Mueller investigation now under new supervision

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Protesters gather in front of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, as part of a nationwide "Protect Mueller" campaign demanding that Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker recuse himself from overseeing the ongoing special counsel investigation.

McConnell, meanwhile, said "I think this will be a very interim AG".

Thursday's letter to the Justice Department was signed by Oregon's Ellen Rosenblum and Washington's Bob Ferguson and their colleagues in Hawaii, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Vermont, Rhode Island, North Carolina, California, New Jersey, Minnesota, Illinois, Delaware, New York and MA. The rally was one of many across the country in reaction to Trump's appointing Whitaker.

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions' chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, will be acting attorney general.

Flake announced the move Thursday, a day after President Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and replaced him with loyal ally Matt Whitaker. Look for Whitaker to reduce Mueller's operating budget, pull lawyers and investigators now working on Mueller's team back to DOJ, refuse to authorize grand jury subpoenas or indictments, and/or push Mueller to wrap up the probe as soon as possible.

As Jeff Sessions was forced out of his attorney general position and Matthew Whitaker steps in, Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe is under high pressure.

Sessions had been an avid supporter from the beginning of the Trump campaign, but ran afoul of the President when he recused himself from the probe on Russia's interference after it was revealed that Sessions had had two meetings with the former ambassador from Russia, Sergey Kislyak.

Probably. Mueller has clearly pursued allegations that Trump criminally obstructed the Russian Federation probe, mainly by firing former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey in May 2017 - the move that led directly to Mueller's appointment.

As acting attorney general, Whitaker has assumed oversight of the Mueller investigation. Nancy Pelosi, presumed to become the next speaker of the house, said ousting Sessions can only be read as "another blatant attempt.to undermine & end Special Counsel Mueller's investigation".

They said the acting attorney general Trump appointed, Matthew Whitaker, a former US attorney from Iowa, should recuse himself because he is on record saying Mueller's investigation of Trump's 2016 campaign should be constrained.

"A big complaint people have - Mueller was not Senate confirmed ... why didn't they get him confirmed?" the president wondered. Whitaker did, however, believe that Sessions had no choice but to recuse himself from the matter, the person said.

Conway spoke to reporters at the White House on Thursday.

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