NYC Protesters Join Call for Acting AG to Leave Russia Probe Alone

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Fears for Russia probe as Trump fires Jeff Sessions

The court's order directed each party in the case to file briefs by Nov. 19 outlining, "what, if any effect, the November 7, 2018 designation of an Acting Attorney General different from the official who appointed Special Counsel Mueller has on this case".

"This only comes up because anybody who works for me, they automatically do a number on", he said.

But Heide Moore, of Cottonwood, said she wasn't surprised at the turnout.

On Wednesday, Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions, raising the possibility that Sessions' replacement - Matthew Whitaker - could seek to curtail Mueller's investigation.

But a flurry of activity during his quiet period, including weeks of grand jury testimony about Trump confidant Roger Stone and negotiations over an interview with the president, hinted at public developments ahead as investigators move closer to addressing key questions underpinning the special counsel inquiry: Did Trump illegally obstruct the investigation? But the end result was, by any measure, a foregone conclusion.

About 400 convened Thursday along the Riverwalk in Naperville to rally in support of the continuation of the probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Sessions became the first casualty of a cabinet shakeup that had been expected from Trump following the midterm elections on Tuesday. Trump has gone a step further in attempt to sidestep the law.

Those concerns are now focused on the future of the Mueller probe, which began as a look into alleged links with Russians seeking to disrupt the election and expanded into an investigation of billionaire Trump's murky finances, including his business ties to Russia.

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"I haven't even thought about it", Trump said. Lindsey Graham's Rock Hill office to protest the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

"Trump's whole administration lying and covering up - it's corrupt", Schmidt said.

Whitaker wrote an op-ed for CNN previous year that Trump is "absolutely correct" to say that Mueller would be going too far if he were to investigate the president's family finances.

In a statement Thursday, the Republican said Whitaker is a "steady hand that will provide good leadership and judgment, and will ensure that the United States Department of Justice upholds the highest standards of the rule of law".

But there has also been speculation Trump could try to kill or suppress the 18 month-old probe, pressing his view that Mueller leads a team staffed by Democrats operating under an illegal mandate.

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".

Some legal analysts say that choice may be illegal because unlike Rosenstein, Whitaker had not been confirmed for his job by the Senate. Shortly after, the White House took the extremely rare measure of revoking Acosta's press pass.

Whitaker, 49, was Sessions' chief of staff since September 2017 and served as the US Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa from 2004 to 2009, CBS reported.

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