Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Protect Mueller protests are erupting across the country

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions Former US Attorney General Jeff Sessions
Faye Gross | 09 November, 2018, 15:44

Trump Jr. has reportedly told pals he is anxious about being arrested this week following the midterm elections and the firing of top United States lawman Jeff Sessions.

The president has regularly attacked the Justice Department and Sessions, blaming the attorney-general for the spectre of the special counsel investigation into ties between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

Overseeing it all is Whitaker, a former college football player and United States attorney from Iowa who was brought into the Justice Department previous year to serve as Sessions' chief of staff.

Asked whether Whitaker would assume control over Mueller's investigation, Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Flores said Whitaker would be "in charge of all matters under the purview of the Department of Justice".

But before joining the Justice Department as Sessions' chief of staff, Whitaker appeared on CNN where he said the attorney general has the power to cut Mueller's budget and bring the investigation to a halt.

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They also waved American flags and banners emblazoned with slogans such as "Hands Off Mueller", as they shuffled down Seventh Avenue from Times Square to voice their aversion for Whitaker, a Trump loyalist.

The White House is bracing for the probe of Donald Trump's presidential campaign to fire up again.

He was a vocal critic of Mr Mueller, arguing in an op-ed for CNN past year that the probe should not go into the finances of Mr Trump and his family members.

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"Many experts view Trump's firing yesterday of Attorney Jeff Sessions as a potential obstruction of justice attempt", said organizers of the protest, including Democrats Abroad Vancouver.

Donald Trump with Mr Sessions in December past year.

The crowd chanted "Enough is enough" while standing in the shadow of a 20-foot Trump "baby" balloon that swayed in a chilly breeze.

In theory, Whitaker could order Mueller to limit the scope of his investigation or end it altogether. Another person said that remained true ever after Whitaker took his place.

"He wants a political crony to protect him from the investigation of his own campaign", she said.

"Clearly, the President has something to hide", Schumer wrote on Twitter on Wednesday, later adding: "Mr Whitaker should recuse himself from (the probe's) oversight for the duration of his time as acting attorney general". Commenting on Trump's pick, Christie said he wanted to finish his term as New Jersey governor.

The timing for when a final report would be submitted by the special counsel's office is still unclear, and sources say there is also no clear timeline for when Mueller will wrap his investigation.

Mueller is investigating Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election and any collusion by Trump's campaign. "A fellow Iowan, who I've known for many years, Matt will work hard and make us proud", he said in a statement.

Raghav said those upset with Trump's actions should demonstrate in full force to show the president how they feel. He described the president as lawless and corrupt. "I'm concerned Rod Rosenstein will no longer be overseeing the probe".

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