McConnell, meanwhile, said, "I think this will be a very interim AG". The latest indication of his fury came Wednesday when he forced out his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, whose recusal opened the door to Mueller's appointment. Mueller has brought charges against Trump's former campaign chairman and other campaign figures, as well as against 25 Russians and three firms accused of meddling in the campaign to help Trump win.
Trump, however, is apparently a big believer in the no-way-to-lose approach, as with his trade restrictions on China: Either Beijing renegotiates to open its markets - a win - or high costs to operate overseas prompt American companies to relocate their operations to the United States - a win, as the president believes. If the new leadership at the Justice Department didn't want to go along, however, that could constrain Mueller's ability to investigate as he sees fit. In it, he said Mueller had too much latitude in his investigation of Russian activities during the 2016 election battle and any possible collusion with Moscow by the Trump campaign.
"I don't know Matt Whitaker", Trump told reporters on the South Lawn on Friday morning, two days after he tapped Whitaker to temporarily lead the Justice Department after forcing Jeff Sessions to resign. It was not mentioned in the press release calling Thursday's demonstration, nor by speakers at the demonstrations in Washington and NY.
Most Republicans hailed Sessions and many of them hailed Whitaker. The undated letter was then sent to the White House. Whitaker, expected to temporarily oversee Mueller's investigation, has criticized the probe.
Rosenstein remains at the department and could still be involved in oversight. Protestors set up on all sides of the corner of McIntire Road, waving signs in support of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and against Trump and the appointment of Whitaker. Trump said derisively when asked about Conway's assertion.
"I wanted to give a little light", Winter said, handing out nearly all of her 40 decorative candles to the gathered protestors. Further, such a dramatic action would probably inflame not just Democrats but many congressional Republicans as well. At the time, Trump also sidestepped questions about whether he was preparing to get rid of Sessions.
When Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives in Tuesday's elections, we suggested that they should be cautious about moving toward impeachment of the president.
In Kentucky, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he expects Trump to nominate a new permanent attorney general "pretty quickly". A Justice Department spokeswoman did not respond to questions about the number of times Whitaker has met with and briefed Trump.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., acknowledged that Whitaker "has been publicly critical" of Mueller, and alleged that "this may be precisely why the President has chosen to put Whitaker in this role".
Many gathered in Staunton Thursday on the steps of the Augusta County Courthouse, reacting to what they said is a dent in the rule of law.
The Washington Post, citing "two people close to Whitaker", reported on Thursday that the new acting attorney general has no intention to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation. "Whitaker is not appropriate for the job of Attorney General".
A few members of Congress have discussed reviving proposed legislation soon that would enshrine protections for Mueller in law. Sen.