Legislation to Protect Robert Mueller Still Not on Senate Agenda, McConnell Says

Leroy Wright
November 10, 2018

The demonstrations were launched nationwide in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' resignation at the request of President Donald Trump, who replaced him with Sessions' chief of staff Matt Whitaker, who has a history of being critical of the investigation. Trump said a permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date. In a CNN op-ed, Whitaker called for limiting the scope of Mueller's investigation.

Trump then tried to take a shot against Mueller for not being "Senate confirmed" - while also claiming that Whitaker, the former United States attorney for Iowa, has been.

While Whitaker has made questionable comments that could create the appearance of a conflict of interest, there isn't an explicit conflict under Justice Department rules, as might arise if - for example - he had a family member under active investigation.

Marco Rubio's downtown Orlando Office to express their fears that the president may seek control over special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian interference during the 2016 election.

Two senators - Republican Jeff Flake of Arizona and Democrat Chris Coons of DE - announced Thursday afternoon that they will try to force a vote next week on legislation meant to protect Mueller.

"After the firing of the AG, it is more important than ever to protect the Special Counsel", Flake, a frequent Trump critic who is leaving the Senate early next year, wrote on Twitter.

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While Suki Singh told SBS News he saw a "massive fire" with "police everywhere" near the corner of Bourke and Swanston Streets. The other two are into the hospital including one suffering from a neck injury and is suspected to be in critical condition.

Given that Trump publicly demanded his last attorney general stop Mueller, and that Whitaker has publicly called for Mueller's last supervisor to reign him in, this seems like a fair question. His reputation is excellent.

Since Wednesday, Whitaker has faced pressure from Democrats to recuse himself from overseeing Mueller based on critical comments he made about the investigation before joining the Justice Department previous year.

Those opinions have led some leading Democrats, as well as protesters in several cities tonight, to call Whitaker to recuse himself and to protect Robert Mueller.

"I think it seems wildly inappropriate to most of us that the president would appoint someone who has such a strong opinion on an investigation on him", said Mindie Riley, a Bethlehem resident who helped organize the rally. "He is a very smart man, a very respected man".

US intelligence agencies have said Russian Federation interfered in the election in an attempt to tip it towards Trump and away from his Democratic opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

"Donald Trump wasted no time after the midterm elections interfering in the Mueller investigation", the statement said.

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