Protesters Across US Warn Trump Against Derailing Mueller Probe

Leroy Wright
November 9, 2018

In July 2017, he said during an interview on CNN that he could envision a scenario under which a temporary attorney general doesn't fire Mueller but rather "just reduces his budget to so low that his investigations grinds to nearly a halt".

Dozens of people gathered Thursday evening on the steps of the State House to protest the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Session and express their support of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

"I think there are people who are hungry to show they are scared for their country", "It's one day after the election, we're all exhausted ... and I don't think the timing of the announcement from the (Trump) administration is an accident".

MacCallum told him, "July of 2017", causing the senator to laugh, which prompted MacCallum to comment that "things have changed", which made Graham laugh again.

Gonzales, who was the attorney general in George W. Bush's administration from 2005 to 2007, said he doesn't know Whitaker, his qualifications or motivations, but there's a lot that calls into question his appointment. He wrote previous year on CNN.com that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should limit the scope of Mueller's investigation to stop him from delving into Trump's finances.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has been overseeing the probe, still has a job.

The counselor to the president went on to give credit to Sessions for his work at the Department of Justice, including cracking down on opioid abuse as well as the MS-13 gang.

Mueller didn't take any major public actions in the weeks before Tuesday's congressional elections, but he's prepared to take significant steps in its aftermath, according to three US officials familiar with the matter. Trump, who denies any collusion, has long complained about the probe, calling it a witch-hunt.

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"There's a disrespect for norms, a disrespect for the rule of law, and a disrespect for the conventions of society and politics", he said, adding that politicians needed to "rise above party" to confront Trump.

If Sen. Graham is appointed chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he says he'll make sure President Trump's appointee gets confirmed as soon as possible. The investigation, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, has already netted multiple indictments and guilty pleas.

Whitaker publicly criticized Mueller's investigation before he was hired as Sessions' chief of staff a year ago.

"If he doesn't, then Mueller's investigation will eventually start to look like a political fishing expedition".

Paul Rosenzweig, a fellow at the non-partisan R Street Institute which specializes in public policy, said he believed Whitaker's friendship with Clovis is "probably not a problem" but that Whitaker should ask the DOJ's Professional Responsibility and Accountability Office whether he has a conflict.

Democrats, who won the lower house of Congress in Tuesday's midterm elections, now see Trump as close to crossing that line with the ultimate goal of covering up alleged crimes.

Trump responded by repeatedly seeking to publicly humiliate Sessions.

"We're protesting Trump installing a hack to obstruct Mueller's investigation". When Comey ran the FBI, Trump asked him whether he was a target in the Russian Federation meddling investigation.

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