Whitaker backlash prompts concern at the White House

Fears for Russia probe as Trump fires Jeff Sessions

When Democrats took control of the House in Tuesday's midterm elections, two things were certain: President Trump's remaining legislative agenda is dead, and the chamber's Judiciary Committee is ready to combat any White House attempt to meddle in or obstruct special counsel Robert S. Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

At a protest in support of Mueller outside the White House, a crowd of several hundred protesters shouted anti-Trump slogans.

But with Sessions being pushed out yesterday, that oversight now reverts to his replacement, his former chief of staff, and now the acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker.

Trump Jr. has reportedly told pals he is anxious about being arrested this week following the midterm elections and the firing of top United States lawman Jeff Sessions.

The Vancouver protest was one of 900 such events being organized in US and Canadian cities, including Victoria and Toronto, according to Democrats Abroad.

"There are certainly ways short of firing Mueller to influence the investigation", Cramer said. Trump also labeled a question from a reporter about whether he wants Whitaker to restrict Mueller's investigation as "stupid".

"What I've been saying for months is every president deserves an attorney general they have confidence in and they can work with", he said. More than 20,000 people RSVP'd for the Manhattan march.

Whitaker, a former USA attorney who worked most recently as Sessions's chief of staff, has publicly criticized Mueller's investigation as too broad. "Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russian Federation 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing", he thundered.

Eileen Ryan, a 58-year-old activist from Watertown, said she was "worried we're repeating what was happening in Germany in the 1930s".

Demonstrators characterized Trump as a dictator who must be held in check by Congress.

"The fact (Trump) passed over Rosenstein to appoint someone else who has been critical (of the probe) certainly raises concerns", King said during a stop in Oakland.

The probe cost more than $16 million during its first year, according to figures released by the Justice Department in May. Sessions had endured months of public abuse from Trump, who soured on Sessions because he recused himself from oversight of the Russian Federation investigation shortly after he arrived at the Justice Department. According to the department's most recent report, $10 million was spent from October 1, 2017, through March 31.

Ethics officials at the Justice Department are likely to review his past work to see if he has any financial or personal conflicts.

Ms Pelosi added she will wait for the outcome of the special counsel investigation but noted that a call for impeachment "would have to be bipartisan, and the evidence would have to be so conclusive".

MoveOn is also heading a petition asking legislatures to protect the investigation, which had reached more than 475,000 signatures as of Thursday evening.

However, some lawmakers might use upcoming debates over government spending to advance legislation to protect Mueller's investigation.

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