Future seems uncertain for Trump's acting attorney general

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"As Acting Attorney General, Matt Whitaker is a steady hand that will provide good leadership and judgment, and will ensure that the United States Department of Justice upholds the highest standards of the rule of law".

The Senate's top Republican is predicting a permanent replacement could be named soon for Whitaker, who's now overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible ties between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

On Sunday, top Democrats in the House and Senate sent a letter to the DOJ's chief ethics officer highlighting Whitaker's many negative comments about the Mueller probe and outlining reasons he should immediately recuse himself from overseeing it.

"I look forward to working with Matt Whitaker as he takes the helm of the Justice Department". Also, Whitaker reportedly was in regular contact with Trump while serving as Sessions' chief of staff before being promoted.

"I think this will be a very interim AG", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said of the replacement for Jeff Sessions, who resigned on Wednesday after months of criticism from the president.

The myriad questions surrounding Whitaker's independence prompted DOJ veterans and constitutional law experts to lay the groundwork for a legal argument saying Mueller could challenge Whitaker's appointment if he overruled a decision by Mueller.

As long as Republicans have controlled both houses of Congress, Democrats have been hampered in pursuing any significant probes of Trump and his administration, and he made it clear he expects the Senate to follow that course.

Nadler called Whitaker "a complete political lackey" who is 'a real threat to the integrity of that investigation'.

On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the FBI had opened a criminal investigation into World Patent Marketing, publishing an email that one victim of the company had received from a victim specialist for the bureau. A Justice Department spokeswoman told the Journal that Whitaker was "not aware of any fraudulent activity".

Prior to working at the Justice Department, Mr Whitaker made multiple negative comments about Mr Mueller's investigation and its scope. Some lawyers say it is illegal because he has not been confirmed by the Senate.

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At the same time, Mr Trump appeared to distance himself slightly from Mr Whitaker.

Whitaker is a UI alum and former Hawkeye football player, playing in the 1991 Rose Bowl. They were not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations and spoke on condition of anonymity.

American citizens in Vancouver are planning a protest Thursday following the firing by U.S. President Donald Trump of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. I don't know a single prosecutor that does not and Mueller's jurisdictional boundaries were set by Rod Rosenstein in the memo that you have seen. He also told the network that he could envision a scenario where Sessions is replaced with an attorney general who "reduces [Mueller's] budget so low that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt".

"It's not going to come up because it isn't necessary", the Kentucky Republican told reporters.

"I don't understand how Mr. Trump could replace me", said Sessions about his departure.

LOYALIST: Former Sessions chief of staff Matt Whitaker has taken over oversight of the Russian Federation probe.

USA progressive groups will stage hundreds of protests nationwide on Thursday to demand that President Donald Trump do nothing to hinder an ongoing investigation into Russian meddling to help him win the 2016 US election.

"The facts for recusal are very strong here", said Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California who's expected to lead the House Intelligence Committee. "That also happens to be my view".

Mueller then gave Sessions a piece of toilet paper from the bottom of Trump's shoe, which Sessions then put in his pocket.