Several hundred people gathered in South Straub Park. Even if Whitaker, Sessions' former chief of staff, does not curtail the investigation, Trump could direct him to take a more aggressive stance in declassifying documents that could further undermine or muddle the probe, the White House aide and Republican official said.
Noting that the special counsel's budget falls within the attorney general's purview, Whitaker said he could envision a situation in which Sessions was replaced as attorney general and replaced by a new boss who doesn't fire Mueller but "just reduces his budget to so low that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt".
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.
The rally took place at Thomas Paine Plaza as people joined in a nationwide protest to respond to the hiring of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general.
"It's time to do what we can because our elected officials are not doing their job", Miller said.
Demonstrators gathered outside the US consulate at 1075 West Pender St., some wearing American flags and others toting signs with messages such as "no one is above the law".
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) faced a seemingly uncomfortable moment on Fox News Thursday when confronted with his past remarks claiming there would be "holy hell to pay" if Jeff Sessions was sacked.
Donald Trump with Mr Sessions in December previous year.
The interview came shortly after Comey was sacked by Trump and while Whitaker, then the head of a conservative nonprofit group, was a regular commentator on right-leaning media.
Donald Trump emerged from midterm elections promising cooperation only to plunge Washington into turmoil on Thursday (Nov 8) over suspicions that he's trying to kill the Russian Federation collusion probe and an extraordinary intensification of his war with journalists. Instead of "holy hell", Graham defended the president.
"We have a president who is undermining public trust in our institutions every day", she said. They also called on House and Senate committees to pursue their own investigations, and for political leaders to denounce any threat to the probe. Commenting on Trump's pick, Christie said he wanted to finish his term as New Jersey governor.
As acting Attorney-General, Mr Whitaker can now tell Mr Mueller what areas to investigate or leave alone.
"If he's innocent than fine, let it run its course", he said.
"We the people will not stand for this".
Trump originally said he fired Comey on the recommendation of Sessions and Rosenstein for mishandling the inquiry into Clinton's use of private email when she was secretary of state, although the president later acknowledged he acted because of Comey's pursuit of "this Russian Federation thing". He said "there was so much smoke" surrounding Clinton that it made flawless sense for Trump Jr.to take a meeting at which he expected to receive dirt on her.
"As constituents of Sen".
Protesters in Portland said Trump's actions have put democracy and democratic values in peril.
Denise Jenkins said she wants Senate Republicans to "grow a spine".
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