Mueller’s New Boss Has Broad Powers to Throttle Trump Probe

Fears for Russia probe as Trump fires Jeff Sessions

US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer shortly after the news broke said in a statement that Whitaker in his new role should recuse himself from overseeing Mueller's investigation.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced by tweet that 49-year-old Matthew Whitaker, Sessions's former chief of staff, would take over as acting attorney general until a permanent replacement is found at a later date. "When Trump complained about the Mueller investigation, Whitaker often smiled knowingly and nodded in assent, the official said".

MacCallum told him, "July of 2017", causing the senator to laugh, which prompted MacCallum to comment that "things have changed", which made Graham laugh again. "Matt Whitaker has a great reputation and that's what I wanted". Whitaker should seek guidance from these components on whether his involvement with the Mueller investigation raises ethical or legal concerns, as both Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein did. "Clearly, Attorney General Sessions doesn't have the confidence of the president".

But Trump and his aides are concerned about Mueller's next move with the work that is complete, according to a White House official and a Republican with close ties to the administration.

Mueller has not publicly identified any of the targets of his investigation. "Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russian Federation 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing", he thundered.

"We are in the lowest of the low times", Samuelian said. He once opined about a situation in which Trump could fire Sessions and then appoint an acting attorney general who could stifle the funding of Mueller's probe.

"The whole issue of presidential harassment is interesting", McConnell told reporters, when asked what Senate Republicans would do if Democrats attempted to obtain Trump's tax return.

In an editorial for CNN.com a year ago, Whitaker made clear that he believes the president's personal finances are off limits to special counsel Robert Mueller.

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"Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russian Federation 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing", Whitaker wrote.

He cited election exit polls which showed more voters disapprove of the Mueller investigation than approve.

Short of legislation meant to protect Mueller, which is unlikely to pass, there is little Congress can do to challenge Whitaker's oversight of Mueller, said Rosenzweig.

Whitaker has taken over from Jeff Sessions, who resigned Wednesday after months of pressure from President Trump to do so.

The president said that he "did not know" Mr Whitaker and that he had not talked to him about the Mueller probe before his appointment.

George Papadopoulos, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and Michael Flynn have all been indicted by Mueller. Several hundred people gathered in South Straub Park.

One reason Sessions endured months of taunting from Trump is that he believed he was protecting the integrity of the Justice Department and was trying to prevent the president from bringing in someone who would politicize it, according to a US official who has worked with Sessions and frequently talked with him.

Those actions could involve seeking new indictments from a grand jury or a subpoena forcing Trump to sit for an interview. A similar protest in Portland was attended by more than 300 people.

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