Locals participate in nationwide rallies to support Robert Mueller

Locals participate in nationwide rallies to support Robert Mueller

Locals participate in nationwide rallies to support Robert Mueller

Whitaker is expected to take over oversight of Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether Trump campaign associates colluded with Russia.

According to a September report from the New York Times, Whitaker was in line to replace U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein when Rosenstein was reportedly considering resigning.

Sessions resigned Wednesday - indicating he did so at Trump's request - and the President appointed Matthew Whitaker, Sessions' chief of staff, as the Acting Attorney General. Whitaker is Sessions' former chief of staff.

'The rule of law is disappearing before our eyes, ' tweeted former deputy attorney general Sally Yates, who was the first senior figure fired by Trump. Whitaker will oversee the Mueller investigation.

Neil Cavuto countered that none of the three men are implicated in anything linking Trump and Russian Federation, as Mueller's original mandate appeared to intend.

"It's very significant because Whitaker's position on indictments or future indictments may be different than Rosenstein's, and Rosenstein had given Mueller a broad mandate to pursue various crimes", said Washington criminal defense lawyer Jeffrey Jacobovitz.

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".

Mr Whitaker has publicly criticised Mr Mueller's conduct several times since the inquiry began in May previous year and taken the side of Mr Trump, who has dismissed it... One of those offices, in NY, is leading an investigation involving the president's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, and hush money payments Cohen says he made to two women who say they had sex with Trump. Daniel Biss and Renato Mariotti, a former attorney general candidate and CNN legal analyst, condemned Trump and demanded that Whitaker recuse himself from overseeing special counsel Mueller's investigation.

In an effort to keep the investigation independent, demonstrators around the country began protesting Thursday, Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. local time.

"We're a co-equal branch in the government, and we have a responsibility to understand what happened in 2016 and to prevent it from ever happening again", King said. "I'd like to know the truth", said Pat Noga, an Emmaus resident.

Never in modern history has a president attacked a Cabinet member as frequently and harshly in public as Trump did Sessions, a former United States senator from Alabama and one of the first members of Congress to back Trump's presidential campaign in 2015. It's not clear whether his connections to Sam Clovis, who if friends with Whitaker and has been questioned in the Mueller probe, and with the president would be enough to force his recusal. Trump, who denies any collusion, has long complained about the probe, calling it a witch-hunt. An infuriated Trump responded by repeatedly and publicly seeking to humiliate Sessions. Just recently, he told an interviewer that Sessions "never had control" of the justice department.

"And to outsiders, it looks like he [Trump] chose this person because this person has committed to end this investigation, this person is loyal to Donald Trump". Several hundred people gathered in South Straub Park.

A permanent replacement for Sessions must be confirmed by the Senate, which Trump's Republicans will continue to control as a result of Tuesday's midterm elections.

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