Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker Locks His Twitter Account

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker Locks His Twitter Account

A large crowd marched to downtown Seattle on Thursday evening to call for protecting special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.

"Well I don't know why he'd be recused". "It's not ok for someone to break the law and be above the law".

To this point, Trump has heeded advice not to directly interfere, though a new chapter in the relationship with the probe may have begun with the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as new acting attorney general.

In cities across the country Thursday - including in Eugene and Portland - protesters gathered over Sessions' ousting and concerns about what that could mean for Mueller's investigation. More than 20,000 people RSVP'd for the Manhattan march.

Whitaker has indicated to associates that he has no intention of recusing himself from overseeing the special counsel probe. He was quickly shouted down and had anti-Trump signs held in front of his face.

Crowds also turned out at the White House and in Greensboro, North Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Las Vegas and many other places.

A protester holds up a sign November 8 outside the Monroe County Courthouse during a protest against the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions by President Trump.

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway is setting the record straight about Attorney General Jeff Sessions' resignation. It's not clear whether his connections to Sam Clovis, who if friends with Whitaker and has been questioned in the Mueller probe, and with the president would be enough to force his recusal. And though Democrats have called for him to recuse himself because of his past comments, the case is less clear-cut than it was for Sessions - who stepped aside because of his prominent role in Trump's campaign.

Chris Christie is reportedly being considered as a replacement for ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to a report.

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Vickie Holt, who ran for the District 48 state House of Representatives seat in Tuesday's election, was at Thursday night's rally. - Donald Trump just crossed a red line, violating the independence of the investigation pursuing criminal charges in the Trump-Russia scandal and cover-up.

But that was not the view of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who on Wednesday warned House Democrats that any investigations of the president by their new majority in the ensuing two years "might not be smart strategy".

"It is time for Rosenstein, who is the acting attorney general for the purposes of this investigation, to order Mueller to limit the scope of his investigation to the four corners of the order appointing him special counsel". "Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russian Federation 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing", he thundered.

"We can not let this president tell Bob Mueller what to do", Durkan, a former USA attorney, said before leading the crowd in a chant of "Let Bob do his job". She said the "resistance" needs to be ready to react if Trump fires Mueller.

"You would always take that meeting".

"Sometimes the voters need to do more than vote", she said.

Several Republican senators, including the newly elected Mitt Romney, a former presidential candidate, said that the investigation led by Robert Mueller must be allowed to reach its conclusion.

Critics worry Whitaker may be unlikely or unwilling to defend the investigation, given his history of partisanship and loyalty to Trump.

In a letter saying a constitutional crisis was looming, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee demanded action from the committee's Republican Chairman Bob Goodlatte, as well as bipartisan legislation to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller from any effort to stymie the probe. Protestors anxious Whitaker would use his new position to stifle the investigation before its conclusion.

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