Trump says he did not discuss Russian Federation probe with acting attorney general

10 November, 2018, 01:12 | Author: Donna Miller
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It was part of a coordinated nationwide protest at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Trump also verbally attacked a female reporter when she asked him if he wanted Whitaker to "rein in" Mueller. Trump then appointed an acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, who was Sessions' chief of staff. He called Mr. Whitaker "a very good person and a talented person".

"I didn't speak to Matt Whitaker about it".

Lockett braved the cold Thursday night at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill, where Governor Jay Inslee, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal spoke. The move superseded the regular order of succession which would have placed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein the Acting AG role.

Whitaker, according to sources, is now overseeing everything at the Justice Department, including the Russian Federation investigation - despite calls from Democrats to recuse himself.

A group of about 100 in front of the Old Capitol in Iowa City chanted "hands off Mueller" and called for protection of the investigation of potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

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He also said on CNN past year that he could see a scenario in which Sessions' replacement doesn't fire Mueller but "just reduces his budget to so low that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt".

Can Trump stop the probe? "He should continue to do so, as Mr. Mueller's work must proceed free from interference or supervision that would appear to many Americans to be biased".

Still, the President praised Whitaker as "very highly thought of" and said that Whitaker is only taking heat because "anybody that works for me, they do a number on him". President Donald Trump is expected to send written answers to Mueller's questions by the end of the month.

Whitaker has previously questioned the scope of the Mueller probe, writing an opinion column for CNN past year charging that the investigation would be going too far if expanded to include Trump family finances. As Intelligencer pointed out, he has supported the firing of James Comey and has said that any investigation of Trump Organization finances would indicate that Mueller's investigation is "a mere witch hunt".

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump defended his choice of Whitaker, who has been panned by critics for his past comments on the probe, saying the former USA attorney had an excellent reputation and came highly recommended by former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, who is now Trump's ambassador to China.

"I could fire everybody right now, but I don't want to stop it because politically I don't like stopping it", Trump said. The president's legal team and Mueller's team have been negotiating over the terms of possible questions for the president, although it's still unclear whether Mr. Trump will ever sit down with Mueller for an interview.

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