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U.S. President Donald Trump announced by tweet that 49-year-old Matthew Whitaker, Sessions's former chief of staff, would take over as acting attorney general until a permanent replacement is found at a later date.

In an interview with the David Webb Show, on audio obtained by Mother Jones, Whitaker essentially said that Trump can and should do whatever he wants with the Mueller investigation.

In an op-ed in August past year he publicly urged Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein - who oversees the probe - to "limit the scope of his investigation to the four corners of the order appointing him special counsel".

"You must be aware that your public comments criticizing Mr. Mueller's investigation have been widely circulated", the attorneys general wrote to Whitaker.

Matt Whitaker has a great reputation and that's what I wanted, ' Trump said. The investigation is looking into United States allegations of Russian meddling in the election two years ago and any possible coordination between Russian and the Trump campaign, which the president denies.

President Donald Trump sought to distance himself from the Justice Department official he just named as acting attorney general in the face of mounting criticism about the legality and propriety of his appointment.

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They also waved American flags and banners emblazoned with slogans such as "Hands Off Mueller", as they shuffled down Seventh Avenue from Times Square to voice their aversion for Whitaker, a Trump loyalist.

"It should end because it's very bad for our country", he said.

A source close to the former attorney general told Fox News that Sessions is "considering it but his mind isn't made up".

Matt Whitaker has been named acting USA attorney general following the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Whitaker, a former USA attorney who worked most recently as Sessions's chief of staff, has publicly criticized Mueller's investigation as too broad. A dense web of regulations and professional guidelines govern how Justice Department lawyers are supposed to handle potential conflicts of interest. It appears that Whitaker is now overseeing the Russian Federation probe.

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer immediately called on Whitaker to recuse himself from the probe as his predecessor had, "given his previous comments advocating defunding and imposing limitations" on it.

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The timing for when a final report would be submitted by the special counsel's office is still unclear, and sources say there is also no clear timeline for when Mueller will wrap his investigation.

"There's a disrespect for norms, a disrespect for the rule of law, and a disrespect for the conventions of society and politics", he said, adding that politicians needed to "rise above party" to confront Trump.

Sessions in his resignation letter on Wednesday said he had resigned "at the request" of Trump. We targeted the opioid epidemic by prosecuting doctors, pharmacists, and anyone else who contributes to this crisis with new law enforcement tools and determination. "It is imperative that the Administration not impede the Mueller investigation".

However, the ACLU had a few other choice departing words for the now former Attorney General.

Maloney urged the protesters to call U.S. Sen.

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.

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"The fact (Trump) passed over Rosenstein to appoint someone else who has been critical (of the probe) certainly raises concerns", King said during a stop in Oakland.

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