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Americans take to streets to demand Russian Federation investigation be protected

09 November 2018, 04:31 | Erica Roy

Americans take to streets to demand Russian Federation investigation be protected

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He's also citing the department's increased prosecutions for weapons and immigration offenses.

"Given his previous comments advocating defunding and imposing limitations on the Mueller investigation, Mr. Whitaker should recuse himself from its oversight for the duration of his time as acting attorney general", Schumer said in a statement on Wednesday.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says the exit of Attorney General Jeff Sessions is "not a constitutional crisis".

Sessions' chief-of-staff, Matthew Whitaker, will be acting attorney-general, Trump said on Twitter.

"The president's entitled to an attorney general he has faith in, somebody that's qualified for the job, and I think there will come a time, sooner rather than later, where it will be time to have a new face and a fresh voice at the Department of Justice", Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, who may be in line to head the Judiciary Committee next year, told reporters in August.

Gonzales said if a decision is made to curtail or end the Mueller probe, that shouldn't be made by the acting attorney general, but someone within the normal lines of the chain of authority, either the deputy attorney general or the solicitor general.

Sessions' departure leaves uncertainty to the future of the Robert Mueller led investigation into whether Trump's 2016 presidential campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

A Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, on Thursday called Mueller's investigation a "headache" for USA authorities but said it "has nothing to do with us", and he declined to comment on Sessions' departure.

Whitaker has no intention of recusing himself from overseeing the Mueller probe, the Washington Post reported.

Sessions' departure - although not entirely unanticipated - came just hours after the midterm elections. Eight guilty pleas have resulted so far, and one jury trial conviction.

Trump is also mulling Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who is on her way out of office, as well as Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and former Attorney General William Barr, who served in President George H.W. Bush's administration.

Whitaker is a former USA attorney from Iowa who founded a law firm with other Republican Party activists. "That goes beyond the scope of the appointment of the special counsel."Beyond the Mueller investigation, Whitaker revealed himself to be a hardline conservative when he ran for the U.S. Senate in 2014 before eventually losing in a primary to Sen". The recusal left the investigation in the hands of Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller two months later after Trump fired then-FBI Director James Comey.

One source speculated that Mueller could indict him for lying to investigators about whether he told his father in advance about a June 2016 meeting with Russians in Trump Tower to gather dirt on Hillary Clinton.

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