Protests to protect Robert Mueller planned nationwide after Jeff Sessions firing

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Christie, who himself ran for president and served two terms in Trenton, ran Trump's transition before Mike Pence took over the task.

That duty has belonged to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller and closely monitors his work. Whitaker is Sessions' former chief of staff.

Answering allegations that the White House had used a clip edited by a notorious right-wing conspiracy theorist, Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said: "We stand by our statement". He looked close to tears as he was applauded by the staff on his way out of the justice department building on Wednesday night.

Mueller's grand jury has heard testimony for months about Trump confidant Roger Stone and what advance knowledge he may have had about Russian hacking of Democratic emails.

The protests come a day after Trump effectively fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a move many see as clearing the way for Trump to go after Mueller.

Supporters of the investigation around the country argue that Whitaker, who was given oversight of the special counsel probe after Sessions was forced out, has already shown that he will impede the crucial investigation, and that Trump's move is clear evidence of obstruction of justice.

Those include an opinion piece on CNN.com in which he said Mueller would be going too far, and straying beyond his mandate, if he were to investigate Trump's family finances.

The requirement that Whitaker notify Congress if he blocks Mueller from doing something is "about political accountability, not legal accountability", Rosenzweig said. Mueller is probing Russia's interference in the 2016 election, whether Trump or any of his associates conspired in the meddling, and whether Trump obstructed justice.

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

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Plans are for a protest to be held at 5 p.m.in front of the US consulate at 1075 West Pender St.

"We are in fact facing a countdown clock", said Sen.

On the heels of this, CNN is reporting Thursday that the special counsel has begun writing the final Russian Federation report.

He added that Trump's main problem with Jeff Sessions, whose resignation the president eventually demanded, was because the former senator had recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation, and not that he did "anything wrong or anything on immigration or national security or any other issue".

Sessions, who likely suspected his ouster was imminent, was spotted by reporters giving some of his grandchildren a tour of the White House over the weekend.

Recent acting and permanent attorneys general have been longtime government lawyers or high-ranking politicians with more experience navigating Washington than Whitaker.

The Democrats said they also want the Justice Department to protect the integrity of Mueller's investigation and to preserve relevant documents.

The switch, announced on Trump's Twitter feed, provoked consternation across Washington, where politicians from both sides of the aisle have long warned that political interference in Mueller's work can not be tolerated.

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