Jeff Sessions steps down as US attorney general at Trump’s request

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Whitaker was tapped by the White House to serve as Sessions' chief of staff in September 2017, with sources describing then-White House counsel Don McGahn as the person behind the hiring.

The protest was part of the nationally organized "Nobody is Above the Law" movement, which vowed to hold protests nationwide if President Donald Trump took any steps that could jeopardize special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. "Graham, I do believe we have the right to get a solid answer from him", she said.

When asked if Whitaker should recuse himself, Prior said, "No, I think there is no reason to recuse".

The Democrats said they also want the Justice Department to protect the integrity of Mueller's investigation and to preserve relevant documents.

While Whitaker has made questionable comments that could create the appearance of a conflict of interest, there isn't an explicit conflict under Justice Department rules, as might arise if - for example - he had a family member under active investigation.

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.

The new position handed him oversight of Mueller's investigation into possible ties between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

"It is time for Rosenstein, who is the acting attorney general for the purposes of this investigation, to order Mueller to limit the scope of his investigation to the four corners of the order appointing him special counsel", Whitaker wrote.

Whitaker himself stayed out of the public debate Friday.

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The New York senator said he found the timing of Sessions's departure "very suspect".

Others have said that Whitaker's appointment is unconstitutional, since Trump didn't seek the Senate's advice and consent.

Despite Trump's distancing himself from Whitaker, two Republicans close to the president said he had enjoyed Whitaker's TV appearances and the two had struck a bond.

"Today, we saw a lot of people come out because they're really concerned about the firing of Jeff Sessions and the move to put Matt Whitaker in charge of the special counsel investigation", Forsythe said.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump defended his choice of Whitaker, who has been panned by critics for his past comments on the probe, saying the former USA attorney had an excellent reputation and came highly recommended by former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, who is now Trump's ambassador to China.

"In fact, I just talked to him, he was in my office with the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation", the president said.

Protesters gathered outside the Walgreens in Cottonwood Thursday condemning President Donald Trump's decision to force out former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "The president's said repeatedly he's not going to dismiss the Mueller investigation". But, in another interview that year, Whitaker also said he felt there was a red line for the probe.

Trump's nomination of a permanent replacement for Sessions will require confirmation by the US Senate, which remains in Republican control following Tuesday's midterm elections.

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