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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Former US Attorney General Jeff Sessions

In announcing the resignation in a tweet that thanked the former Alabama senator "for his service" - Trump right away named as acting attorney general Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker.

"I don't know Matt Whitaker", Trump told reporters on Friday as he left the White House for a trip to Paris.

He made the remarks to a conservative forum in April 2014.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions was sacked by Donald Trump Wednesday, casting a cloud over the Russian Federation investigation that has dogged the White House, a day after Republicans lost control over the lower house of Congress. "People know that Trump is trying to shut down the investigation and they don't want that to happen".

Pelosi said there is bipartisan consensus that Whitaker should never have been appointed.

Speaking in Kentucky on Friday, McConnell said he expects acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker to be "a very interim" attorney general. When asked whether he required a "Levitical or New Testament" view of justice, Whitaker specified the New Testament. "Reports also suggested that Trump preferred to discuss issues with Whitaker rather than former attorney general Jeff Sessions, thus highlighting a prominent reason for Sessions" removal. During an interview with The New York Times past year, Trump stated, "Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else".

The Whitaker appointment has fueled uncertainty about the future of the Mueller investigation, with many Democrats now urging the former USA attorney and Division I football player to recuse himself from overseeing the probe.

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Of the scrutiny Whitaker is facing, Trump said: "It's a shame that no matter who I put in they go after".

While some speculated the "46" in his Twitter handle MattWhitaker46 referred to a future run at president-Trump is the 45th USA president-it ostensibly refers to his jersey number, 46, when he played with the Iowa Hawkeyes football team from 1989 to 1982.

The Wall Street Journal on Friday published an email revealing an FBI investigation into the company, World Patent Marketing Inc. Matt Whitaker worked for Jeff Sessions, and he was always extremely highly thought of, and he still is. Such an overt act by a new attorney general not confirmed by the Senate would unleash an outbreak of fervent protest in official Washington and heighten demands for the president's impeachment.

"To be USA attorney, that's top of the line", Trump said. Another protester showed up in a full inflatable body suit depicting President Trump as a baby, bottle in hand.

The president "thinks highly" of Whitaker, Larson said.

As acting attorney general, Whitaker now has the power to wrest oversight away from Rosenstein, and take charge himself. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., warned in a letter to Trump on Friday that it potentially violated the Appointments Clause of the U.S. Constitution. McConnell said that's not needed because the probe will be allowed to finish.

He has also been pressing to interview Trump on his 2016 campaign's ties to Russian Federation and allegations that he obstructed the investigation.

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