Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Whitaker appointment brings praise and protest in Iowa

Whitaker appointment brings praise and protest in Iowa

He also said on CNN previous year that he could see a scenario in which Sessions' replacement doesn't fire Mueller but "just reduces his budget to so low that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt".

In the last 24 hours, the American people have quickly gotten to know Matthew Whitaker, a former U.S. Attorney and Justice Department chief of staff who President Donald Trump has chosen to take over from the abruptly fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

They are calling for a "rapid response" to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is overseeing the investigation.

MacCallum told him, "July of 2017", causing the senator to laugh, which prompted MacCallum to comment that "things have changed", which made Graham laugh again.

During an interview with CNN, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said, "I don't see it's a constitutional crisis just yet".

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

"In my time as Attorney General we have restored and upheld the rule of law", Sessions said in the letter addressed to Trump.

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".

The special counsel also wants Trump himself to answer questions on allegations that he may have criminally obstructed the probe, a request the White House has been fighting since early this year.

Mueller is investigating allegations of Russian meddling and collusion in the 2016 US presidential election.

Trump has told confidants he remains deeply annoyed by the 18-month-old Mueller probe, believing it is not just a "witch hunt" but an expensive and lengthy negative distraction. "His job as Mr. Sessions's chief of staff did not require Senate confirmation", they wrote.

Henderson, appointed to this court by President George H.W. Bush, said the three-judge panel would likely ask the lawyers to file new briefs adjusting their arguments to reflect the news.

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

Trump dismissed concern that Whitaker had not been confirmed by the Senate by noting Mueller had not been confirmed either. "Once woken, we will never go back to sleep and we intend to be out here flooding the streets to protect the Mueller investigation and our democracy from the Russians".

The possibility that Sessions was sacked could open Whitaker's appointment to court challenge by a range of people, including Mueller, impacted by his actions.

Clovis and Whitaker are friends.

That left Rosenstein overseeing the investigation, and he named Mueller as special counsel. Whitaker has made no public comment since being named, but is reported in USA media to have made clear he will not recuse himself.

"The president's entitled to an attorney general he has faith in, somebody that's qualified for the job, and I think there will come a time, sooner rather than later, where it will be time to have a new face and a fresh voice at the Department of Justice", Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, who may be in line to head the Judiciary Committee next year, told reporters in August.

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"Calls for an independent counsel or commission to investigate allegations that Russian Federation tried to interfere with our elections ring hollow when similar calls for special counsels during the scandals of the Obama administration were dismissed out of hand by the same people making these demands now", Whitaker said.

When the Democrats take over the House, they are expected to launch numerous probes of Trump, his business interests and his administrations.

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