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Trump under fire for firing Sessions

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New Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, whose appointment means he will supervise special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, has a personal tie to one of the witnesses in the probe: Whitaker was the campaign chairman for Sam Clovis in 2014 when Clovis ran for state treasurer in Iowa.

The group Nobody Is Above The Law said on its website that the protests are planned in cities across the U.S.at 5 p.m. local time Thursday, and added that Trump "crossed a red line".

The White House is bracing for the probe of Donald Trump's presidential campaign to fire up again.

The midterm elections saw the Democrats win control of the lower house of Congress for the first time in eight years, meaning that from January onwards Trump will finally face an opposition that has teeth.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that he doesn't think there is "any chance that the Mueller investigation will not be allowed to finish", after Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker took charge of the investigation on Wednesday.

Before joining the Justice Department, Whitaker was openly critical of the Mueller investigation.

People in North Alabama will join others nationwide on Thursday to protest former Attorney General Jeff Sessions' forced resignation. Sessions had endured months of public abuse from Trump, who soured on Sessions because he recused himself from oversight of the Russian Federation investigation shortly after he arrived at the Justice Department.

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.

Rosenstein has several severe conflicts of interest when it comes to the Mueller probe and the Obama administration's "spygate" efforts against President Trump and his associates.

On Thursday, the Acosta incident entered even more freakish territory when the White House was accused of tweeting a video doctored to make the reporter appear more aggressive in fending off the female press aide who tried to remove his mic.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) once vowed that there would be "holy hell to pay" if President Donald Trump ever fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

"Essentially we need to shame him into acting in compliance with the law", she said.

He questioned Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein's ability to give Mueller such wide latitude and wanted to explore the bounds of what Mueller was examining, though Rosenstein kept Session's office "walled off" from the matter, this person said.

Gonzales resigned as attorney general under a cloud of controversy and amid accusations that the Justice Department has been used for political purposes.

He has also written that he believes the Mueller probe has gone too far and that Trump's finances should be off limits to the special counsel.

That left Rosenstein overseeing the investigation, and he named Mueller as special counsel.

After recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe, the staunchly conservative Sessions spent his time ramping up efforts to combat violent gangs, drug use and illegal immigration - all key components of Trump's law-and-order agenda.

Sessions clashed, though, with Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, resisting his proposals to overhaul the criminal justice system and standing by his hard-line approach to imprisonment and sentencing.



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