Leftists Rally at White House to Protest Trump, Protect Mueller

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An appeals court that's hearing a legal challenge to special counsel Robert Mueller's authority requested Friday that the parties involved file briefings on how the takeover of acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker - who's taking charge of the probe with the Wednesday firing of Attorney General Jeff Session - may impact the case.

More than 100 people gather at Monument Square on Thursday evening to protest the ouster of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the impact it could have on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

Sessions had recused himself from oversight of the Russian Federation investigation shortly after he arrived at the Justice Department. Organizers say Whitaker's appointment is an attempt to obstruct Mueller's investigation, which was previously overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Responding to reports that Mueller may have been looking into financial records of the Trump Organization, he has said doing that would go "beyond the scope of the appointment of the special counsel". No one is arguing Trump doesn't have the "power" to fire the Federal Bureau of Investigation director or direct the Justice Department.

Leonard Leo, the executive vice president of the Federalist Society, also recommended Whitaker for the post, sources said. Whitaker has been publicly critical of the investigation in the past.

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The group Nobody Is Above The Law said on its website that the protests are planned in cities across the U.S.at 5 p.m. local time Thursday, and added that Trump "crossed a red line".

McConnell said the Senate would begin work processing the nomination of a new attorney general as soon as a name is sent over for advice and consent.

Matt Whitaker has been named acting us attorney general following the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Both refused and resigned, before Solicitor General Robert Bork, third in command at the Department of Justice, agreed to fire Cox.

Boone said the protestors want to see the Mueller probe protected, and its final conclusions released to the public.

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.

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Live, ongoing coverage as nation takes to street to let Trump know that "nobody is above the law".

Rosenstein has, until now, overseen the investigation and given Mueller the support he needs.

The Saturday Night Massacre refers to an incident in 1973 when President Nixon ordered his attorney general and deputy attorney general to fire independent special prosecutor Archibald Cox, who was investigating the Watergate scandal. Mitt Romney, who just won election to the U.S. Senate from Utah, also tweeted that the Mueller probe should be allowed to proceed "to its conclusion unimpeded".

However, the ACLU had a few other choice departing words for the now former Attorney General. He said Democrats were concerned about what the Trump administration might do next concerning the special counsel probe: "Anyone writing even a dime store novel knows what the next couple of steps are on this".

It was Clovis, no stranger to TV and radio himself, who encouraged Whitaker to get a regular commentary gig on cable television to get President Donald Trump's attention, according to friends who Whitaker told at the time.

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Whitaker was tapped by the White House to serve as Sessions' chief of staff in September 2017, with sources describing then-White House counsel Don McGahn as the person behind the hiring.