Protesters in downtown Rockford decry Trump's move to replace Sessions

Jeff Sessions forced out after months of Trump abuse over Mueller probe

Jeff Sessions forced out after months of Trump abuse over Mueller probe

And it is clear that Whitaker being in charge of the DOJ, even for a brief period, is an utter disaster for the fair enforcement of the law.

"There are certainly ways short of firing Mueller to influence the investigation", Cramer said. Whitaker is poised to take over the Russian Federation investigation, a probe he has criticized in the past.

In fact, Trump has repeatedly referred to Mueller's probe as a "witch hunt". In fact, Whitaker told CNN past year that a future attorney general could limit Mueller by reducing the budget "so low that his investigations grinds to nearly a halt".

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In July 2017, before joining the Justice Department, Whitaker said during an interview on CNN that he could envision a scenario in which an acting attorney general doesn't fire Mueller but "just reduces his budget to so low that his investigations grind to nearly a halt". Whitaker accompanied the tweet with his own comment to his followers: "Worth a Read". The special counsel's team has been investigating Stone's connection to WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign and whether he had advance knowledge of the group's plans to release hacked material damaging to Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton should have been prosecuted. That includes implying he had inside knowledge in separate email exchanges with a Breitbart editor Steve Bannon, the then-Trump campaign chairman, just days before WikiLeaks began releasing thousands of emails stolen from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. Whitaker very vocally believes otherwise.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Whitaker should recuse himself, given those past comments critical of the scope of Mueller's investigation.

However, the ACLU had a few other choice departing words for the now former Attorney General.

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 Senate. During that campaign, one of his chief pledges at a GOP forum was that he would ask candidates for a federal judgeships whether they are "people of faith" who had "a biblical view of justice". "No one is above the law in America".

The Supreme Court is an "inferior branch" that should not have any authority over Congress.

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"We pretty much expected Sessions to be fired", Kreutz said.

It is not obstruction of justice if the president does it.

Since stepping into his new role on Wednesday, Whitaker has faced questions - principally from Democrats - about whether he should recuse from the Russian Federation investigation, given that he has written opinion pieces in the past about the investigation, and is a friend and political ally of a witness.

Answering allegations Thursday that the White House had used a clip edited by a notorious right-wing conspiracy theorist, Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said: "We stand by our statement".

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

Hundreds of people gathered at Portland's waterfront to criticize President Trump.

"This president's Department of Justice has done a fine job breaking the back of the opioid crisis...prosecuting some doctors, pharmacists and nurses...shutting down the dark web...certainly putting it to the MS-13 gangs and prosecuting many violent criminals, trans-national criminals", she stated.

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