Can Trump block the Mueller probe?

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"It is impossible to read Attorney General Sessions' firing as anything other than another blatant attempt by @realDonaldTrump to undermine and end Special Counsel Mueller's investigation", Ms Pelosi - a front-runner to become speaker of the House of Representatives following this week's mid-terms - tweeted.

Now, though, Sessions is gone and the Justice Department says that means Whitaker's purview includes the special counsel's investigation. The bill has been reported out by the Senate Judiciary Committee and King has previously voiced his backing of the bill on Twitter.

Though long expected, Sessions' departure fueled Democratic fears that Trump may be maneuvering to assert control over the Mueller investigation through a trusted appointee or possibly shut down it all together.

The "Saturday Night Massacre" was one of the most dramatic events in the Watergate scandal in the 1970s, which led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

"Given his record of threats to undermine & weaken the Russian Federation investigation, Matthew Whitaker should recuse himself from any involvement in Mueller's investigation", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said on Twitter.

"So I could see a scenario where Jeff Sessions is replaced with a recess appointment and that attorney general doesn't fire Bob Mueller, but he just reduces his budget to so low that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt", Whitaker said during an interview with CNN in July 2017.

A spokeswoman for the Justice Department said that the acting attorney general - meaning Whitaker - is in charge of "all matters" within the department, including the Russian Federation probe.

That duty has belonged to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller and closely monitors his work. Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani told Reuters on Tuesday that he assumed it was "not going to affect" the Mueller investigation.

The president can not directly fire the special counsel.

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Mr Trump also tweeted an attack on the Robert Mueller's probe into the Russian collusion, quoting an NBC News survey on public perception of the probe.

And, if nothing else, having an attorney general who isn't recused from Mueller's work might give the White House a clearer look inside it.

"He's political to his core", a friend said of Whitaker.

Both Whitaker and Clovis are rooted in Iowa politics, and both ran for the 2014 Republican Senate nomination. He recused himself the next day, saying it would be inappropriate to oversee an investigation into a campaign he was part of.

He also announced media leak crackdowns and tougher policies against opioids, and his Justice Department defended a since-abandoned administration policy that resulted in migrant parents being separated from their children at the border.

"We are immediately issuing multiple letters to key officials demanding that they preserve all relevant documents related to this action to make sure that the investigation and any evidence remains safe from improper interference or destruction", Nadler said.

A copy of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' resignation letter is photographed in Washington on an image of the exterior of the Justice Department.

Mueller has likely gathered thousands of hours of interviews and sworn testimony, including from some former top lieutenants of Trump who agreed to testify in exchange for lighter sentences in their own cases.

The Democrats, who won the House in the mid-terms, have vowed to protect it.

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