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"So I could see a scenario where Jeff Sessions is replaced with a recess appointment and that attorney general doesn't fire Bob Mueller, but he just reduces his budget to so low that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt", Whitaker said during an interview with CNN in July 2017.
Whitaker has given no signs he plans to step back from the probe, saying he is "committed to leading a fair department with the highest ethical standards, that upholds the rule of law, and seeks justice for all Americans". He added that it had "been a privilege" to work under Sessions. "He is a man of integrity who has served this nation well".
The Mueller investigation is looking into alleged foreign government efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and includes possible links between Trump's campaign and the Russian government.
But a Justice Department spokesperson said Wednesday that Whitaker is now "in charge of all matters under the purview of the Department of Justice", which presumably would include the Russian Federation probe.
Whitaker has not been a fan.
It wasn't clear immediately why Trump chose the hours after midterm results to fire Sessions. The president's lawyers have argued he has vast privilege under the Constitution to hire or dismiss almost anyone within the executive branch. And since Sessions technically resigned instead of forcing the White House to fire him, he opened the door under federal law to allowing the president to choose his successor instead of simply elevating Rosenstein, said University of Texas law professor Stephen Vladeck. "But I don't want to stop it because politically, I don't like stopping it".
Other protests against Trump in Vancouver have drawn crowds in the thousands.
Asked if that would be to dwindle the special counsel's resources, Whitaker responded, "Right".
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Bondi's spokesman declined to say whether she is under consideration for the top Justice Department job.
"For me, I saw the impact of marijuana on our border", he said, presumably referring to his time as a USA attorney.
"The chances of Mueller being interfered with goes up dramatically" with Whitaker's appointment, he said. Democrats cited his past comments about Mueller as evidence that he too must recuse. He has previously suggested drastically reducing the budget of Mueller's special counsel probe, in order to thwart Mueller's threat to the president's constitutional mandate. The Trump administration is going to be investigated over Russian Federation, taxes, voter ID laws, any aspect of this White House the Left hates was going to be put under the microscope now that Democrats have retaken the House.
Whitaker is a former USA district attorney and Division I football player who has been a longtime supporter of Trump and his allies. But Mr Sessions's replacement will have the power to do so, or end the inquiry. He is from Des Moines and attended the University of Iowa where he played football.
He ran for Iowa state treasurer in 2002, years before making his failed 2014 U.S. Senate. But, he countered that executive terminations are open to Senate oversight. He later lost in the 2014 Senate race as well.
Clovis was also listed an unnamed "campaign supervisor" in the indictment of former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, according to The Washington Post. If they had a secular worldview, he said that would make him "very concerned about how they judge".
Though the call-to-action was quick, the organization had been building an arsenal of demonstrators for the possibility of Trump ending the investigation for a year.