Protesters across US seek to protect Russia investigation

09 November, 2018, 22:31 | Author: Myra Gill

"I didn't speak to Matt Whitaker about it". "It's not ok for someone to break the law and be above the law". The latest indication of the fury came Wednesday when he forced out his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, whose recusal opened the door to Mueller's appointment.

In response, protests took place across the nation and in Iowa, Thursday night. A similar protest in Portland was attended by more than 300 people.

They were organized by Move On advocacy group, who wrote in a statement announcing the marches: "Donald Trump has installed a crony to oversee the special counsel's Trump-Russia investigation, crossing a red line set to protect the investigation". Several hundred demonstrators gathered Thursday in New York's Times Square and chanted slogans including "Hands off Mueller" and "Nobody's above the law" before marching downtown. They held signs saying "Truth Must Triumph" and "Repeal, Replace Trump". Whitaker, who was serving as chief of staff for Sessions, was not serving a post that required Senate confirmation.

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

With Whitaker able to hold the office for nine months without so much as a job interview, this means Trump's supporter will be in a position to wind down, and even completely defund, the Russian Federation investigation.

Mueller has not publicly identified any of the targets of his investigation.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's top deputy, Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Ed O'Callaghan, met with lawyers from the special counsel's team, according to a source familiar with the matter - just as he has been doing on almost a biweekly basis for months, as CNN previously reported.

The ongoing investigation has produced guilty pleas from four former Trump aides. Federal prosecutors have said in court papers that the case involves numerous "uncharged" third parties and have argued against disclosing search warrants and other documents that would "certainly result in a very public guessing game" about their identities.


"I think if you were to ask anyone with DOJ experience they would say 'Huh?" 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".

Whitaker, a former U.S. attorney from Iowa and a Hawkeye, has been an outspoken critic of the probe.

"You would always take that meeting".

Speaking to reporters Friday, Trump said: "I don't know Matt Whitaker".

The departure of Sessions, who was the first United States senator to back Trump's presidential run in 2016, was long expected, and came one day after Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives but boosted their Senate majority.

"Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russian Federation 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing", Whitaker wrote.

With the midterms over, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is believed to be preparing fresh indictments against Trump campaign figures, possibly including his son Donald Trump Jr. and a former campaign consultant Roger Stone, and could press for the president himself to answer questions. He called Mr. Whitaker "a very good person and a talented person". The acting attorney general, Matt Whitaker - now Sessions' chief of staff - has written opinion pieces that Mueller's probe should be shut down.

"There is a lot to fight against with this administration; both the president himself, but also the people he has appointed", she said. "Worth a read", he tweeted.

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