Trump denies talking to new acting attorney general about Mueller investigation

Howard TerryNov 10, 2018

Wednesday, Trump replaced Sessions, who had recused himself from overseeing Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, with acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who previously called Mueller's appointment "ridiculous", according to CNN.

Speakers encouraged attendees to contact their representatives in Washington, D.C. and call for the acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, to recuse himself from the investigation, as Sessions had done.

The president has called Mueller's investigation a "witch-hunt" and criticized Sessions for recusing himself from overseeing Mueller's probe.

To Trump's great anger, on March 2, 2017 Sessions recused himself from involvement in and oversight of the nascent Russia collusion investigation because of his own Russian contacts during the 2016 campaign. In the meantime, congressional Democrats could challenge Whitaker's appointment under the Vacancies Reform Act, given that Sessions did not die or become incapacitated but was asked to step aside by the President. "He was very, very highly thought of, and still is highly thought of, but this only comes up because anybody that works for me - they do a number on them".

Boone said the protestors want to see the Mueller probe protected, and its final conclusions released to the public.

Nancy, another protester who did not want to give her last name, said Trump in trying to impede the Mueller probe has done something she thinks will potentially destroy the country.

Senator Ron Wyden speaks at an anti-Trump protest at the Portland waterfront Thursday evening.

Trump has told confidants he remains deeply annoyed by the 18-month-old Mueller probe, believing it is not just a "witch hunt" but an expensive and lengthy negative distraction. That would include specifying that only a Senate-confirmed Justice Department official - which Whitaker is not - could dismiss Mueller.

"The [midterm] election results had barely come in, and Donald Trump railroaded his attorney general into resigning" Wyden said. Both refused and resigned, before Solicitor General Robert Bork, third in command at the Department of Justice, agreed to fire Cox.

Chris Christie is reportedly being considered as a replacement for ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to a report. "I'm saying there's a middle ground where he tells us the story, locks it into the court system by indicting others, then files a report with Whitaker".

The president tweeted, "Jeff Flake (y) doesn't want to protect the Non-Senate confirmed Special Counsel, he wants to protect his future after being unelectable in Arizona for the "crime" of doing a awful job!"

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