New Acting Attorney General is a GOP Loyalist from Iowa

New Acting Attorney General is a GOP Loyalist from Iowa

New Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, whose appointment means he will supervise special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, has a personal tie to one of the witnesses in the probe: Whitaker was the campaign chairman for Sam Clovis in 2014 when Clovis ran for state treasurer in Iowa.

That set off immediate alarm bells: Whitaker has been overtly critical of the broad scope granted to Mueller's team to probe beyond allegations Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in 2016, into other ties between Trump, his family and aides, and Russian Federation - an investigation the president calls a "witch hunt".

"Donald Trump, you will not keep us from knowing the truth, whatever the truth is", said rally organizer Andrea Hildebran Smith of the activist group Floridians Against Corruption and Treason.

There has also been a question mark over Mr Rosenstein's future since it was alleged that he had discussed invoking a constitutional clause to oust President Trump.

Whitaker has no intention of recusing himself from overseeing the Mueller probe, the Washington Post reported.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins also voiced concern about the move, tweeting on Wednesday that "Special Counsel Mueller must be allowed to complete his work without interference - regardless of who is AG".

The protest campaign claims on its website that with Sessions ousted and acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker replacing Rod Rosenstein in overseeing the Mueller investigation, Trump "undercut the independence of the investigation" because "Whitaker has publicly outlined strategies to stifle the investigation and can not be allowed to remain in charge of it".

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.

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"We're here because Trump replaced Sessions and installed someone who will do his bidding, who has voiced his hostility to the Bob Mueller investigation", said Mary Melancon, 75, of Tampa.

It wasn't clear immediately why Trump chose the hours after midterm results to fire Sessions.

Even after he arrived at the Justice Department, Whitaker harbored frustration about the length of the special counsel probe and doubts about the scope of Mueller's authority, a person familiar with the matter said. Clovis, who later worked in Trump's presidential campaign, has been interviewed as part of Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

Her words were echoed by Democratic party Senate leader Chuck Schumer, who added: "Clearly, the president has something to hide." "Trump's attempt to be his own judge and jury is inconsistent with the rule of law and democracy".

The president lambasted Sessions for recusing himself from decisions about the federal probe into Russian meddling, an inquiry the president has regularly lambasted as "fake news" and a "witch hunt".

Rosenstein no longer will oversee the special counsel investigation.

CNN reports that Christie is not believed to have met with the president Thursday.

-With assistance from Steven T. Dennis.

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