Attorneys General Call For Whitaker Recusal From Mueller Investigation

The newly appointed AG, who reportedly has no plans to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation during his time serving at the Justice Department, also expressed concern over what Mueller looking into Trump could mean for the future.

In an interview with a conservative talk radio host, Whitaker said there was "no collusion" between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation, a key question being examined by the special counsel's office.

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. Lindsey Graham's Rock Hill office to protest the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

She said she was protesting the "forced" resignation of Sessions and Trump's dubious appointment of an acting attorney general.

There have been broad calls for Whitaker to recuse himself from the probe. The president's legal team and Mueller's team have been negotiating over the terms of possible questions for the president, although it's still unclear whether Mr. Trump will ever sit down with Mueller for an interview. Dick Durbin, noting that the move against Sessions happened one day after the midterm elections.

Mueller is probing both Russia's interference and whether Trump's presidential campaign may have colluded with Moscow.

Leonard Leo, the executive vice president of the Federalist Society, also recommended Whitaker for the post, sources said.

Whitaker is a former US attorney from Iowa who founded a law firm with other Republican Party activists.

Whitaker was not hired as Sessions' chief of staff by virtue of any pre-existing relationship with Sessions, but instead because White House officials believed Whitaker's loyalties would lie at the White House and not with the beleaguered attorney general, sources said.

"I think there are people who are hungry to show they are scared for their country", "It's one day after the election, we're all exhausted ... and I don't think the timing of the announcement from the (Trump) administration is an accident". "He's decided to make a change, and we'll take a look at who he sends up", said McConnell.

In the letter Sessions said he had been "honored... to implement the law enforcement agenda based on the rule of law that formed a central part" of the Trump campaign for presidency.

"At your request, I am submitting my resignation", Sessions said in the first line of a letter released by the Department of Justice.

Since his appointment, past comments Whitaker made about Mueller's investigation have been played regularly on some cable news stations.

An invite for the nationwide "Nobody Is Above the Law" rallies, which garnered over 21,000 RSVPs in NY, declared that "Donald Trump just crossed a red line, violating the independence of the investigation pursuing criminal charges in the Trump-Russia scandal and cover-up".

  • Marlene Weaver