Thousands demand Mueller protection after Trump fires Sessions

Pauline Gross
November 9, 2018

Mr Whitaker can now assume control of the Mueller inquiry, which has been overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein until now.

In the aftermath of the midterm elections, in which Democrats took control of the House of Representatives, Mr Trump ousted Mr Sessions and replaced him with Matthew Whitaker, a Trump loyalist who has previously been critical of the special counsel investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation. After Pawlenty's bid fizzled, he served in the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns of Rick Perry, the former Texas governor who is now energy secretary.

Several of the groups involved in Thursday evening's protests have always been planning what they call "rapid response" protests if Trump tried to fire Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who had been overseeing Mueller's investigation. Previously he was a conservative legal commentator who was critical of the scope of Mueller's probe. They include his former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, and his former lawyer, Michael Cohen. The president has verbally dismissed the Mueller probe, calling it a "witch-hunt" into his legitimacy in the White House. Whitaker was hired as a CNN legal commentator past year for several months, before leaving the role in September 2017 to head to the Justice Department as chief of staff to now-former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

With Whitaker as Attorney General, protesters are anxious he serves the best interest of President Trump instead of the entire country.

Critics worry Whitaker may be unlikely or unwilling to defend the investigation, given his history of partisanship and loyalty to Trump.

But the Justice Department told CBS News on Wednesday that Whitaker will now oversee the probe.

Trump has made it clear, Swalwell said, that the only thing he cares about with the Justice Department and who runs it is "that person's position on his personal criminal exposure and that of his family in the Russian Federation probe".

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The page ratchets the perceived threat of the Sessions firing up to 11. He did not mention that White House chief of staff John Kelly had called Sessions beforehand to ask for his resignation.

He managed a Senate campaign for Sam Clovis in Iowa, who later was nominated to join the Trump administration, ran Iowa for Trump, and was interviewed by Mueller's investigators.

Lamar Alexander, Republican senator from Tennessee, issued perhaps the stormiest warning, saying the Senate would not confirm an attorney general who sought to stop the Russian Federation probe.

During an interview with Martha MacCallum just a day after the Attorney General's ouster, Sessions listened to a playback of his July 2017 comments in which he also said that "any effort to go after Mueller could be the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency, unless Mueller did something wrong".

"Congress must take bipartisan action to protect the integrity of Mueller's investigation", Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House of Representatives, said after Democrats won a House majority in Tuesday's elections.

"Interference with the special counsel's investigation would cause a constitutional crisis and undermine the rule of law", Adam Schiff said.

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