Rosenstein No Longer Overseeing Russia Probe

Sessions replacement talks Russia probe in 2017

Those include an op-ed in which he said Mueller would be straying outside his mandate if he investigated Trump family finances and a talk radio interview in which he maintained that there was no evidence of collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign.

Organizers claimed similar events were held in hundreds of places across the country.

Matthew Whitaker's future at the helm of the Justice Department appeared uncertain at best Friday as President Donald Trump denied even knowing the man he had named acting attorney general just two days earlier.

The president also castigated CNN reporter Abby Phillip for asking if he wanted Whitaker to "rein in" the special counsel.

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer immediately called on Whitaker to recuse himself from the probe as his predecessor had, "given his previous comments advocating defunding and imposing limitations" on it.

But the relationship was irreparably damaged in March 2017 when Sessions, acknowledging previously undisclosed meetings with the Russian ambassador and citing his work as a campaign aide, recused himself from the Russia investigation. Look for Whitaker to reduce Mueller's operating budget, pull lawyers and investigators now working on Mueller's team back to DOJ, refuse to authorize grand jury subpoenas or indictments, and/or push Mueller to wrap up the probe as soon as possible. Stone's visits to Trump Tower in NY before the 2016 election. I did not know Mr. Whitaker.

Whitaker is on record advocating its abandonment, and thus removing the prime cloud over the Trump presidency throughout its tenure.

Whitaker, a former US attorney from Iowa who twice ran unsuccessfully for statewide office and founded a law firm with other Republican Party activists, once opined about a scenario in which Trump could fire Sessions and then appoint an acting attorney general who could stifle the funding of Mueller's probe.

Speaking in Kentucky on Friday, McConnell said he expects acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker to be "a very interim" attorney general.

"I think this seems to be planned like a murder", Dean told CNN's Jake Tapper on "CNN Newsroom".

Am I supposed to say, 'Oh, now he's never qualified to serve in government?' " Trump asked.

Since Wednesday, Whitaker has faced pressure from Democrats to step aside from overseeing Mueller, based on critical comments Whitaker made about the investigation before joining the Justice Department a year ago. Chris Coons, D-Del., McConnell said "it's not going to come up because it's not necessary". He'll likely be remembered as the worst Attorney General in American history. He appointed Mueller in May 2017 as the Justice Department's special counsel to take control of the FBI's Russian Federation probe after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

As attorney general, and earlier as White House counsel, he faced criticism for drafting controversial rules for military war tribunals, seeking to limit the legal rights of detainees at the USA prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. "He worked for Attorney General Sessions".

In the latest Trump press gaggle, the president spent a lot of time lashing out at critics of his decision to appoint loyalist Matthew Whitaker as his new acting attorney general - including the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.

"I study political science at the university, and one of the things that motivates me as a political scientist is the fact that I see the norms of our democracy disappearing as Trump continues doing what he does", Tabani said. One associate, Jerome Corsi, said in a video recording Monday that he's "been involved in a really constant basis" for two months with Mueller's investigation.

It would also be appropriate for Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and other Senate Republicans to make public declarations of their respect for the office of the special counsel.

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