whitaker has called for limitations to the Mueller investigation, as well as its defunding.

"He's, probably from what I hear, a very strong person, a very strong personality", Trump added.

In the Senate, Democratic Senator Chris Coons and Republican Senator Jeff Flake said they would try to force a vote next week on legislation to protect Mueller from White House interference.

Why is anyone surprised that he's now done what he said he was going to do?

Since his appointment, past comments Whitaker made about Mueller's investigation have been played regularly on some cable news stations.

Jeff Sessions resigned as the United State's chief law enforcement officer after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks from President Donald Trump over his recusal from the Russian Federation investigation. It will also be Whitaker's decision whether to pass along evidence of any criminal wrongdoing by the president to Congress for any possible action.

"We are watching what appears to be continued obstruction by this White House", Pocan said in a telephone interview.

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