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Trump on new acting AG: ‘I don’t know Matt Whitaker’

Trump on new acting AG: ‘I don’t know Matt Whitaker’

The protest was organized by Indivisible Portland and Nasty Women Get Stuff Done PDX. A similar protest in Portland was attended by more than 300 people.

"Calls for an independent counsel or commission to investigate allegations that Russian Federation tried to interfere with our elections ring hollow when similar calls for special counsels during the scandals of the Obama administration were dismissed out of hand by the same people making these demands now", Whitaker said.

Some held signs that read "Trump is not above the law" and "Protect Mueller!".

They joined protests in cities across the U.S. Crowds also turned out in Chicago; Greensboro, North Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee, and many other places.

The Associated Press reported that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was forced out of office Wednesday, based on a letter from Sessions that mentions Trump's request that he resign. Whitaker felt Mueller would focus on his job, regardless.

About six Congressional Democrats including Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Ron Wyden and Cory Booker stressed that Trump may be attempting to disrupt the Mueller investigation and called on Whitaker to recuse himself. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has been overseeing it because of Sessions's recusal. President Donald Trump is expected to send written answers to Mueller's questions by the end of the month.

The ongoing investigation has produced guilty pleas from four former Trump aides.

She said Graham's newest remarks on the Sessions replacement is "a tap dance that's getting old".

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Trump abruptly altered the chain of command above Mueller on Wednesday, putting his work under the supervision of a Republican loyalist who has been openly skeptical of the special counsel's authority and has mused about ways to curtail his power.

In this April 24, 2014, file photo, then-Iowa Republican senatorial candidate and former U.S. attorney Matt Whitaker watches before a live televised debate in Johnston, Iowa.

"The (Democrats') first step would be to protect the investigation, they would do that by making sure all documents were secured by ensuring Mueller's investigative team was not broken up", he said, adding: "On Capitol Hill, the Democrats are quite likely to call for a floor vote immediately to countermand and reverse the firing".

"You would always take that meeting".

"I just don't understand it because why invite this kind of criticism or scrutiny which you knew it was going to come because of the comments he's made earlier", said Gonzales.

Whitaker has previously questioned the scope of the Mueller probe, writing an opinion column for CNN previous year charging that the investigation would be going too far if expanded to include Trump family finances.

"We have a president who is undermining public trust in our institutions every day", she said. "It is imperative that the Administration not impede the Mueller investigation". The move means that Whitaker will oversee Robert Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 campaign.

Protesters gathered outside the White House Thursday evening, chanting "there is no excuse, Whittaker must recuse" and "Trump is not above the law". Whitaker accompanied the tweet with his own comment to his followers: "Worth a Read". The investigation is looking into United States allegations of Russian meddling in the election two years ago and any possible coordination between Russian and the Trump campaign, which the president denies.

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