Russian Federation probe 'under threat' after Sessions fired

U.S. President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions during the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony in Quantico Va 2017

A Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, on Thursday called Mueller's investigation a "headache" for USA authorities but said it "has nothing to do with us", and he declined to comment on Sessions' departure.

The possibility that Sessions was sacked could open Whitaker's appointment to court challenge by a range of people, including Mueller, impacted by his actions. He also obtained indictments against Russian individuals and companies accused of a sweeping conspiracy to hurt Democrat Hillary Clinton and ultimately to help Trump win.

If Whitaker made a decision to fire Mueller, he would need to inform the special counsel in writing of the specific reason for his termination. Senator Susan Collins and Mitt Romney said it should not be impeded in any way.

Clovis, the 2016 Trump campaign national co-chairman, said in a May radio interview that he has been interviewed by the special counsel's team and had testified before the Mueller grand jury.

As Mueller's new boss, Whitaker has significant power to hobble or even halt the investigation that Trump has long called a "witch hunt".

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Matthew Whitaker, 49, a Republican lawyer said to be a Trump loyalist, assumed oversight of the inquiry after the president promoted him from chief of staff to Jeff Sessions, who was sacked as attorney-general on Wednesday.

She went on to argue that, "given his record of threats to undermine and weaken the Russian Federation investigation", Mr Whitaker should follow in Mr Sessions' footsteps and recuse himself.

Mr Whitaker has publicly criticised Mr Mueller's conduct several times since the inquiry began in May a year ago and taken the side of Mr Trump, who has dismissed it...

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".

Whitaker himself meanwhile offered little clue about his intentions in a bland statement to reporters thanking Trump for his appointment, praising his former boss as a "dedicated public servant" and adding he would work to leading a department that conformed to the "highest ethical standards".

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"Dear Mr President, at your request I am submitting my resignation", he wrote in an undated letter.

Demonstrations are taking place in more than 1,000 US cities and towns on Thursday evening-beginning at 5:00 PM (local time)-in response to President Donald Trump "installing a hack" to oversee the ongoing investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Nevertheless he appealed to Republicans not "beholden" to Donald Trump to reign in any attempt to fire Mueller. The move has sparked concern that Whitaker would end or hamper the investigation.

Recent acting and permanent attorneys general have been longtime government lawyers or high-ranking politicians with more experience navigating Washington than Whitaker.

The attorney general could also cut the budget for the special counsel's office. He has been interviewed as part of Mueller's probe.

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