Democrats seek hearings on Trump's ouster of Sessions

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In downtown San Diego, several hundred protesters gathered Thursday night outside the federal courthouse, many with signs demanding that acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker recuse himself from overseeing Mueller's investigation and protect the special counsel's independence.

Beverly Hadden, of Cottonwood, said this was part of a nationwide protest coordinated to take place Thursday at 5 p.m.

Jeff Sessions resigned as the United State's chief law enforcement officer after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks from President Donald Trump over his recusal from the Russian Federation investigation.

Speaking to reporters in his home state, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also predicted that Matthew Whitaker's stint as acting attorney general will be short.

"I think it is a no-brainer", he said. "Matt Whitaker has a great reputation and that's what I wanted". "He worked for Attorney General Sessions".

"When Trump complained about the Mueller investigation, Whitaker often smiled knowingly and nodded in assent, the official said". And shortly before ousting his chief White House strategist Steve Bannon, who also helmed his campaign, Trump maintained Bannon "came on very late".

Mueller was named special counsel by Rosenstein after Sessions recused himself from the probe.

Thanking Sessions for his service, Romney said that it was "imperative that the important work of the Justice Department continues, and that the Mueller investigation proceeds to its conclusion unimpeded".

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The protest was part of the nationally organized "Nobody is Above the Law" movement, which vowed to hold protests nationwide if President Donald Trump took any steps that could jeopardize special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. He called Trump's recent actions "a rerun of the 'Saturday Night Massacre, ' " a reference to the October 20, 1973 resignations of the attorney general and deputy attorney general after each refused an order by President Richard Nixon to fire Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox.

"I could fire everybody right now, but I don't want to stop it because politically I don't like stopping it", Trump said.

It's a small but illustrative example of how the Mueller probe is likely to function, at least for the time being, in the wake of the abrupt ouster of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

They are calling for a "rapid response" to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is overseeing the investigation.

West Wing sources said they are "worried" about Trump Jr as they fear Mueller will be able to snare him on perjury.

Earlier Wednesday Trump denied he would shut down Mueller's team, but still labelled the investigation an illegal "witch hunt" that had spent "millions" of dollars.

As the Washington Post reported Thursday, people close to Whitaker do not believe he would approve Mueller seeking a subpoena of President Donald Trump.