Fears for Russian Federation probe as Trump fires Jeff Sessions

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Just to review how we got here, last year, Jeff Sessions recused himself from any investigations into the 2016 campaign.

Matthew Whitaker, 49, a Republican lawyer said to be a Trump loyalist, assumed oversight of the inquiry after the president promoted him from chief of staff to Jeff Sessions, who was sacked as attorney-general on Wednesday.

"This only comes up because anybody who works for me, they automatically do a number on", he said.

"I'm concerned that Whitaker is going to try to find a way to sabotage the investigation", she said.

As acting attorney general, Whitaker now has the power to wrest oversight away from Rosenstein, and take charge himself. He said Democrats were concerned about what the Trump administration might do next concerning the special counsel probe: "Anyone writing even a dime store novel knows what the next couple of steps are on this". I hope he goes and runs for his old Senate seat in Alabama. Acting consistent with these experts' advice would make clear that Whitaker takes his responsibilities as attorney general seriously and intends to act in a fashion consistent with both the law and the Department's long-standing ethical and professional standards.

Trump blamed the recusal for the appointment of Mueller, who took over the Russian Federation investigation two months later and began examining whether Trump's hectoring of Sessions was part of a broader effort to obstruct the probe.

Counselor to President Donald Trump Kellyanne Conway, is interviewed on television at the White House's North Lawn in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018.

Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion with Russian Federation, and describes Mueller's investigation as a "witch hunt".

"We are in the lowest of the low times", Samuelian said.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump's legal team has begun working with the president to craft responses to questions from Mueller's team as part of their investigation, sources close to Trump told ABC.

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"He worships him", a longtime friend said of Whitaker and Trump.

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

Since his appointment, past comments Whitaker made about Mueller's investigation have been played regularly on some cable news stations. He has, for instance, talked down the Mueller investigation on a number of TV talk shows.

A legal policy commentator before he joined the Justice Department, Whitaker has publicly mused how Sessions' replacement might shrink Mueller's budget "so low that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt".

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.

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter Thursday to Republicans who still control the panel demanding "emergency hearings concerning the forced firing, passing bipartisan legislation protecting the special counsel and joining in requesting" preservation of "all relevant materials related to the firing".

"In fact, I just talked to him, he was in my office with the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation", the president said.

Trump responded by repeatedly seeking to publicly humiliate Sessions.

The Russia investigation is a "lynch mob".

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