Thousands pack Times Square in support of Mueller investigation

Nov 10, 2018, 01:47
Thousands pack Times Square in support of Mueller investigation

President Donald Trump on Friday said he did not discuss the USA special counsel's ongoing Russian Federation investigation with Matt Whitaker before appointing him as acting attorney general this week.

Demonstrations are taking place in more than 1,000 USA cities and towns on Thursday evening-beginning at 5:00 PM (local time)-in response to President Donald Trump "installing a hack" to oversee the ongoing investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump blamed the recusal for the appointment of Mueller, who took over the Russian Federation investigation two months later and began examining whether Trump's hectoring of Sessions was part of a broader effort to obstruct the probe. The president has called Mueller's investigation a "witch-hunt" and criticized Sessions for recusing himself from overseeing Mueller's probe.

"Whitaker must recuse and Congress must act to protect the Mueller investigation", said an organizer of the march outside the White House.

Sam Clovis, who was co-chair of Trump's 2016 campaign and has testified before the grand jury in the Mueller investigation, said he and Whitaker became good friends when they ran against each other as Republicans in a 2014 Senate primary campaign in Iowa.

Mueller is investigating allegations of Russian meddling and collusion in the 2016 US presidential election.

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Senator Ron Wyden speaks at an anti-Trump protest at the Portland waterfront Thursday evening. - Donald Trump just crossed a red line, violating the independence of the investigation pursuing criminal charges in the Trump-Russia scandal and cover-up.

Whitaker, who had a stint as a legal commentator for CNN, has been vocal in his criticism of Mueller's investigation and its scope. "We think it's important that people come out and make their viewpoints known".

Responsibility for the probe was then passed to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Matt Whitaker has been named acting USA attorney general following the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Mr Trump asked for Jeff Sessions's resignation and then replaced him with Mr Whitaker, his chief of staff.

"Congress has to step in, and protect this investigation". That appears to be coming to an end now that Whitaker has entirely taken over that role.

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Many in the crowd wore shirts supporting Democrat gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, who trailed Republican Ron DeSantis in the vote totals but closed the gap enough to trigger an automatic recount.

He's been described as a Trump loyalist and a possible threat to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

"There's a disrespect for norms, a disrespect for the rule of law, and a disrespect for the conventions of society and politics", he said, adding that politicians needed to "rise above party" to confront Trump. We're mobilizing immediately to demand accountability, because Trump is not above the law.

"It is imperative that the Administration not impede the Mueller investigation", she tweeted.

"The president could have done anything he wanted for many, many months now, and he's chosen not to", Toomey said.

President Trump and acting attorney general Matt Whitaker.

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Sessions resigned Wednesday - indicating he did so at Trump's request - and the President appointed Matthew Whitaker, Sessions' chief of staff, as the Acting Attorney General. Conway is the husband of the top White House aide Kellyanne Conway.