Healey, other AGs call for Whitaker to recuse himself from Russian Federation probe

Fears for Russia probe as Trump fires Jeff Sessions

Over 5,000 people raised hell in Union Square last night to protest the firing of Jeff Sessions and demand that Donald Trump's new attorney general recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

Sessions' relationship with Trump soured after he recused himself from the investigation into potential coordination between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation, which prompted the appointment of Mueller as special counsel to lead the probe. On Wednesday, Trump fired the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, and named Whitaker as his replacement at the justice department. He accused it of overreach.

Those included an op-ed article in which he said Mueller would be straying outside his mandate if he investigated Trump family finances and a radio interview in which he maintained there was no evidence of collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign.

Protesters rally to demand the USA government to protect the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 Trump campaign, outside the White House in Washington, November 8, 2018.

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer immediately called on Whitaker to recuse himself from the probe as his predecessor had, "given his previous comments advocating defunding and imposing limitations" on it.

"I'm saying there's a middle ground where he tells us the story, locks it into the court system by indicting others, then files a report with Whitaker".

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Walter Shaub, who was director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics for four years before resigning in July 2017, said the friendship between Whitaker and Clovis should disqualify Whitaker from supervising the Mueller investigation. He said he thinks it's very likely the investigation is going to reach its conclusion.

Schumer says he finds "no legitimate reason" why Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has been confirmed by the Senate, should be passed over.

By the White House's interpretation of the law, Whitaker can serve for up to 210 days without needing Senate confirmation, an appointment that can be renewed.

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

"Have a discussion about getting this on the schedule, and let's get this wrapped up, that would be my preference", Toomey told reporters at an unrelated event in Emmaus. Those TV appearances included one on CNN in which Whitaker suggested that the Mueller probe could be starved of resources.

"People want to see the rule of law preserved and they [local protestors] want to emphasize that nobody is above that, not the president, not anybody", Forsythe said. His spokesman said on Thursday that McConnell has no further comment on the legislation.

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