Biggest concern after AG Jeff Sessions' dismissal is the Russian Federation investigation

Fears for Russia probe as Trump fires Jeff Sessions

The attorneys general from OR and Washington have joined 16 of their Democratic colleagues in calling for Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into contacts between President Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that "Trump has told advisers that Whitaker is loyal and would not have recused himself from the investigation, current and former White House officials said".

Crowds also turned out at the White House and in Greensboro, North Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Las Vegas and many other places.

In Chicago, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin joined several hundred protesters at Federal Plaza.

While calling on Whitaker to recuse himself from the probe, Galland also said that "Congress must immediately move to protect the independence of Special Counsel Mueller and put in protections that prevent Trump from firing him or undercutting his investigation or having his new acting attorney general or eventual replacement obstruct Mueller's work".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had been overseeing the investigation, but Sessions' sudden ouster Wednesday means that baton passes to Whitaker.

New York Democrat Jerrold Nadler, the incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said it was "way too early" to discuss that step. Their chants said "Hey hey, ho ho, Whitaker has got to go", or "This is what democracy looks like".

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"We're here because Trump replaced Sessions and installed someone who will do his bidding, who has voiced his hostility to the Bob Mueller investigation", said Mary Melancon, 75, of Tampa.

"When this happened yesterday, people started mobilizing very quickly", said Margaret Foley, the communications director for Nasty Women Get Shit Done PDX. The president then appointed Sessions' chief of staff, Matt Whitaker, to run the Justice Department on an interim basis.

"The whole issue of presidential harassment is interesting", McConnell told reporters, when asked what Senate Republicans would do if Democrats attempted to obtain Trump's tax return.

Spats between Trump and journalists can sometimes seem circus-like, but critics say the president's hot temper illustrates his deeper disdain for Washington norms - and allegedly for the rule of law. The former USA senator from Alabama was once one of the president's most loyal and trusted advisers before infuriating Trump over his recusal from the Russian Federation investigation. But Trump has long sought greater visibility into the probe.

A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment.

That drew criticism from Democrats in Congress 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. According to the department's most recent report, $10 million was spent from October 1, 2017, through March 31.

The rest reflects spending by Justice Department components in support of his investigation. Serving as a special counsel does not require Senate confirmation by statute. A protest to protect the Mueller investigation is held on Boston Common, across from the State House.

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