Protests to protect Robert Mueller planned nationwide after Jeff Sessions firing

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That includes implying he had inside knowledge in separate email exchanges with a Breitbart editor and Steve Bannon, the then-Trump campaign chairman, just days before WikiLeaks began releasing thousands of emails stolen from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has been overseeing the Mueller investigation since Sessions recused himself from the investigation previous year due of his involvement in Trump's campaign.

Conservatives have many reasons to be optimistic about acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, following the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday.

Under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, Whitaker can serve 210 days without Senate confirmation before the president nominates a permanent attorney general.

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway is setting the record straight about Attorney General Jeff Sessions' resignation. He looked close to tears as he was applauded by the staff on his way out of the justice department building on Wednesday night. "Trump's attempt to be his own judge and jury is inconsistent with the rule of law and democracy".

Clovis, the 2016 Trump campaign national co-chairman, said in a May radio interview that he has been interviewed by the special counsel's team and had testified before the Mueller grand jury.

Asked whether Whitaker would assume control over Mueller's investigation, Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Flores said Whitaker would be "in charge of all matters under the purview of the Department of Justice". Officials there have said Whitaker will follow the regular procedure in handling any ethics issues that arise.

Whitaker's views make him a natural fit to replace Sessions, who has attempted to expand religious refusals and rollback LGBTQ legal protections throughout his tenure at the Department of Justice.

A spokeswoman for the Justice Department said that the acting attorney general - meaning Whitaker - is in charge of "all matters" within the department, including the Russian Federation probe.

Outside US Congress, progressives activated a plan for mass protests across the United States, starting at 5 p.m. on Thursday in all time zones. According to Conway, this come in violation of the Constitution's appointments clause.

For his part, US Senator Cory Gardner, of Colorado, said on Tuesday that he's looking forward to "continuing to work with the President to fulfill his campaign position to leave the regulation of marijuana to the states".

Bondi has been a stauncher supporter of Trump during his campaign for the presidency and after taking office.

The counselor to the president went on to give credit to Sessions for his work at the Department of Justice, including cracking down on opioid abuse as well as the MS-13 gang. "I'm concerned Rod Rosenstein will no longer be overseeing the probe".

Trump has repeatedly criticized Mueller's probe, calling it a "witch hunt" and denying he obstructed justice or that his campaign colluded with Russian Federation. An infuriated Trump responded by repeatedly and publicly seeking to humiliate Sessions.

Gonzales resigned as attorney general under a cloud of controversy and amid accusations that the Justice Department has been used for political purposes.