Leftists Rally at White House to Protest Trump, Protect Mueller

09 November, 2018, 15:41 | Author: Carlos George
  • U.S. President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions during the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony in Quantico Va 2017

Sessions' departure was widely expected to come soon after Tuesday's congressional elections in which Republicans retained their majority in the Senate but lost control of the House of Representatives.

Protesters gathered Thursday in cities from NY to California in a warning to the White House not to derail Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

He named Whitaker, 49, who had served as Sessions's chief of staff, as acting attorney general, overseeing the Justice Department.

Christie has said on numerous occasions that he believes Trump has been "ill-served" by some of his top advisers; he is also a critic of the special counsel probe into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. The new acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, has a vendetta against those climate investigations into ExxonMobil.

Also on Thursday, 18 attorneys general, including Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, called for the recusal of Whitaker from Mueller's investigation. Democrats are particularly interested in how Whitaker will oversee the Mueller probe, given his past comments questioning the scope of the investigation.

Tough publicly quiet ahead of the election under Justice Department practice, Mueller's team hasn't been idle: they have been interviewing witnesses such as one-time campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, Trump's right-hand man at the Trump Organization.

CNN's Jim Acosta, who regularly spars with Trump and his spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, annoyed the president by asking if he'd demonised immigrants during the midterms election campaign and then went on to ask about the Russian Federation probe. Americans can longer stand by and be passive as the Trump administration tries to control the outcome of the Mueller investigation, he said.

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The special counsel also wants Trump himself to answer questions on allegations that he may have criminally obstructed the probe, a request the White House has been fighting since early this year. Whitaker wrote. "If he doesn't, then Mueller's investigation will eventually start to look like a political fishing expedition". More than 20,000 people RSVP'd for the Manhattan march.

Many marchers said they were no fans of Sessions.

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. Mr Trump wrote on Wednesday.

"I'm confident the White House is looking for someone who the president and country can have confidence in, and be confirmed by the Senate", Graham said in a statement. He has, for instance, talked down the Mueller investigation on a number of TV talk shows.

"It's time to do what we can because our elected officials are not doing their job", Miller said.

"There is no mistaking what this means, and what is at stake: this is a constitutionally perilous moment for our country and for the president".

On Thursday, the Acosta incident entered even more freakish territory when the White House was accused of tweeting a video doctored to make the reporter appear more aggressive in fending off the female press aide who tried to remove his mic.

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