Jeff Classes' departure results in questions on Russian Federation probe's future

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Yesterday President Trump insisted to the press: "I don't know Matt Whitaker". The protesters gathered to express their dissatisfaction with the appointment of Matthew Whitaker - who has expressed criticisms of the Russian Federation probe - as Acting Attorney General.

Definitely what an innocent president who isn't obstructing justice would say in that situation.

"He looks like the kind of guy who sits at the head of a table", a source familiar with the matter said of Whitaker.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., wrote a pointed letter to the president asking whether he discussed the special counsel's probe with Whitaker prior to his appointment this week and whether Trump sought or received a pledge of loyalty from Whitaker.

Acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker was interviewed for a role on U.S. President Donald Trump's legal team in 2017, it has been reported.

Whitaker's selection has roiled Democrats, who believe he could undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible links between the Trump election campaign and Moscow.

"I didn't speak to Matt Whitaker about it".

"I could fire everybody right now, but I don't want to stop it because politically I don't like stopping it", Trump told a White House news conference.

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Twitter was quick to point out that maybe Trump didn't attend because he's not very good with an umbrella. David Frum, once a speechwriter for President George W.

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The Republicans performed well in the deep red states where Trump rigorously campaigned to secure their voter base. Trump called House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi to congratulate her on the Democratic takeover in the House.

The rally in Champaign was one of more than 900 protests against Trump's actions across the U.S. They were supported by both Indivisible and MoveOn, another progressive advocacy group frequently critical of the president and the Republican Party.

Brenna Bird, a county prosecutor in Iowa who worked at Whitaker's former law firm, said Whitaker, along with Sessions, briefed the president "several times" and that Whitaker has gained Trump's trust.

"It's very significant because Whitaker's position on indictments or future indictments may be different than Rosenstein's, and Rosenstein had given Mueller a broad mandate to pursue various crimes", said Washington criminal defense lawyer Jeffrey Jacobovitz. He declined to comment on his discussions with White House officials about his ouster.

Whitaker's appointment came Wednesday, shortly after Trump forced out Sessions after months of complaining about the attorney general's decision, just weeks into taking office, to recuse himself from oversight of the Russian Federation probe.

Thanking Sessions for his service, Romney said that it was "imperative that the important work of the Justice Department continues, and that the Mueller investigation proceeds to its conclusion unimpeded".

Given that history, Sessions' forced departure raises alarms that Trump might make good on his threat this summer to "get involved" if the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation didn't "straighten out properly".

Leonard Leo, the executive vice president of the Federalist Society, said he recommended Whitaker for that post. He was chosen by Jeff Sessions to be his Chief of Staff. "Jeff Sessions needed a reliable conservative, a strong manager, and someone who had credibility who had previously served the department".

In radio and television interviews past year, Whitaker repeatedly supported Trump's "illegal witch hunt" charge against the investigation.

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