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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigning at the request of President Donald Trump a day after the Republican's lost control of Congress fueled concerns among Democrats that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigation might be in jeopardy. Whitaker, who has been a critic of the Russia probe, now has the power to fire Mueller or curb his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Up until Wednesday, Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign had been overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller days after Trump fired former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

"Based on my experience with Matt", said John Richter, a former US Attorney in Oklahoma and high-ranking Bush administration Justice Department official, "I think he will act consistently with the best traditions of the department and call things as he sees them".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein handled the Russian Federation investigation, and in May 2017 appointed Mueller as special counsel for the investigation.

"Whitaker must recuse and Congress must act to protect the Mueller investigation", said an organizer of the march outside the White House.

"I think there are people who are hungry to show they are scared for their country", "It's one day after the election, we're all exhausted ... and I don't think the timing of the announcement from the (Trump) administration is an accident". Several hundred people gathered in South Straub Park.

He said he knows little about Whitaker, other than his portrayal as a staunch "Trump loyalist".

Whitaker, who had a stint as a legal commentator for CNN, has been vocal in his criticism of Mueller's investigation and its scope. A 2014 press release announcing Whitaker's hiring said the pair became "great friends" during Clovis' US Senate bid that preceded his run for state treasurer. Lindsey Graham's Rock Hill office to protest the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

"I didn't speak to Matt Whitaker about it".

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Whitaker was not hired as Sessions' chief of staff by virtue of any pre-existing relationship with Sessions, but instead because White House officials believed Whitaker's loyalties would lie at the White House and not with the beleaguered attorney general, sources said. Both refused and resigned, before Solicitor General Robert Bork, third in command at the Department of Justice, agreed to fire Cox. That appears to be coming to an end now that Whitaker has entirely taken over that role.

Still, those in Alabama touting a possible Sessions return to the Senate include Luther Strange, the Republican who temporarily replaced Sessions in the Senate past year. "We are a democracy, we are all equal under the law".

"The president decides who serves in the cabinet".

He said he had not spoken with Whitaker about Mueller's investigation, which until now has been overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Also, some of the leads developed by Mueller already have been turned over to other Justice Department units, including the US attorney in Manhattan. The groups were prepared to quickly organize a rally in the event that Mueller's investigation seemed at risk.

"President Trump has fired the attorney general".

They said Rosenstein has "ably supervised" the special counsel investigation to this point and show continue to do so.

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.

One reason Sessions endured months of taunting from Trump is that he believed he was protecting the integrity of the Justice Department and was trying to prevent the president from bringing in someone who would politicize it, according to a USA official who has worked with Sessions and frequently talked with him.