Whitaker’s recusal from Mueller’s Russian Federation investigation requested by 18 state AGs

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Hundreds of people plan to rally at the Capitol in downtown Sacramento on Thursday afternoon to show support for the ongoing Russian Federation investigation, part of a nationwide protest after the Wednesday ouster of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions by President Donald Trump.

American citizens in Vancouver are planning a protest Thursday following the firing by U.S. President Donald Trump of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

In the letter, the group of state attorneys general note that Rosenstein appears to have adequately overseen the Russian Federation probe and "should continue to do so, as Mr. Mueller's work must proceed free from interference or supervision that would appear to many Americans to be biased".

Recent acting and permanent attorneys general have been longtime government lawyers or high-ranking politicians with more experience navigating Washington than Whitaker.

These comments have led Democrats - who this week took a majority in he House of Representatives following the midterm elections - to call on Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing the investigation. Even if Whitaker, Sessions' former chief of staff, does not curtail the investigation, Trump could direct him to take a more aggressive stance in declassifying documents that could further undermine or muddle the probe, the White House aide and Republican official said.

Trump has made it clear, Swalwell said, that the only thing he cares about with the Justice Department and who runs it is "that person's position on his personal criminal exposure and that of his family in the Russian Federation probe". He also ran for Iowa Senate unsuccessfully. Mueller's team also has been pressing for an interview with Trump.

Sessions endured most of the name-calling in silence, though he did issue two public statements defending the department, including one in which he said he would serve "with integrity and honor" for as long as he was in the job.

That drew criticism from Democrats in Congress because Whitaker, who would now take over responsibility for overseeing Mueller and his investigation, has been critical of the Mueller probe, saying it should be scaled back.

He also said the line of succession within the Justice Department does not include the chief of staff and the fact that someone in that position would be made acting attorney general is "very odd".

The protests come a day after Trump fired Sessions, who had angered the president by recusing himself from the Mueller investigation. That left career DOJ Democrats in the driver's seat. But a new special counsel was appointed soon after, and the firing of Cox was found by a court to be illegal on November 14, 1973. The "independent DOJ" theme is meant to weaken President Trump and succeeding Republican presidents, and Mueller's Switch Project represents an institutionalization of Barack Obama's Department of Justice, in permanent opposition to the president whom the American people elected.

"It's unfortunate that we all knew the president was going to try to get rid of Jeff Sessions", Warner, a Virginia Democrat, said.

Sessions, who likely suspected his ouster was imminent, was spotted by reporters giving some of his grandchildren a tour of the White House over the weekend.

The mayor, who has gotten into it with the president on Twitter, added: "It is a shocking abuse of power".

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