Leftists Rally at White House to Protest Trump, Protect Mueller

Janice Rogers Brown

Janice Rogers Brown

Trump on Wednesday requested that Jeff Sessions resign as attorney general and named Matthew Whitaker acting attorney general.

Sessions' resignation, in a one-page letter to President Donald Trump, came one day after Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives and was the first of several expected post-midterms Cabinet and White House departures.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions was sacked by Donald Trump Wednesday, casting a cloud over the Russian Federation investigation that has dogged the White House, a day after Republicans lost control over the lower house of Congress.

Organizers say the naming of Whitaker as acting attorney general is a "deliberate attempt to obstruct the special counsel's investigation".

When asked what was at stake in the Mueller investigation, Joanne Sheaffer of South Portland said that the rule of law is at risk.

Under government ethics regulation, federal employees are required to recuse themselves from matters where their impartiality could reasonably be questioned.

Trump also dismissed the controversy over whether his designation of Whitaker to serve as acting attorney general was legal.

Matthew Whitaker is replacing his former boss, Jeff Sessions.

On Thursday, two people close to Whitaker said he has no intention of taking himself off the Russian Federation case.

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

The event was part of nationwide protests organized in response to recent shakeups in the administration.

But if anything, the election aftermath has featured even hotter controversy than before, whether over Mueller or Trump's other favorite bugbear - the media.

Sessions was ousted as attorney general Wednesday, the day after the USA midterm elections. He called Mr. Whitaker "a very good person and a talented person". Commenting on Trump's pick, Christie said he wanted to finish his term as New Jersey governor. The investigation, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, has already netted multiple indictments and guilty pleas. A court might then issue a temporary restraining order blocking his removal.

Christie is reportedly a personal friend of Trump's and endorsed him after dropping out of the 2016 presidential campaign himself. The law was meant to address vacancies created by deaths or resignations, but it is not clear it also applies to those created by firings.

Demonstrators gathered outside the US consulate in Vancouver on Thursday in support of special counsel Robert Mueller. If sacked, he could seek to challenge his own firing. Thus far, however, there are no signs that he's willing to risk the president's wrath by following in Sessions's footsteps.

A legal policy commentator before he joined the Justice Department, Whitaker has publicly mused how Sessions' replacement might shrink Mueller's budget "so low that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt".

New York City Rep. Jerrold Nadler - who is now the ranking Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee and could be the next chairman of the committee with Democrats taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives - questioned the president's move on Twitter and said that "we will be holding people accountable". We impeached President Clinton.

He cited election exit polls which showed more voters disapprove of the Mueller investigation than approve.

Whitaker would be required to notify Congress of such a decision. Oh, and he also has seven years of experience as an attorney, too.

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