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Protesters in downtown Rockford decry Trump's move to replace Sessions

09 November 2018

Trump noted that Mueller was not confirmed by the Senate either, 'so don't talk to me about Whitaker.' However, Mueller does report to Senate confirmed appointees - he has previously been reporting to the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, who was confirmed by the Senate.

Matthew Whitaker, named on Wednesday to replace Jeff Sessions, will directly oversee Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigation into possible links between Trump's campaign team and Russian officials.

Whitaker, notably, has shown himself to be a deep skeptic of the Russian Federation investigation in punditry he did before joining the Justice Department as Sessions' chief of staff past year.

But speaking to reporters before taking off for Paris, Trump brushed off those concerns.

"I do think these kind of gatherings of people who stand up, even at a moments notice, as kind of a liberty army, to say, 'We will protect the rule of law and justice, ' that's important to send that signal", Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton told the Indiana Daily Student.

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West Wing sources said they are "worried" about Trump Jr as they fear Mueller will be able to snare him on perjury.

In an interview with Reuters, Clovis said Whitaker is "a wonderful man" and "a dear friend". Some of the criticism Trump has faced for his choice of replacement has been bipartisan - notably, from George Conway.

"So how smart is Matthew Whitaker?". He lost a race to be the Republican Senate nominee in 2014, and spent the next few years working for a scam patent company that was shut down as a fraud while getting Trump's attention by engaging in low-rent pro-Trump punditry that he leveraged into a chief of staff job. I don't know Matt Whitaker. Further, Trump argued that Whitaker was originally Senate-confirmed as a US attorney under the Bush administration over a decade ago.

"Trump wants to shut down the Mueller investigation and we'll never know the facts", said Kristy Lynch, a stay-at-home mom from Maplewood, N.J., who marched with her 3-year-old twins and 8-year-old daughter. But now, Mueller will need to get Whitaker's sign-off for those and other major steps - which he could withhold. "It is imperative that the Administration not impede the Mueller investigation. You have to treat the presidency with respect".

And separately, in July 2017, Whitaker told CNN, "I could see a scenario where Jeff Sessions is replaced with a recess appointment, and that attorney general doesn't fire Bob Mueller, but he just reduces his budget to so low that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt".

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The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

As Trump grapples with the political fallout, the Sessions resignation has prompted a new wave of protests in cities across the country. Congressional Democrats immediately called for Whitaker to remove himself from the investigation.

Two months after the article was published, Whitaker went to work at the Department of Justice. "There is no better public servant than Robert Mueller".

However, while Sessions was at the helm of the Justice Department, they reasoned Mueller's investigation was safe since he had recused himself from overseeing it because of his role in Trump's campaign.

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. Trump has crossed a red line - and we're mobilizing.

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In a related development, a federal appeals court on Friday ordered Mueller to explain how the DOJ leadership shakeup would affect an ongoing lawsuit over the special counsel's authority.

Protesters in downtown Rockford decry Trump's move to replace Sessions