Saturday, 17 November, 2018

What the acting attorney general thinks of the Mueller probe

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Andrew Cummings | 10 November, 2018, 03:57

The two people close to Whitaker also said they strongly believe he would not approve any request from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to subpoena the president.

American citizens in Vancouver are planning a protest Thursday following the firing by U.S. President Donald Trump of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Some experts are raising questions about the legality of putting Whitaker in charge rather than Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who had been overseeing the Russian Federation probe.

Of the scrutiny Whitaker is facing, Trump said: "It's a shame that no matter who I put in they go after".

Several of Stone's associates have been subpoenaed by a grand jury in recent months, as part of Mueller's probe into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

Schumer and other leading Democrats were joined in their call for an unhampered probe by Republican Mitt Romney, a former presidential candidate and frequent Trump critic who won a US Senate seat in Tuesday's midterm. Justice Department officials said his taking over for his boss was, at the very least, "awkward", because chiefs of staff typically leave with the attorney general. His spokesman said on Thursday that McConnell has no further comment on the legislation.

Whitaker has his supporters too, including a USA senator from Iowa, Joni Ernst. "In my role as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I look forward to meeting with acting Attorney General Whitaker soon and have confidence he will do a professional job in this position". The president claimed on Twitter that the investigation into obstruction of justice was "an illegal scam" and declared in a July 29 Twitter post and elsewhere, "There is no collusion!"

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He said the fast-moving flames forced fire crews to shelter people at a Walgreens and other locations until flames passed through. Murphy says firefighters were able to stop the fire at the edge of the city, where evacuation orders remained in place.

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Trump has repeatedly criticized Sessions for that decision, and the Attorney General's dismissal has been expected for a long time.

"I just don't understand it because why invite this kind of criticism or scrutiny which you knew it was going to come because of the comments he's made earlier", said Gonzales.

But as special counsel, Mueller didn't require Senate confirmation.

Bipartisan bills to protect Mueller from politically motivated removal have been introduced in the House and Senate.

In a cosigned letter, the attorneys general said that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe "must proceed free from interference". Look for Whitaker to reduce Mueller's operating budget, pull lawyers and investigators now working on Mueller's team back to DOJ, refuse to authorize grand jury subpoenas or indictments, and/or push Mueller to wrap up the probe as soon as possible.

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