Democrats Seek Hearing on Trump's Ouster of Sessions

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Clovis had run for the Senate as well and later worked on Trump's presidential campaign. Trump has denied his campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

The investigation until now has been overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller previous year and granted him fairly broad authority.

Trump named Matthew Whitaker, a public critic of the investigation, as acting attorney general, prompting an outcry from Democrats and a handful of Senate Republicans who fear Whitaker will try to interfere with the probe. It's a job he knows well given that Whitaker has spent the a year ago as Sessions' chief of staff.

"He worships him", a longtime friend said of Whitaker and Trump. He looked close to tears as he was applauded by the staff on his way out of the justice department building on Wednesday night.

'The rule of law is disappearing before our eyes, ' tweeted former deputy attorney general Sally Yates, who was the first senior figure fired by Trump.

Democratic Representative Jerry Nadler, who will likely become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee - which has congressional oversight over the Mueller probe - immediately responded to Sessions' resignation by demanding an explanation for the change.

"We're here because Trump replaced Sessions and installed someone who will do his bidding, who has voiced his hostility to the Bob Mueller investigation", said Mary Melancon, 75, of Tampa.

Democrats also raised concerns about the appointment of Whitaker, 49, who will now oversee Mueller's probe.

Sessions is departing as Mueller's Russian Federation investigation grinds on. Whitaker also said the probe should not extend to the finances of Trump, his family or their business. He also said there was no evidence Russian Federation interfered in the election at all. He wrote past year on CNN.com that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should limit the scope of Mueller's investigation to stop him from delving into Trump's finances.

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Several Republican senators, including the newly elected Mitt Romney, a former presidential candidate, said that the investigation led by Robert Mueller must be allowed to reach its conclusion.

Whitaker, who served as departed Attorney General Jeff Sessions' chief of staff, took over control of the Mueller probe from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Plans are for a protest to be held at 5 p.m.in front of the USA consulate at 1075 West Pender St.

Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law professor at Harvard University, said Trump's replacement of Sessions with Whitaker was arguably an impeachable offense in itself.

"Well I don't know why he'd be recused". The "independent DOJ" theme is meant to weaken President Trump and succeeding Republican presidents, and Mueller's Switch Project represents an institutionalization of Barack Obama's Department of Justice, in permanent opposition to the president whom the American people elected.

Trump had repeatedly criticized Sessions for recusing himself from any investigation into potential Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) faced a seemingly uncomfortable moment on Fox News Thursday when confronted with his past remarks claiming there would be "holy hell to pay" if Jeff Sessions was sacked.

Mr Trump has vehemently denied any collusion took place, and repeatedly called for the inquiry to be shut down, calling it "the greatest political witch hunt in history".

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