Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Protests Called Against Trump’s Acting Attorney General

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US Representative Earl Blumenauer, of OR, called the move a "major step forward for marijuana reform", also noting that US Representative Pete Sessions, of Texas, who has obstructed votes on marijuana-related legislation as chair of the House Rules Committee, was defeated in Tuesday's midterm elections.

These protests are a result of the public concern surrounding the man temporarily replacing Sessions, Matthew Whitaker, who publicly claimed Robert Mueller and the Russian interference case were overstepping.

Mueller is said to be in the process of writing his "final report", which is sure to be incredibly hostile to the Trump administration and people close to the president.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned at the request of President Donald Trump, according to a letter delivered to the White House, after becoming a target of the president's open contempt for ceding control of the Russian Federation investigation.

The Justice Department has declined to answer whether ethics officials have been asked to review if Whitaker should recuse himself from the Mueller probe.

Sessions, 71, said in an undated letter to Trump: "At your request, I am submitting my resignation".

In July 2017, he said during an interview on CNN that he could envision a scenario under which a temporary attorney general doesn't fire Mueller but rather "just reduces his budget to so low that his investigations grinds to nearly a halt".

Recent acting and permanent attorneys general have been longtime government lawyers or high-ranking politicians with more experience navigating Washington than Whitaker.

In this April 24, 2014, file photo, then-Iowa Republican senatorial candidate and former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker watches before a live televised debate in Johnston, Iowa.

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He also said on CNN a year ago that he could see a scenario in which Sessions' replacement doesn't fire Mueller but "just reduces his budget to so low that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt".

The Republican Party loyalist wrote an opinion piece for CNN in August 2017 that argued Mueller had too much latitude in his investigation.

He also said the line of succession within the Justice Department does not include the chief of staff and the fact that someone in that position would be made acting attorney general is "very odd". Nobody Is Above The Law said it wants Whitaker to recuse himself from supervising the investigation.

That drew criticism from Democrats because Whitaker, who would now take over responsibility for overseeing Mueller and his investigation, has been critical of the Mueller probe, saying it should be scaled back.

"It is impossible to read Attorney General Sessions' firing as anything other than another blatant attempt by @realDonaldTrump to undermine and end Special Counsel Mueller's investigation", Ms Pelosi - a front-runner to become speaker of the House of Representatives following this week's mid-terms - tweeted.

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".

Whitaker has always been involved in Republican Party politics.

By Thursday morning, more than 1,000 people said on a Facebook page for the event that they planned to attend, and more than 3,200 said they were interested.

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