Protesters across the United States have called for the protection of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's campaign.
Trump installed Whitaker Wednesday as the nation's interim top law enforcement officer after ousting Jeff Sessions.
But speaking to reporters before taking off for Paris, Trump brushed off those concerns. Trump told associates that he felt that Whitaker would be "loyal" and would not have recused himself from the Russian Federation probe as Sessions had done, according to two Republicans close to the White House not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.
Some protesters said they fear Trump is close to causing a constitutional crisis.
In an interview with Reuters, Clovis said Whitaker is "a wonderful man" and "a dear friend". Some of the criticism Trump has faced for his choice of replacement has been bipartisan - notably, from George Conway.
"Constitutionally, Matthew Whitaker is a nobody".
Whitaker has the authority to fire Mueller, but he could also simply reassign some or all of the 13 career prosecutors who now serve on Mueller's team.
Mueller's probe looks to establish whether Trump or his campaign actively colluded with them to steal the White House.
He added, "Why don't you ask Kellyanne that question".
"The person he's put in, he's got a plan to cut the funding for the whole probe", she said. "I really don't know the guy".
In this April 24, 2014, file photo, then-Iowa Republican senatorial candidate and former USA attorney Matt Whitaker watches before a live televised debate in Johnston, Iowa.
Democrats have warned that Whitaker, a Trump loyalist and vocal critic of the probe, may fire Mueller, but he has many other ways to hamper, or even freeze, the investigation.
A former USA attorney and conservative commentator, Whitaker past year wrote an opinion piece for CNN arguing that Mueller would be going too far if he investigated the Trump family's finances.
The decree followed a lengthy investigation by the Justice Department during the Obama administration that concluded Baltimore Police were routinely violating people's constitutional rights. "You have to treat the presidency with respect".
The White House is bracing for the probe of Donald Trump's presidential campaign to fire up again.
As Trump grapples with the political fallout, the Sessions resignation has prompted a new wave of protests in cities across the country. Graham met with Trump in the Oval Office on Thursday.
Noah Bookbinder, former corruption prosecutor and current director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, spoke at the rally and said he filed a seven-page document to the Justice Department explaining in "painstaking detail" why Whitaker must recuse. Justice Department officials said that under normal circumstances, the deputy attorney general would likely play an active, hands-on role in overseeing such a high profile probe, and they had no reason to believe that Rosenstein would now be cut out. The investigation, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, has already netted multiple indictments and guilty pleas. When Democrats take over in January, they could subpoena documents from the Justice Department and Mueller's probe, as well as call Mueller and other witnesses to testify publicly.
"Neither the House nor the Senate before was doing much to monitor and oversee and control outrageous statements and actions", Hamilton said. "Trump firing Sessions is crossing the red line, and I think our democracy is at risk".