Activists call for nationwide protests to protect Mueller investigation

The president replaced the long-embattled Sessions with former United States attorney Matthew Whitaker, a hardline loyalist who has publicly railed against Mueller and the Russian Federation probe.

Trump's ouster of Sessions and appointment of Whitaker triggered concerns among lawmakers that the president planned to undermine Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and any collusion between Moscow and Trump's campaign.

At week's end, Matthew Whitaker's future at the helm of the Justice Department appeared uncertain at best as President Donald Trump denied even knowing the man.

"I don't know Matt Whitaker", Trump told reporters at the White House before leaving on a trip to France. And he was always extremely highly thought of and he still is.

In fact, Trump has met with his hand-picked appointee more than a dozen times.

Within a few months of issuing the subpoena to Whitaker, the FTC began settlement discussions with World Patent Marketing and its chief executive, Scott Cooper.

"Matt Whitaker is a great guy".

A Republican party loyalist who was Sessions' chief of staff, Whitaker has also publicly questioned the probe.

"Luckily I've still got the box I was born in", he said. "I want to get the elections over". "If that doesn't happen, we will see what happens down the road".

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) reiterated what his fellow senator said about Whitaker in his own statement.

Whitaker himself stayed out of the public debate Friday. Those TV appearances included one on CNN in which Whitaker suggested that the Mueller probe could be starved of resources. "It's a shame that no matter who I put in, they go after them". "You'd have absolutely nobody left".

'It's someone who has a relationship with one of the important witnesses in the investigation, ' he said, referencing Whitaker's role running the Senate campaign of Sam Clovis, a Trump campaign official who was interviewed by Mueller's team.

The Republicans won 51 of those, 43 were taken by the Democrats and two others belong to other parties.

Nadler said House Democrats would ask Whitaker about "his expressed hostility to the investigation" and "how he can possibly supervise it when he's expressed, when he's come out and said that the investigation is invalid". "He worked for Attorney General Sessions".

That would include specifying that only a Senate-confirmed Justice Department official, which Whitaker is not, could dismiss the special counsel.

The move made Whitaker supervisor of the investigation, which has hung over Trump's presidency. There's no such requirement for a special counsel.

Gardner wouldn't voice support for legislation that could protect the investigation, however. The bill would give special counsels a 10-day window to seek review of a firing.

While some speculated the "46" in his Twitter handle MattWhitaker46 referred to a future run at president-Trump is the 45th USA president-it ostensibly refers to his jersey number, 46, when he played with the Iowa Hawkeyes football team from 1989 to 1982.

Anything over 7 percent is considered gerrymandering strong enough to "to entrench the majority", according to a formula used, in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, to argue that Wisconsin's district were unfair. "He was a really distinguished US attorney in Iowa".

  • Jon Douglas