Mainers rally in Augusta to support Mueller probe after Sessions ouster

Democrats and Republicans warn White House against impeding Russia inquiry as Trump replaces Sessions with ally

On Wednesday, Trump fired the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, and named Whitaker as his replacement at the justice department.

People all over the country subscribed to an email list that would be activated if Trump appeared to be interfering with the investigation into his campaign.

About 400 convened Thursday along the Riverwalk in Naperville to rally in support of the continuation of the probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The president has called Mueller's investigation a "witch-hunt" and criticized Sessions for recusing himself from overseeing Mueller's probe.

Protesters listen to Attorney Shelly McBride speak November 8 outside the Monroe County Courthouse during a protest against the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sessions had endured months of public abuse from Trump, who soured on Sessions because he recused himself from oversight of the Russian Federation investigation shortly after he arrived at the Justice Department.

'President Trump's installation of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general of the United States after forcing the resignation of Jeff Sessions is unconstitutional, ' they wrote.

Whitaker has his supporters too, including a US senator from Iowa, Joni Ernst.

Stone has said he did not, but emails, Twitter messages and his own public statements show he portrayed himself as plugged into the WikiLeaks orbit.

There were no visible signs of counterprotesters or Trump supporters among the throng that gathered in the plaza on Broadway and Union Street. Their chants said "Hey hey, ho ho, Whitaker has got to go", or "This is what democracy looks like". (She has paused the contempt decision while he appeals the case).

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Whitaker also chaired the 2014 Iowa state treasurer campaign of Sam Clovis, a former Trump administration official and current grand jury witness in the Mueller investigation who described Whitaker as a "friend" as recently as Wednesday.

The US President fired Sessions after he had been critical of him for failing to stop the Russian Federation investigation. Federal prosecutors have said in court papers that the case involves numerous "uncharged" third parties and have argued against disclosing search warrants and other documents that would "certainly result in a very public guessing game" about their identities.

Trump Jr. would be the closest figure to the president yet to be roped into the probe - which has already claimed four former advisers to the US President. "What happened immediately after, Trump has taken the step of putting someone in place, that's an illegal step".

"I do think these kind of gatherings of people who stand up, even at a moments notice, as kind of a liberty army, to say, 'We will protect the rule of law and justice, ' that's important to send that signal", Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton told the Indiana Daily Student.

Trump had enjoyed Whitaker's cable TV appearances - including one on CNN in which he suggested that the Mueller probe be starved of resources - and the two men soon struck a bond.

Despite demands from Democrats and ethics watchdogs that he recuse because of his past comments, Whitaker showed no signs Thursday that he meant to do so.

Lawyers for the Justice Department sought to delay the finalization of the decree shortly after Sessions took over, saying they had concerns about rising crime.

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