Thousands demand Mueller protection after Trump fires Sessions

Ballot measures that would approve marijuana for recreational or medical use were endorsed in three states. Voters in North Dakota rejected legalization. (Bryan Anselm  The

Ballot measures that would approve marijuana for recreational or medical use were endorsed in three states. Voters in North Dakota rejected legalization. (Bryan Anselm The

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called it a "blatant attempt" to undermine the Russian Federation probe, while Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer tweeted that "clearly, the president has something to hide".

Democrats have slammed Whitaker's appointment to replace Sessions, arguing that Trump is trying to undermine Mueller and demanding that Whitaker recuse himself from supervising the Mueller investigation due to his writings and public comments attacking the investigation.

Sessions's interim replacement, his former chief of staff, Whitaker, has publicly criticised the Mueller probe for going beyond its remit.

Christie shocked the Republican establishment after he endorsed then-candidate Donald Trump for president in February 2016 and joined Trump's campaign.

When asked whether Whitaker would now assume control over the Mueller investigation, U.S. Justice Department spokesperson Sarah Flores said Whitaker would be "in charge of all matters" under the purview of the department.

In a resignation letter, Mr Sessions - a former Alabama senator who was an early supporter of Mr Trump - made clear the decision to go was not his own. "There is no mistaking what this means, and what is at stake: this is a constitutionally perilous moment for our country and for the president".

"Committees of the United States Congress are conducting investigations parallel to those of the special counsel's office, and preservation of records is critical to ensure that we are able to do our work without interference or delay", the Democrats wrote.

As the probe continued to cloud his presidency, Trump kept complaining about Sessions recusing himself from supervising Mueller and entrusting the task instead to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Nadler is expected to become House Judiciary chairman when a Democratic House majority, elected in Tuesday's midterm elections, takes over in the new Congress that convenes in January.

He has also repeatedly criticized Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, which the Justice Department oversees, both in appearances as a CNN commentator and on Twitter.

"Attorney General Jefferson Sessions was a national disgrace, NORML hopes he finds the time during his retirement to seek treatment for his affliction of 1950's reefer madness", Erik Altieri, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, said in a press release.

He also said on CNN a year ago that he could see a scenario in which Sessions' replacement doesn't fire Mueller but "just reduces his budget to so low that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt". This is the much-anticipated finishing touch on Mueller's Russia Investigation mandate.

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The deputy attorney general appointed Mr Mueller to lead the inquiry after Mr Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in 2017.

By Thursday morning, more than 1,000 people said on a Facebook page for the event that they planned to attend, and more than 3,200 said they were interested.

Sessions clashed, though, with Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, resisting his proposals to overhaul the criminal justice system and standing by his hard-line approach to imprisonment and sentencing.