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Christie reportedly being considered to replace Sessions as attorney general

Christie reportedly being considered to replace Sessions as attorney general

In an op-ed in August a year ago he publicly urged Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein - who oversees the probe - to "limit the scope of his investigation to the four corners of the order appointing him special counsel".

Responsibility for the probe was then passed to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Mueller is investigating Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election and any collusion by Trump's campaign.

King, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, pointed to the passage of a bill supporting Mueller's investigation as the most important action in the wake of the Sessions dismissal, but didn't offer any more specifics about what should be done. Trump has denied his campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

"I thought we had made progress", Wilson said. Mueller's team also has been pressing for an interview with Trump. And the department is expected to receive a confidential report of Mueller's findings, though it's unclear how much will be public. He previously wrote an opinion piece for CNN entitled "Mueller's investigation of Trump is going too far" that said Trump's personal finances should be considered off-limits.

US President Donald Trump's decision to oust Attorney General Jeff Sessions and replace him with a noted critic of Special Counsel Robert Mueller raised immediate fears among Democrats about the future of Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Mr Sessions removed himself from the probe after Democrats accused him of failing to disclose contacts he had had with the Russian ambassador as a senior adviser to Mr Trump's campaign.

The possibility that Sessions was sacked could open Whitaker's appointment to court challenge by a range of people, including Mueller, impacted by his actions.

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At a protest in support of Mueller outside the White House, a crowd of several hundred protesters shouted anti-Trump slogans. He has twice failed in bids for statewide elected office, most recently losing the 2014 GOP primary for the U.S. Senate to now-Sen.

"He wants a political crony to protect him from the investigation of his own campaign", she said.

Rep. Jerry Nadler demanded an explanation immediately after the announcement.

Early indications are that Whitaker has no intention of recusing himself from oversight over the Mueller probe, thereby shifting oversight away from the controversial Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

"The chances of Mueller being interfered with goes up dramatically" with Whitaker's appointment, he said.

He had also pressed to reauthorize a controversial secret domestic spying program over the Justice Department's protests. Whitaker did, however, believe that Sessions had no choice but to recuse himself from the matter, the person said. He'll likely be remembered as the worst Attorney General in American history.

David Bosel, a retired political scientist, described Trump's attempts to scupper the Mueller investigation as "dictatorial" and accused most Republicans in Congress of helping Trump tilt the United States towards "fascism". Justice Department officials said his taking over for his boss was, at the very least, "awkward", because chiefs of staff typically leave with the attorney general.

White House emphasizes continuity and not disruption with Sessions' resignation. He did not respond when asked why he was there.