On-campus protest defends Mueller investigation

Fears for Russia probe as Trump fires Jeff Sessions

Under former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the investigation was overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. "You didn't have any problem for Matt Whitaker when he worked for Jeff Sessions".

He might have found that in Whitaker, who is reportedly very close to the White House - the New York Times profiled him in September and said that chief of staff John Kelly considers him the West Wing's eyes and ears at the Justice Department.

Since Wednesday, Whitaker has faced pressure from Democrats to recuse himself from overseeing Mueller based on critical comments he made about the investigation before joining the Justice Department previous year. But now, Whitaker will oversee the Mueller probe and all other matters under the DOJ's purview.

The attorneys general also said Muller must have the "full authority to investigate and, if warranted, prosecute any violations of federal law".

Inside the Department of Justice, President Donald Trump's newly - and dubiously - appointed Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is already being derided, according to a new report by the Daily Beast.

U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer cast doubt on the legality of Whitaker's appointment and sent Trump a list of questions about the move.

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 Trump has been saying for 18 months that he wanted to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

New York City Rep. Jerrold Nadler - who is now the ranking Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee and could be the next chairman of the committee with Democrats taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives - questioned the president's move on Twitter and said that "we will be holding people accountable".

In an interview with a conservative talk radio host, Whitaker said there was "no collusion" between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation, a key question being examined by the special counsel's office.

Pressure is mounting for acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker to recuse himself in the Russian Federation investigation as special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation appears to be winding down.

"He's probably, from what I hear, a very strong person, a very strong personality, and I think that's what they need", Trump said.

During the Thursday conference call, House Democrats said they would attempt to include legislation protecting Mueller's investigation into an appropriations bill that Congress is due to consider later this year.

In fact, Trump has repeatedly referred to Mueller's probe as a "witch hunt".

She said Graham's newest remarks on the Sessions replacement is "a tap dance that's getting old".

"At your request, I am submitting my resignation", Sessions said in the first line of a letter released by the Department of Justice.

Both Whitaker and Clovis are rooted in Iowa politics, and both ran for the 2014 Republican Senate nomination.

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