New Acting Attorney General is a GOP Loyalist from Iowa

U.S. President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions during the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony in Quantico Va 2017

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker has no intention of recusing himself from overseeing the special counsel probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to people close to him who added they do not believe he would approve any subpoena of President Trump as part of that investigation.

Washington, DC- Thousands protested across the United States on Thursday to demand that President Donald Trump not impede Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The move superseded the regular order of succession which would have placed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein the Acting AG role.

Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, took over supervision of the Russian Federation investigation.

These comments have led Democrats - who this week took a majority in he House of Representatives following the midterm elections - to call on Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing the investigation.

Asked Wednesday if Whitaker would take control of the probe, Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Flores said Whitaker would be "in charge of all matters under the purview of the Department of Justice".

A replacement for Mr Mueller though would have no such constraints, potentially allowing Mr Trump to hamstring the investigators.

Never in modern history has a president attacked a Cabinet member as frequently and harshly in public as Trump did Sessions, 71, who had been one of the first members of Congress to back his presidential campaign in 2015. They also said they will continue to conduct parallel investigations alongside special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, and urging them to preserve all relevant documents.

Whitaker also once worked as chairman of Sam Clovis' failed campaign for Iowa state treasurer in 2014.

Mueller's probe has since reached plea deals with or indicted a number of Trump associates. I've known Jeff for a long time.

To this point, Trump has heeded advice not to directly interfere, though a new chapter in the relationship with the probe may have begun with the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as new acting attorney general.

Several hundred demonstrators, some carrying signs of "Trump is not above the law" and "You can't fire the truth", gathered outside the White House and in Lafayette Park, just north of the White House, in Washington, Nov. 8, 2018.

Sessions took himself out of decision-making on the probe in March 2017 even after Trump dispatched the White House lawyer to persuade him not to do so, according to a person familiar with the matter.

"Trump's actions are being compared with those of U.S. President Richard Nixon in one of the most controversial episodes of the Watergate scandal, the Saturday Night Massacre", said organizers. He had frequently publicly castigated Sessions for recusing himself a year ago from the case. The latest indication of the fury came Wednesday when he forced out his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, whose recusal opened the door to Mueller's appointment. He said he thinks it's very likely the investigation is going to reach its conclusion. "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".

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