Whitaker’s recusal from Mueller’s Russian Federation investigation requested by 18 state AGs

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned, ending a soured tenure with President Donald Trump who has severally pushed for Mr Sessions' resignation over Russian probe.

Sessions was replaced Wednesday by interim Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.

That duty has belonged to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller and closely monitors his work. "That's why Cabinet Secretaries have Deputies". However, reports indicate that it seems that Mueller may be able to show that Trump Jr. perjured himself when he made that statement and that now President Trump did, in fact, know about the meeting prior to it taking place.

The special counsel's team has been investigating Stone's connection to WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign and whether he had advance knowledge of the group's plans to release hacked material damaging to Democrat Hillary Clinton.

In July 2017, he said during an interview on CNN that he could envision a scenario under which a temporary attorney general doesn't fire Mueller but rather "just reduces his budget to so low that his investigations grinds to nearly a halt". It culminated in the White House later banning a CNN reporter who questioned the President aggressively on why he insisted on calling a migrant caravan that is hundreds of miles from the U.S. border an 'invasion'.

But Mitt Romney, the party's 2012 presidential nominee who was elected on Tuesday to the U.S. Senate from Utah, warned that Mueller's probe should not be affected by Sessions' departure.

Critics worry that Whitaker may be unlikely or unwilling to defend the Department of Justice's independence against political interference by the White House, given his history of partisanship and loyalty to Trump. He was ostensibly fired the day after the midterm elections by President Trump.

In a shocking special election, Sessions was replaced by Democrat Doug Jones past year, after the Republican candidate, former Alabama Judge Roy Moore, was publicly disgraced when allegations surfaced that he molested teenage girls when he was in his thirties.

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The broadsides escalated in recent months, with Trump telling a television interviewer that Sessions "had never had control" of the Justice Department and snidely accusing him on Twitter of not protecting Republican interests by allowing two GOP congressmen to be indicted before the election.

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

In an effort to raise Hell about the forced resignation of Jeff Sessions and what it might mean for the Mueller investigation, Boston is joining nationwide protests Thursday with a 5 p.m. rally on Boston Common. Sessions and President Trump have had a contentious relationship nearly from the start of the administration, and the attorney general's reluctance to crack down on legal cannabis states could theoretically be attributed, in part, to that dynamic.

"The video is clear, he did", she said.

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

But Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley praised Whitaker.

Bondi's spokesman declined to say whether she is under consideration for the top Justice Department job. A permanent replacement will be named at a later point, a second tweet from the president said.

An ever-more exasperated Trump ordered him to give up the mic and Acosta refused, with Trump branding him an "enemy of the people" and a "rude, bad person".