Thousands Protest To Protect Mueller Investigation After DOJ Shakeup

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The demonstrations were launched nationwide in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' resignation at the request of President Donald Trump, who replaced him with Sessions' chief of staff Matt Whitaker, who has a history of being critical of the investigation.

Protesters believe Sessions' resignation will lead to the undoing of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump presidential campaign.

The protest campaign claims on its website that with Sessions ousted and acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker replacing Rod Rosenstein in overseeing the Mueller investigation, Trump "undercut the independence of the investigation" because "Whitaker has publicly outlined strategies to stifle the investigation and can not be allowed to remain in charge of it". Organizers say the naming of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is a "deliberate attempt to obstruct the special counsel's investigation".

That duty has belonged to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller and closely monitors his work. Last year Sessions recused himself from overseeing the Mueller probe, which has been a constant source of anger from the president.

In a letter https://bit.ly/2DaU1nl saying the move placed the country "in the throes of a constitutional crisis", House Judiciary Committee Democrats demanded action from the panel's Republican chairman, Bob Goodlatte, and called for bipartisan legislation to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller from any effort to stymie the probe.

Mitt Romney, the Republican Party's 2012 presidential nominee who won the Utah race on Tuesday to become a United States senator, also said Mueller's probe should not be affected by Sessions' dismissal. Dick Durbin, noting that the move against Sessions happened one day after the midterm elections.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway is denying that President Trump has instructed Whitaker to limit the investigation into possible Russian collusion into the 2016 presidential election. "That goes beyond the scope of the appointment of the special counsel."Beyond the Mueller investigation, Whitaker revealed himself to be a hardline conservative when he ran for the U.S. Senate in 2014 before eventually losing in a primary to Sen".




Mueller's probe has since reached plea deals with or indicted a number of Trump associates. "I'd like to know the truth", said Pat Noga, an Emmaus resident.

Rosenstein has been overseeing the Mueller probe after Sessions recused himself from the investigation, but a Department of Justice spokeswoman said Whitaker would be "in charge of all matters under the purview" of the DOJ.

Counselor to President Donald Trump Kellyanne Conway, is interviewed on television at the White House's North Lawn in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. That left career DOJ Democrats in the driver's seat.

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

Never in modern history has a president attacked a Cabinet member as frequently and harshly in public as Trump did Sessions, a former USA senator from Alabama and one of the first members of Congress to back Trump's presidential campaign in 2015.

In July 2017 Mr Trump told the New York Times: "Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else". As CBS News has reported, chief of staff John Kelly called Sessions shortly before a presidential press conference on Wednesday and asked him to resign.

Her words were echoed by Democratic party Senate leader Chuck Schumer, who added: "Clearly, the president has something to hide."

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