Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Protests to protect Robert Mueller planned nationwide after Jeff Sessions firing

Protests to protect Robert Mueller planned nationwide after Jeff Sessions firing

Organizers say the naming of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is a "deliberate attempt to obstruct the special counsel's investigation". Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME criticized Trump for stripping Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein of his role overseeing the probe.

Mr Sessions, a former senator representing Alabama, was among the early loyalists of Mr Trump before the relationship was soured shortly after he took office as Attorney General in 2017.

Whitaker has made no public comment since being named, but he has previously shown distinct scepticism about the probe, including calling for its scope to be curtailed.

When asked if he would fire Mueller, as some critics have feared, Trump said, "I could have ended it any time I wanted, [but] I didn't".

"Under these conditions, it would be wholly inappropriate for Mr. Whitaker to supervise the Special Counsel investigation given his documented history of opposition to it", Nadler said, before warning that the Sessions firing would be investigated and warning that documents related to the event must be preserved.

Whitaker now becomes Mueller's new boss and judging by past statements he will be sympathetic towards Trump. Nobody Is Above The Law said it wants Whitaker to recuse himself from supervising the investigation.

Under government ethics regulation, federal employees are required to recuse themselves from matters where their impartiality could reasonably be questioned. Mitt Romney, who just won election to the U.S. Senate from Utah, also tweeted that the Mueller probe should be allowed to proceed "to its conclusion unimpeded". If the president seeks to interfere in the impartial administration of justice, the Congress must stop him. "But we're always ready to rise up and defend the rule of law".

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller departs Capitol Hill, June 21, 2017, following a closed door meeting in Washington.

Schumer called it "paramount" that Mueller's status be protected by the new attorney general.

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Ginsburg, who was appointed by president Bill Clinton in 1993, is one of four liberal justices on the nine-member court. She was the second woman to ever be confirmed to the Supreme Court, after retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

"I don't think Whitaker has good cause to fire Mueller".

The president can not directly fire the special counsel. A court might then issue a temporary restraining order blocking his removal.

Any action by Mr Whitaker could potentially be challenged under the Vacancies Reform Act Trump used to appoint his acting attorney general. The law was meant to address vacancies created by deaths or resignations, but it is not clear it also applies to those created by firings. "I have done so to the best of my ability, working to support the fundamental legal processes that are the foundation of justice", Sessions wrote in his resignation letter.

The possibility that Sessions was sacked could open Whitaker's appointment to court challenge by a range of people, including Mueller, impacted by his actions. Or by people who have nothing to do with the Russian Federation investigation, said Mr Ohlin.

The short-list came after George Conway III, a prominent lawyer, penned an op-ed in the New York Times along with former solicitor general Neal Katyal, arguing that Trump's power play at the Justice Department is 'unconstitutional'.

How could Whitaker impede Mueller without firing him?

Mr Whitaker would be required to notify Congress of such a decision.

"Committees will also be investigating Attorney General Sessions' departure".

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