Whitaker, whose first full day as acting Attorney General was Thursday, has not taken any action regarding the Russian Federation probe.
Several senior officials told CNN they were surprised by the criticism, and believe it could potentially jeopardize Whitaker's chances of remaining in the post if it continues to dominate headlines.
Wednesday, Trump replaced Sessions, who had recused himself from overseeing Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, with acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who previously called Mueller's appointment "ridiculous", according to CNN.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump's legal team has begun working with the president to craft responses to questions from Mueller's team as part of their investigation, sources close to Trump told ABC. He also called the appointment of Mueller as special counsel - a position meant to be safe from political influence - "ridiculous".
Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter Thursday to Republicans who still control the panel demanding "emergency hearings concerning the forced firing, passing bipartisan legislation protecting the special counsel and joining in requesting" preservation of "all relevant materials related to the firing". A Justice Department spokesperson has indicated that Whitaker will be assuming the full scope of the attorney general's responsibilities-including, it would seem, direct supervision of the Mueller investigation. He questioned Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's ability to give Mueller such wide latitude and wanted to explore the bounds of what Mueller was examining, though Rosenstein kept Session's office "walled off" from the matter, this person said.
He said that other former Trump associates Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen and Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg are all cooperating with the government, and that the "public needs to see the results" of the probe.
Whitaker now becomes Mueller's new boss and will likely be sympathetic towards Trump. The mobilization comes after President Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wednesday, replacing him with a man who has previously criticized the probe and offered suggestions on how to slow it down.
But their relationship has been complicated by the fact that Christie, while a US attorney in New Jersey from 2002 to 2008, convinced real estate developer Charles Kushner to accept a plea deal on corruption charges in 2004.
"Among other things, this wave election in ME was a massive repudiation of the authoritarianism of Donald Trump", said Dini Merz, one of the leaders of Mainers for Accountable Leadership.
West Wing sources said they are "worried" about Trump Jr as they fear Mueller will be able to snare him on perjury.
The Democrats said they also want the Justice Department to protect the integrity of Mueller's investigation and to preserve relevant documents. "Worth a read", he tweeted.
Moscow denies interfering in the 2016 election.
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