Leftists Rally at White House to Protest Trump, Protect Mueller

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Without Sessions' campaign or Russian Federation entanglements, there's no legal reason Whitaker couldn't immediately oversee the probe.

The Democrats, who won the House in the mid-terms, have vowed to protect it.

If Mr Whitaker chose to fire Mueller, he would need to inform the special counsel in writing of the specific reason for his termination. Senator Susan Collins and Mitt Romney said it should not be impeded in any way.

"And to outsiders, it looks like he [Trump] chose this person because this person has committed to end this investigation, this person is loyal to Donald Trump".

The next month, Whitaker wrote an op-ed posted on CNN's website in which he argued that Mueller's investigation appeared to be going too far and may constitute a "witch hunt", echoing one of Trump's favorite descriptions to criticize and discredit the probe.

Democrats see this latest move as an attempt to do just that. Whitaker had served as Sessions' chief of staff. However, the publication cited anonymous sources, and added that it was not clear how serious the president was about the idea.

The sacking followed months of Mr Trump criticising Mr Sessions, mainly for his decision to step aside from the Russian Federation inquiry in March 2017.

Mr Trump has at various times belittled Mr Sessions as "beleaguered", "VERY weak", and "DISGRACEFUL".

Christie is a longtime friend of President Trump's and endorsed him after dropping out of the 2016 presidential campaign.

"Attorney General Jefferson Sessions was a national disgrace, NORML hopes he finds the time during his retirement to seek treatment for his affliction of 1950's reefer madness", Erik Altieri, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, said in a press release.

Protesters are calling for Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing the investigation, handing the reins back to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, according to the statement.

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Whitaker, who had a stint as a legal commentator for CNN, has been vocal in his criticism of Mueller's investigation and its scope.

He once mused about a situation in which Trump could fire Sessions and then appoint an acting attorney general who could stifle the funding of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

In addition to Mueller's subpoena of the Trump Organisation, an umbrella company that encompasses Trump's business ventures, federal prosecutors in Manhattan indicted the president's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, for campaign finance fraud related to payments made on behalf of Trump.

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