"The president's entitled to an attorney general he has faith in, somebody that's qualified for the job, and I think there will come a time, sooner rather than later, where it will be time to have a new face and a fresh voice at the Department of Justice", Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, who may be in line to head the Judiciary Committee next year, told reporters in August. "It's not ok for someone to break the law and be above the law". More than 20,000 people RSVP'd for the Manhattan march. For example, one regulation-the same one that ultimately led Sessions to recuse himself-specifically prohibits Justice Department employees from participating in any criminal investigation where they have "a personal or political relationship" with any person or organization that is "substantially involved" with the subject of the investigation or could be "directly affected" by its outcome.
In Bloomington, many protesters held cardboard signs reading "Nobody Is Above the Law", "Protect Mueller Protect Democracy" and other statements in support of the Mueller probe. Trump defended the ban by saying: "This is a very sacred place".
Whitaker has spoken critically about the Mueller probe and spoke in a TV interview about choking off its funding. The groups were prepared to quickly organize a rally in the event that Mueller's investigation seemed at risk.
Mueller's probe looks to establish whether Trump or his campaign actively colluded with them to steal the White House. They include his former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, and his former lawyer, Michael Cohen.
"It should end because it's very bad for our country", he said.More news: United States service member killed in 'apparent insider attack' in Afghanistan
In an op-ed in August previous year 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". Whitaker is poised to take over the Russian Federation investigation, a probe he has criticized in the past.
Whitaker could also keep the president closely informed about the probe. Trump said this week a permanent replacement will be nominated at "a later date". So because of those conflicts, they didn't want to bring him before the Senate, ' Trump said.
"You would always take that meeting".
Democrats have warned that Whitaker, a Trump loyalist and vocal critic of the probe, may fire Mueller, but he has many other ways to hamper, or even freeze, the investigation.
"There are certainly ways short of firing Mueller to influence the investigation", Cramer said. Before joining the Justice Department, Whitaker was openly critical of the Mueller investigation.
"To those who worry about the Mueller investigation, you need not worry". Or by people who have nothing to do with the Russian Federation investigation, said Ohlin. "Worth a read", he tweeted.
During a brief stint a year ago as a conservative legal commentator on CNN, Whitaker often appeared as a Trump defender, saying he saw no evidence the president colluded with Russians during the 2016 campaign or obstructed justice. "That's where the left seems to be combining those two issues".