Democrats Seek Hearing on Trump's Ouster of Sessions

U.S. Attorney Matthew Whitaker speaks during a news conference Wednesday Dec. 20 2006 in Des Moines Iowa. The federal government has charged 23 illegal aliens taken into custody last week at a raid at a Swift & Co. meatpacking plant in Marshalltown I

U.S. Attorney General Sessions Resigns, Throwing Doubt On Russia Probe

More than 300 demonstrators flooded Portland's Monument Square on Thursday evening to protest President Trump's decision to oust Attorney General Jeff Sessions and replace him with Matthew Whitaker, a presidential loyalist who has openly criticized special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether anyone in Trump's 2016 campaign colluded with Russian Federation to influence the election.

Demonstrations are taking place in more than 1,000 US 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.

Whitaker, a former USA attorney from Iowa who twice ran unsuccessfully for statewide office and founded a law firm with other Republican Party activists, once opined about a scenario in which Trump could fire Sessions and then appoint an acting attorney general who could stifle the funding of Mueller's probe.

Sessions' ouster "just makes us all the more want to make sure we have that special counsel protection bill passed or added to any spending bill that may be moving in the (end-of-year) session", said Representative Mark Pocan.

After recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe, the staunchly conservative Sessions spent his time ramping up efforts to combat violent gangs, drug use and illegal immigration - all key components of Trump's law-and-order agenda.

"He'll have no qualms whatsoever about attempting to undermine Mueller's investigation", said Fein.

The White House is bracing for the probe of Donald Trump's presidential campaign to fire up again.

Trump forced the resignation of Sessions on Wednesday, a day after elections in which his fellow Republicans lost control of the House but increased their majority in the U.S. Senate. Federal prosecutors have said in court papers that the case involves numerous "uncharged" third parties and have argued against disclosing search warrants and other documents that would "certainly result in a very public guessing game" about their identities. Sessions' chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, has been named acting attorney general.

Trump has made it clear, Swalwell said, that the only thing he cares about with the Justice Department and who runs it is "that person's position on his personal criminal exposure and that of his family in the Russian Federation probe". Whitaker was Sessions' chief of staff and outwardly criticized Mueller's investigation.

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Last November, Whitaker penned a CNN op-ed claiming that the Robert Mueller investigation was going too far by digging into the president's financial records.

Mueller is investigating allegations of Russian meddling and collusion in the 2016 USA presidential election. Whitaker has spoken critically about the Mueller probe and spoke in a TV interview about choking off its funding. He was quickly shouted down and had anti-Trump signs held in front of his face.

Whitaker, in a Justice Department statement released on Wednesday evening said, "I am committed to leading a fair department with the highest ethical standards, that upholds the rule of law, and seeks justice for all Americans". Stone's visits to Trump Tower in NY before the 2016 election.

There should be no special counsel investigation because what about Obama.

Whitaker is a former US attorney from Iowa who founded a law firm with other Republican Party activists.

Many marchers said they were no fans of Sessions.

The new acting attorney general, Whitaker will assume the duties and responsibilities fulfilled by Sessions.

Whitaker also once worked as chairman of Sam Clovis' failed campaign for Iowa state treasurer in 2014.

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