Fears for Russian Federation probe as Trump fires Jeff Sessions

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Rallies were staged across the Tampa Bay area on Thursday to support special counsel Robert Mueller, whose investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election may be in jeopardy.

Both Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer and the expected House majority leader, Nancy Pelosi, want Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation.

Also, some of the leads developed by Mueller already have been turned over to other Justice Department units, including the US attorney in Manhattan.

The organizers of Thursday's events warned of even more massive street protests if Trump fired Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who had been overseeing the Mueller investigation after Sessions recused himself.

When Democrats take over in January, they could subpoena documents from the Justice Department and Mueller's probe, as well as call Mueller and other witnesses to testify publicly.

"He'll have no qualms whatsoever about attempting to undermine Mueller's investigation", said Fein. Yesterday, we submitted several FOIA requests to the Department Ethics Office, the Professional Responsibility Advisory Office and Office of the Attorney General seeking confirmation as to whether Whitaker has at any point asked for or received guidance regarding ethical or legal concerns arising from his possible involvement with the Mueller investigation. "There is no case for obstruction of justice because the president has all the power of the executive and delegates that to people like the Federal Bureau of Investigation director and the attorney general", said Whitaker.

"The American people like and respect fighters, and they have elected us to put a check on the executive branch", said California Democrat Ro Khanna.

Midterm elections saw the Democrats seize control of the House of Representatives which will allow them to frustrate and block Trump's policy plans.

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Trump Jr. would be the closest figure to the president yet to be roped into the probe - which has already claimed four former advisers to the US President. Trump, who denies any collusion, has long complained about the probe, calling it a witch-hunt.

Even Richard Neal, from MA, a senior Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee, who intends to push for Mr Trump's tax returns, said that launching investigations "cannot be the sole objective of this election".

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump finally removed Jeff Sessions as attorney general, bringing an end to months of open and increasingly hostile criticism.

"You must be aware that your public comments criticizing Mr. Mueller's investigation have been widely circulated", the attorneys general wrote to Whitaker. Mueller's direct spending during that period was about $4.5 million.

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

David Bosel, a retired political scientist, described Trump's attempts to scupper the Mueller investigation as "dictatorial" and accused most Republicans in Congress of helping Trump tilt the U.S. towards "fascism".

"If the president seeks to interfere in the impartial administration of justice, the Congress must stop him", Adam Schiff said.

However, some lawmakers might use upcoming debates over government spending to advance legislation to protect Mueller's investigation.

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