Thousands demand Mueller protection after Trump fires Sessions

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"Given his previous comments advocating defunding and imposing limitations on the Mueller investigation, Mr. Whitaker should recuse himself from its oversight for the duration of his time as acting attorney general", Schumer said in a statement on Wednesday.

Nadler is expected to become House Judiciary chairman when a Democratic House majority, elected in Tuesday's midterm elections, takes over in the new Congress that convenes in January.

Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller and has overseen his probe from the beginning will stay in his post, according to the official. Rosenstein signed off on multiple Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications to extend surveillance on Trump campaign aide Carter Page, who was unfairly accused of being a Russian spy.

Gonzales said if a decision is made to curtail or end the Mueller probe, that shouldn't be made by the acting attorney general, but someone within the normal lines of the chain of authority, either the deputy attorney general or the solicitor general.

Sessions, a 71-year-old former Republican senator from Alabama, was the first senator to endorse Trump's insurgent presidential campaign.

What does this mean for the Mueller probe?

They include his former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, and his former lawyer, Michael Cohen.

He has also written that he believes the Mueller probe has gone too far and that Trump's finances should be off limits to the special counsel.

Jeff Sessions resigned as U.S. Attorney General on Wednesday at the request of President Donald Trump and Sessions' former chief of staff Matthew Whitaker was named as the Acting Attorney General. "Clearly, Attorney General Sessions doesn't have the confidence of the president".

Jerry Role, a retired Department of Justice staffer told Al Jazeera that Trump's actions this week threatened the integrity of U.S. democracy.

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Separately, Justice Department prosecutors in NY secured a guilty plea from Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who said the president directed him to arrange hush money payments before the 2016 election to two women who said they had sex with Trump.

Sessions departs as the nation's top law enforcement officer while Special Counsel Robert Mueller, operating under the auspices of the Justice Department, pursues a wide-ranging Russian Federation investigation that already has yielded a series of criminal charges against several of Trump's associates and has dogged his presidency.

Warner criticized Trump for not appointing a bureaucrat who previously got senatorial confirmation - naming Rosenstein and Solicitor General Noel Francisco.

While he occasionally offered to work with the Democrats, he also said fairly bluntly that if they insisted on investigating him and his administration through the House, he would retaliate through the Senate and the executive power vested in him.

That left Whitaker in charge, at least for now, though Democrats, including Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen.

In Washington, DC, protesters called on Democrat and Republican legislators to put partisan divisions aside to avoid the possibility of a constitutional crisis.

Nevertheless he appealed to Republicans not "beholden" to Donald Trump to reign in any attempt to fire Mueller.

Susan Collins, Republican senator for ME, also warned Mr Trump against interfering with Mr Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, saying he "must be allowed" to finish it.

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