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.


  • Meg Ryan Is Engaged to John Mellencamp

    Meg Ryan Is Engaged to John Mellencamp

    A little ditty 'bout Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp! The actress announced her engagement to the world via Instagram . The musician's preference of living in IN and Ryan's affection for New York City reportedly led to the break up.
    Grab PUBG free on Xbox One for a limited time

    Grab PUBG free on Xbox One for a limited time

    This comes on the back of the September leak that the Korean Game Rating and Administration Committee had rated PUBG for PS4. This would make sense considering PUBG hit Xbox One in December last year and its exclusivity periods usually last a year.
    Ozone Layer Slowly Healing Thanks to Montreal Protocol

    Ozone Layer Slowly Healing Thanks to Montreal Protocol

    High in the atmosphere, ozone shields Earth from ultraviolet rays that cause skin cancer, crop damage and other problems. Paul Newman, chief Earth scientist at Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center, described the discovery as "really good news".
  • Deactivate! Deactivate! Windows 10 will be deactivated!

    Deactivate! Deactivate! Windows 10 will be deactivated!

    A Microsoft support chat person said the licensing server issue is temporary, and should be fixed within one to two business days. The image above, from user FaiKee on Twitter, shows the issue that some users are facing with the activation of their install.
    Google Donates $1 Million To World Wide Web Foundation 11/07/2018

    Google Donates $1 Million To World Wide Web Foundation 11/07/2018

    As such, Berners-Lee, with backing from industry, politicians and governments, has this week launched a new Contract for the Web . Those of us who are online are seeing our rights and freedoms threatened.
    Danny Welbeck Suffers A Truly Horrific Ankle Injury In Europa League

    Danny Welbeck Suffers A Truly Horrific Ankle Injury In Europa League

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was sent on to replace his stricken teammate, who has historically struggled with injury problems. Welbeck sustained the injury when landing heavily on his ankle after challenging for a header in the 30th minute.
  • Hundreds of homes destroyed by California wildfire, deaths reported

    Hundreds of homes destroyed by California wildfire, deaths reported

    Thirty-thousand people have been evacuated so far and the number of evacuees is expected to rise as embers push ahead of the fire. Much of the downtown was destroyed. "The whole town's on fire", City Councilman Scott Lotter told the Sacramento Bee .
    Charlotte woman at the center of ‘viral racist rant' turns herself in

    Charlotte woman at the center of ‘viral racist rant' turns herself in

    It seems that her employer had caught on and she has now been fired due to a clear violation of the company's code of conduct. Just get them out of here!" One woman in the background of the recording remarked that Westwood smelled of alcohol.
    12 killed in shooting at California bar packed with college students

    12 killed in shooting at California bar packed with college students

    Long was in the Marine Corps from 2008 to 2013, reaching the rank of corporal and serving as a machine gunner in Afghanistan. The massacre was the latest mass killing in the United States and was sure to revive the debate on gun control.
  • A 360 degree bowling action!

    A 360 degree bowling action!

    But Law 41.4 says that is is unfair for any fielder to deliberately distract the striker when the bowler is running into bowl. A young Indian spinner, Shiva Singh , made waves earlier this week after revealing a weird 360-degree bowling action.
    'Faulty mechanical equipment' to blame for active shooter reports at Topsail High

    'Faulty mechanical equipment' to blame for active shooter reports at Topsail High

    The school district asked staff from Topsail elementary, middle and high schools to meet at the grocery store. Live footage shows numerous law enforcement agencies now at the school where the scene remains active.
    Emery excited for Nelson's Arsenal return

    Emery excited for Nelson's Arsenal return

    Unai Emery said a point against Sporting Lisbon was not enough for Arsenal in their quest to win their Europa League group. Matteo Guendouzi slots into midfield with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey , while Danny Welbeck is up top.


Best Buy Kicks Off Black Friday Deals Early
But when will this year's Black Friday take place in the United Kingdom , and which retailers will be putting on special deals. The company says the deals will be available in-store starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22.

Alleged Alien Probe Found in Space
The object known formally as 1I/2017 U1 was spotted October 19, 2017 by Robert Weryk of the Institute for Astronomy using the Pan-STARRS1 telescope system on Mount Haleakala in Maui, Hawaii.

Mandatory evacuations ordered due to Woolsey Fire
No injuries have been reported in either fire. "Just landed back home and had 1 hour to pack up & evacuate our home". Early Friday morning, CalFire said it had burned 10,000 acres, or about 15 square miles.

Imelda Marcos faces arrest for graft
The court ordered Marcos, a congresswoman, to serve six to 11 years in jail for each of the seven counts of graft. Imelda Marcos, 89, was the wife of late president Ferdinand Marcos, and famous for owning 1,000 pairs of shoes.

Could Bryce Harper be a fit for the Red Sox?
Harper's agent, Scott Boras, has a history of extending contract talks with his free agent players beyond the holiday season. Thought the offer was $100 million short, there were no hard feelings between Harper and the team.

Police shoot and arrest knife-wielding man in Bourke Street, Melbourne
Footage from the scene shows a man swinging a knife at two uniformed officers near a burning vehicle before he was shot. But as the attacks continued unabated, before one officer opted for lethal force, shooting the suspect in the chest.

Texas juvenile judge frees most defendants after losing re-election to Democrat
Devlin was elected to Houston's 313th district court in 2010, according to the court's website . State law mandates hearings every 10 days for minors with pending court cases.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Manchester United did nothing to win the game
It is a big victory for us, not just because we needed the points but because it was away from home against an wonderful team. United will be the underdogs when they take on City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

SDC 2018: Samsung Innovating in Folding Phones, IoT, Mobile UX
The announcement means other companies can start building the voice assistant system into their own machines and devices as well . A new foundation?Why would we want our displays to fold? Not alike: I've previously reported on the foldable smartphone rumor.

Oil prices fall as global supply rises, mitigating concern about Iran
A merchant trader, who also declined to be named, said "enquiries for cargoes from Iran are. coming in from several Asian buyers". A close USA ally, South Korea had stopped buying crude from Iran ahead of the sanctions while still lobbying for exemptions.