Trump on new acting AG: 'I don't know Matt Whitaker'

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When posting the joint letter on Twitter, Maura Healey, Attorney General of MA, said that Whitaker's "hostility to the Special Councel's investigation disqualifies him from overseeing Robort Muller".

Activists gathered on short notice Thursday across the suburbs and the nation to protest the forced resignation of former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and decry the effects they fear his ouster could have on the investigation into Russian election meddling.

All this comes as his acting attorney general assumes control of the probe, but Democrats are calling on Whitaker to recuse himself because of his past comments about the investigation. The ACLU wrote in a statement, "Jeff Sessions was the worst attorney general in modern American history".

"Given his previous comments advocating defunding and imposing limitations on the Mueller investigation, Mr. Whitaker should recuse himself from its oversight for the duration of his time as acting attorney general", Schumer tweeted Wednesday afternoon.

The first was, we have heard leading Democrats, and now many people around the country today, saying Whitaker has to recuse himself because he has clearly expressed he's already made up his mind about Mueller's investigation. In this position, Whitaker would have authority over many decisions in the future of Mueller's investigation.

Mueller's probe looks to establish whether Trump or his campaign actively colluded with them to steal the White House.

Trump also verbally attacked a female reporter when she asked him if he wanted Whitaker to "rein in" Mueller.

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"Matt Whitaker is a very smart man, he is a very respected man in the law enforcement community, top of the line", Trump said.

Boone said Graham's defense of Trump is "a far cry" from his 2017 promises.

About 400 convened Thursday along the Riverwalk in Naperville to rally in support of the continuation of the probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

"People want to see the rule of law preserved and they [local protestors] want to emphasize that nobody is above that, not the president, not anybody", Forsythe said.

"We care about our democracy", Robinson said.

Still, the President praised Whitaker as "very highly thought of" and said that Whitaker is only taking heat because "anybody that works for me, they do a number on him". Organizers say the naming of Whitaker as acting attorney general is a "deliberate attempt to obstruct the special counsel's investigation". He said it did not take a lawyer or former federal prosecutor to recognize that any inquiry into Trump's finances "falls completely outside of the realm of his 2016 campaign and allegations that the campaign coordinated with the Russian government or anyone else". Trump said a permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.

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