What the acting attorney general thinks of the Mueller probe

Saul Bowman
November 9, 2018

More than 300 demonstrators flooded Portland's Monument Square on Thursday evening to protest President Trump's decision to oust Attorney General Jeff Sessions and replace him with Matthew Whitaker, a presidential loyalist who has openly criticized special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether anyone in Trump's 2016 campaign colluded with Russian Federation to influence the election.

In Manhattan, the demonstrators shouted, "Trump is not above the law!"

He said that other former Trump associates Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen and Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg are all cooperating with the government, and that the "public needs to see the results" of the probe.

The switch, announced on Trump's Twitter feed, provoked consternation across Washington, where politicians from both sides of the aisle have long warned that political interference in Mueller's work can not be tolerated.

Whitaker promised that the organization he led at the time, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, would "continue to press its investigation into these 17 attorneys general for more information and answers regarding the true motivation and the real agenda behind this reprehensible campaign". "The video is clear, he did", she said. I was expecting 60, maybe 80 people. More than 20,000 people RSVP'd for the Manhattan march.

A progressive organization that focuses on social justice and equality, MoveOn acts as a mobilization tool for a number of efforts, including supporting candidates and passing legislation through campaigns on its website, moveon.org. Drivers and bus passengers faced some delays as protesters took to the streets.

Protesters gathered in Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago Thursday evening before marching to a rally outside Trump Tower.

Trump announced the resignation and Whitaker's assignment on Twitter.

Whitaker also laid out in a July 26, 2017, CNN appearance a hypothetical scenario in which Mueller's investigation could be stifled without him being fired.

Paul Brassard of Old Orchard Beach holds a sign during Thursday's protest in Monument Square.

The crowd in Portland was clearly angry with Trump.


Grassley said Whitaker "will work hard and make us proud", saying that the department would be in good hands during the transition.

Finally, he is good friends with Sam Clovis, a witness in the Mueller investigation due to his communication with George Papadopoulos (who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI).

Another speaker, Ron Fein, who is the legal director of the Newton-based Free Speech for People, labeled Whitaker a "Trump loyalist".

However, while Sessions was at the helm of the Justice Department, they reasoned Mueller's investigation was safe since he had recused himself from overseeing it because of his role in Trump's campaign.

Trump has said for months that he wished to replace Sessions, but lawmakers and administration officials believed that firing the attorney-general before the midterm elections would have had negative consequences for Republicans in tight races.

Protesters believe Sessions' resignation will lead to the undoing of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump presidential campaign.

Asked Wednesday if Whitaker would take control of the probe, Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Flores said Whitaker would be "in charge of all matters under the purview of the Department of Justice".

Joy Robinson said the Rock Hill's protest was put together in less than a day.

"We don't have a king or a junta or a dictator, do we?" said Arlington Heights rally organizer Jerry Freda. "We have to get rid of Trump". "I feel the United States has become an autocracy", said Roberta Zuckerman of South Portland.

Most of Whitaker's career has been spent in private practice, including at a Des Moines law firm he founded with other Republican Party activists in 2009. "I think we're seeing a change". Though the demonstration was peaceful, the crowd often burst into chants.

"The president's actions have plunged the country into peril", the Democrats added.

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