San Diegans join protests demanding protections for Mueller probe

Matthew Whitaker is replacing his former boss Jeff Sessions

The Saturday Night Massacre refers to an incident in 1973 when President Nixon ordered his attorney general and deputy attorney general to fire independent special prosecutor Archibald Cox, who was investigating the Watergate scandal.

Nobody Is Above The Law said it had been preparing "rapid response" protests, just in case of a major development in the investigation.

Whitaker was virtually unknown to Sessions before becoming his chief of staff.

The rushed appointment "is unconstitutional".

The AP reported that the resignation "was the culmination of a toxic relationship" between Sessions and Trump based on a few factors, but largely Session's having recused himself from dealing with Mueller's probe.

She said she would not move to impeach Mr Trump unless at least some Republicans were on board. "He said it should be shut down".

MoveOn is also heading a petition asking legislatures to protect the investigation, which had reached more than 475,000 signatures as of Thursday evening.

"The whole issue of presidential harassment is interesting", McConnell told reporters, when asked what Senate Republicans would do if Democrats attempted to obtain Trump's tax return.

But if anything, the election aftermath has featured even hotter controversy than before, whether over Mueller or Trump's other favorite bugbear - the media.

Whitaker has made it known that he is hostile to the probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians and the president obstructed justice. The other one was, reportedly, vice president.

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The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

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.

"I feel he (Trump) is the bully in the china shop and we are the china", Sheaffer said.

"They can play that game but we can play it better, because we have a thing called the United States Senate", the president said.

Donald Trump has installed a crony to oversee the special counsel's Trump-Russia investigation, crossing a red line set to protect the investigation.

DONALD TRUMP JR: Could the US President's son be the biggest scalp claimed by Robert Mueller? 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.

Those actions could involve seeking new indictments from a grand jury or a subpoena forcing Trump to sit for an interview. Whitaker reportedly does not plan to recuse himself.

In the past, he has shown distinct skepticism about the probe, calling for its scope to be curtailed.

When Democrats assume control of House committees next year, they will direct everything from the subject matter of investigations to the timing and substance of committee hearings.

Ethics officials at the Justice Department are likely to review his past work to see if he has any financial or personal conflicts.

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