Thousands demand Mueller protection after Trump fires Sessions


After news broke Wednesday that Trump had forced Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign, leaders of the group United for Action of Central Florida chose to act.

Trump announced via Twitter that Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker will be acting attorney general. Mueller's work has been overseen by the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein.

President Trump defended his selection of Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker on Friday as new questions arose about Whitaker's fitness for the post and whether his appointment is legal.

The AP reported that the resignation "was the culmination of a toxic relationship" between Sessions and Trump based on a few factors, but largely Session's having recused himself from dealing with Mueller's probe.

The investigation until now has been overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller previous year and granted him fairly broad authority.

"Trump putting himself above the law is a threat to our democracy, and we've got to get Congress to stop him", the group said on its website.

But Whitaker also criticized famous decisions in which the Supreme Court declined to strike down laws that conservatives do not like, from 1930s cases involving President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal programs to the 2012 case in which the court declined to strike down President Barack Obama's health insurance law.

Whitaker was tapped by the White House to serve as Sessions' chief of staff in September 2017, with sources describing then-White House counsel Don McGahn as the person behind the hiring.

Speaking to reporters Friday, Trump said: "I don't know Matt Whitaker". Those TV appearances included one on CNN in which Whitaker suggested that the Mueller probe could be starved of resources.

"I think it's paramount to the solidity of American institutional existence, democracy itself".

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has walked back the vow he made previous year that there would be "holy hell to pay" if President Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

A Vancouver demonstration in support of special counsel Robert Mueller drew about 50 USA citizens and supporters on Thursday evening.

She said the investigation into alleged Russian Federation collusion has been winding down for weeks prior to Sessions stepping down.

Serving as a special counsel does not require Senate confirmation by statute.

He could also refuse to sign off on a subpoena of Trump if the president refuses to voluntarily speak to investigators. The investigators can pass their evidence to federal prosecutors in other jurisdictions outside the special counsel's authority, making it harder for Whitaker to block new indictments.

Activists across the Bay Area Thursday evening were protesting President Donald Trump's replacement of his attorney general after embattled former Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned on Wednesday.

"People ... across this country gathered today to say ... I mean, I know Matt Whitaker", Trump told Fox News last month. "Cox clashed with the White House over Nixon's refusal to release Oval Office recordings, some of which implicated the president in the (Watergate hotel) break-in".