Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Thousands demand Mueller protection after Trump fires Sessions

Thousands demand Mueller protection after Trump fires Sessions

The organizers of Thursday's events warned of even more massive street protests if Trump fired Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who had been overseeing the Mueller investigation after Sessions recused himself.

As acting attorney general, Whitaker will presumably - assuming he has no conflicts of interest - begin overseeing the special counsel's probe.

Trump had repeatedly criticized Sessions for recusing himself from any investigation into potential Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election. "That's why Cabinet Secretaries have Deputies".

Mueller, who has been negotiating with Trump's lawyers about interviewing the president, is expected to produce a written report for the Justice Department that explains the findings, though it's not clear how much will be public.

The special counsel's team has been investigating Stone's connection to WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign and whether he had advance knowledge of the group's plans to release hacked material damaging to Democrat Hillary Clinton.

"As the attorney general has repeatedly said, she has not yet made a decision as to what she will do next", Bondi spokesman Whitney Ray said in an email to CNN.


The counselor to the president went on to give credit to Sessions for his work at the Department of Justice, including cracking down on opioid abuse as well as the MS-13 gang.

During a 2014 primary debate for the Republican US Senate nomination from Iowa, Whitaker sympathized with patients who benefit from marijuana ingredient cannabidiol (CBD). The move has sparked concern that Whitaker would end or hamper the investigation.

With the midterms over, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is believed to be preparing fresh indictments against Trump campaign figures, possibly including his son Donald Trump Jr. and a former campaign consultant Roger Stone, and could press for the president himself to answer questions. "By forcing the firing (of) the attorney general, the president now threatens the rule of law itself".

Last month, on Oct 10, The Washington Post reported that Trump had recently spoken with Matthew about replacing Sessions as attorney general.

Jerry Role, a retired Department of Justice staffer told Al Jazeera that Trump's actions this week threatened the integrity of United States democracy.

"It is time for Rosenstein.to order Mueller to limit the scope of his investigation to the four corners of the order appointing him special counsel", Whitaker wrote.


Nevertheless he appealed to Republicans not "beholden" to Donald Trump to reign in any attempt to fire Mueller.

But Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley praised Whitaker.

"This president's Department of Justice has done a fine job breaking the back of the opioid crisis...prosecuting some doctors, pharmacists and nurses...shutting down the dark web...certainly putting it to the MS-13 gangs and prosecuting many violent criminals, trans-national criminals", she stated.

He could also refuse to sign off on a subpoena of Trump if the president refuses to voluntarily speak to investigators.

By Thursday morning, more than 1,000 people said on a Facebook page for the event that they planned to attend, and more than 3,200 said they were interested.


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