Published: Fri, November 09, 2018

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker Locks His Twitter Account

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker Locks His Twitter Account

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.

They joined protests in cities across the U.S. Crowds also turned out in Chicago; Greensboro, North Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee, and many other places. On Wednesday, Trump fired the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, and named Whitaker as his replacement at the justice department.

In Chicago, hundreds of people gathered in Federal Plaza and marched through downtown streets to Trump Tower.

He said that in the Old Dominion, Democrats and some Republicans agreed that Trump appears "untethered" - appearing to allude to why Sen.

"When you no longer have Sessions as the attorney general and you have a new attorney general, Robert Mueller has a new boss", she said into a megaphone.

"When this happened yesterday, people started mobilizing very quickly", said Margaret Foley, the communications director for Nasty Women Get Shit Done PDX.

In Washington, DC, protesters called on Democrat and Republican legislators to put partisan divisions aside to avoid the possibility of a constitutional crisis.

At a press conference Wednesday, Trump branded CNN reporter Jim Acosta an "enemy of the people" when he posed questions, including about the Russian Federation probe, and refused to give up the mic.


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. Justice Department officials said that under normal circumstances, the deputy attorney general would likely play an active, hands-on role in overseeing such a high profile probe, and they had no reason to believe that Rosenstein would now be cut out.

Briefing the president on sensitive investigative details in an ongoing investigation would be highly unusual and could be a risky move for Whitaker, as revealing grand jury proceedings can be illegal.

He said many people fear Whitaker could try to wind down the investigation or even hide Mueller's final report.

Whitaker has questioned Mueller's authority to investigate aspects of Trump's election campaign and suggested how to end the investigation: by cutting its budget.

The probe cost more than $16 million during its first year, according to figures released by the Justice Department in May.

"Matthew Whitaker has criticized Robert Mueller's investigation again and again", said Noah Bookbinder at a park near the White House, where some 500 demonstrators had gathered as part of the "Nobody Is Above The Law" protests. According to the department's most recent report, $10 million was spent from October 1, 2017, through March 31.

"Committees of the United States Congress are conducting investigations parallel to those of the special counsel's office, and preservation of records is critical to ensure that we are able to do our work without interference or delay", the Democrats wrote. The group also urged people to pressure Congress to protect the Mueller investigation.

However, some lawmakers might use upcoming debates over government spending to advance legislation to protect Mueller's investigation.

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