Sessions 'confident' Mueller probe will be handled 'appropriately'

Then-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a news conference on Jan. 9 2014 at the Statehouse in Trenton N.J

During a brief stint past year as a conservative legal commentator on CNN, Whitaker often appeared as a Trump defender, saying he saw no evidence the president colluded with Russians during the 2016 campaign or obstructed justice. The Senate's top Republican predicted a permanent replacement could be named soon for Whitaker, who is now overseeing the Trump-Russia probe.

A petition sgined by 18 Democrat attroneys general from around the nation calling for new Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe is "hypocritical" and should be aimed at Deputy General Rod Rosenstein instead, Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz said Friday. "I don't know Matt Whitaker", Trump said. In October, President Trump also told Fox News, "Matt Whitaker's a great guy".

The ouster of Attorney General Jeff Sessions by President Donald Trump on Wednesday drew immediate criticism from Democrats who warned Trump against moving to squash a probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

McConnell, a close Trump ally who said Friday that he talks frequently with the president, insisted that Mueller's investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation in 2016 is not under threat.

Mueller has been investigating potential Russian involvement and collusion by the Trump campaign in the 2016 USA presidential election.

He also once tweeted an ex-prosecutor's opinion piece that described the Mueller team as a "lynch mob", and wrote his own op-ed saying Mueller would be outside his authority if he investigated Trump's family finances.

The Wall Street Journal has published an email disclosing an FBI investigation into an invention promotion company tied to acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. The July 10, 2017, email was from an Federal Bureau of Investigation victims' specialist to someone who the newspaper said was an alleged victim of the company. He added that Whitaker's role heading the Justice Department will be a brief one.

Stone has said he did not, but emails, Twitter messages and his own public statements show he portrayed himself as plugged into the WikiLeaks orbit.

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The TV series "Westworld" is among the many productions that have filmed at the ranch in the mountains west of Los Angeles. Another individual was found outside a vehicle, three bodies were found outside homes and one was found inside the home.

Schumer and other leading Democrats were joined in their call for an unhampered probe by Republican Mitt Romney, a former presidential candidate and frequent Trump critic who won a US Senate seat in Tuesday's midterm.

The rally in Champaign was one of more than 900 protests against Trump's actions across the U.S. They were supported by both Indivisible and MoveOn, another progressive advocacy group frequently critical of the president and the Republican Party. Trump told associates that he felt that Whitaker would be "loyal" and would not have recused himself from the Russian Federation probe as Sessions had done, according to two Republicans close to the White House not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations. He wrote previous year on CNN.com that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should limit the scope of Mueller's investigation to stop him from delving into Trump's finances.

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

Speaking to reporters at the White House before he left on a trip to Paris, Trump defended his choice of Whitaker, saying the former U.S. attorney for the southern district of Iowa had an excellent reputation and came highly recommended by former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, who is now Trump's ambassador to China.

"He was very very highly thought of..."

Nixon ordered his own attorney general, Elliot Richardson, to fire Special Counsel Archibald Cox, who had gone to the Supreme Court to obtain White House tapes involved in the sensational case.

"Perhaps what we'll see is Bob Mueller telling us the story of a corrupt president through indictments".

The president's remarks come after Sessions resigned from his post earlier this week.

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