Can the new USA attorney general shut down the Mueller probe?


Protests in at least 900 cities nationwide, aimed at protecting Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, are planned for Thursday. He said there was no evidence of collusion.

Sessions, a 71-year-old former Republican senator from Alabama, was the first senator to endorse Trump's insurgent presidential campaign.

Although Trump maintained that the mid-term results were a vindication of his policies and claimed (correctly) that Republicans had lost less seats (around 35) in the House defeat than previous Democratic Presidents such as Obama and Clinton (who lost 50-60), the rage with which he went about attacking others, including Republicans who had parted ways with him, suggested he had taken the verdict badly.

Under the special counsel regulations, the attorney general must notify the leaders of congressional judiciary committees of any time he rejected a proposed action by Mueller because he deemed it "inappropriate or unwarranted" under department policy. Or by people who have nothing to do with the Russian Federation investigation, said Ohlin.

"Under acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, it is imperative that the important work of the justice department continues, and that the Mueller investigation proceed to its conclusion unimpeded", Romney said on Twitter.

A day after Attorney General Jeff Sessions' forced resignation, independent U.S. Sen.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has been overseeing the Mueller investigation since Sessions recused himself from the investigation past year due of his involvement in Trump's campaign.

Mitt Romney, the Republican Party's 2012 presidential nominee who won the Utah race on Tuesday to become a U.S. senator, also said Mueller's probe should not be affected by Sessions' dismissal.

President Trump fired Jeff Sessions from his attorney general post yesterday.

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"Sessions did not do the thing he could have done to better protect Rosenstein, and through Rosenstein, the Mueller investigation", Vladeck said. Trump said Wednesday that he did not plan to stop the investigation.

On Thursday, the Acosta incident entered even more weird territory when the White House was accused of tweeting a video doctored to make the reporter appear more aggressive in fending off the female press aide who tried to remove his mic.

Whitaker has made it known that he is hostile to the probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians and the president obstructed justice.

"The president is entitled to an attorney general he has faith in", he said.

Jerry Role, a retired Department of Justice staffer told Al Jazeera that Trump's actions this week threatened the integrity of United States democracy.

Trump's relentless attacks on Sessions came even though the Alabama Republican was the first US senator to endorse Trump and despite the fact his crime-fighting agenda and priorities, particularly his hawkish immigration enforcement policies, largely mirrored the president's. Another person said that remained true ever after Whitaker took his place.

He bolstered the agenda of Trump's evangelical supporters with new rules letting employers opt out of providing health insurance that covers birth control and paving the way for religious businesses and employees to discriminate based on their closely held beliefs.

-With assistance from Steven T. Dennis.

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