by Axios | Updated on 11.8.18
Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ abrupt resignation on Wednesday at the request of President Trump immediately raised questions about the fate of special counsel Robert Mueller’s wide-ranging investigation into potential Russian collusion and ties to Trump's 2016 campaign.
Driving the news: President Trump has elevated Justice Department chief of staff Matthew Whitaker to acting attorney general until a permanent replacement is confirmed. Whitaker has questioned the scope of Mueller's investigation.
The details: The deputy attorney general traditionally assumes the acting role as the country’s top law enforcement official upon such a departure.
The big picture: Rosenstein has largely been seen as a barrier protecting the Mueller investigation from Trump’s interference. As Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes of the Lawfare Blog explain, Rosenstein "has assiduously defended the Mueller investigation, even as the president has decried it as a ‘witch hunt,’ even as congressional committees have pressed for unprecedented document releases by way of discrediting it."
What's next: With Democrats fresh off a midterm campaign victory in taking control of the House, they will continue to express their frustrations over Whitaker's new role and the urgent need for congressional action to protect Mueller. They've already warned that Whitaker's previous remarks about Mueller suggest he is unfit to oversee the investigation.
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I hope and pray that Mr. Mueller already has sealed indictments in place. He's very smart and had to see this coming after the election. Trump certainly didn't waste any time.
If his job isn't done, let him finish, period, end of story.
Get it done, whatever the outcome, and lets move forward.
Republicans have spent years and millions investigating Hillary and found no fault, no indictments and no guilty pleas. Trumps been investigated for 2 years and there has been 23 indictments and 5 guilty pleas. Not to mention his own words when he asked Russia to hack the democrats and don’t get the timeline mixed up. He asked and then it happened. This is not a waste of time or money. Our election was manipulated and we have indictments and guilty pleas to prove it. All of us should want this investigation to be allowed to finish. Our democracy is counting on it.
He's not done and Trump is hiding something. Actually a lot of somethings.
This investigation has costed us taxpayers in the multi millions and still No evidence against President Trump. This was a farce from the beginning, set up by the fascist liberal democrats because they lost the election.
Only time to wrap up when he says it is.
The nation was torchured when the GOP forced years and years and years of unwarranted investigations on Hillary, who was eventually exonerated, and not once did Hillary, the Democrats or President Obama connive to obstruct the ongoing process. The unwarranted investigations on Hillary cost the taxpayers millions and millions of dollars but GOP and supporters didn't care then, but, boy oh boy, they sure care now when it's one of their own under investigation. How galling, but the hypocrisy is not surprising. Special Counsel Mueller has already indicted, subpoenaed, charged and jailed many who are close to trump in this investigation and he's not finished by a long shot. No one is above the law, which we heard constantly from the GOP when the GOP was investigating Hillary. Now they must abide by their own words. No one is above the law. And if trump and GOP are blemish free, then they and their supporters should not have a problem with this investigation. But that they DO have a problem with it just goes to show how guilty trump/GOP actually are and Mueller should be allowed to prove it. And he will because, I reiterate, NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW.
Justice cannot be rushed. Trump says he isn’t guilty so why is he acting like he is?
If Donald stops the Mueller investigation, you are allowing a decay of our democratic system.
we want the truth!!
Not as long as there are new, developing discoveries that are unlawful and obstructing justice/collusive w/ foreign gobs,ie. Russian Oligarchs
Hell no. Need to get every morsel of corrupt information possible. Don’t go down without a fight. Unfortunately, how many in the senate would actually vote “guilty”? U can impeach all you want, trump could care less because he has no morals to shame into quitting. We just saw the American people say they were ok with Republican controlled senate. This is on us.
Because a person that Trump appointed thinks it’s not appropro to look into Trump’s finances as part of an ivestigation means that the investigation MUST be finished - on whatever timeline it needs to be conclusive either way.
First, let Mueller finish! Second, as was pointed out clearly and concisely in the New York Times yesterday, this appointment violates both the law and the U.S. Constitution. THAT MUST MEAN SOMETHING IN COUNTRY BASED ON LAWS! All of my congressmen must active immediately to nullify this gross violation by a President who believe no laws apply to him!
To preserve our democracy and stop the bullying and intimidation environment trump is advocating, we must complete the investigation of Russian meddling with our election and any connection with trump campaign. Our country and our people deserve to know if their president is trustworthy and abided by the rules of laws of the US.
When Mueller is done I’m certain he’ll tell us. I doubt a man who has brought so many crime families to justice and toppled so many criminal conspiracies wishes to spend the rest of his life on dirty Donny. He has always served his country with the upmost honor and honesty. I trust him to tell us when he’s finished.
Prosecutors should be free to conduct their investigations.
If there is anything incriminating toward the Trump administration, then the Mueller investigation should continue. Trump is not above the law, and he should not be able to squash investigations against him. He can call it a witch hunt all he wants, but if there’s reasonable cause for concern, investigate away.
Innocent people are not afraid of investigations. The Trump-Republican White Nationalist Administration is very afraid. I did not complain when they were investigating Clinton and found nothing (a witch hunt). This investigation has already been productive and I feel it is a good use of my tax dollars. If they are innocent, the investigation will prove that.
We want Mueller to finish is assignment fully. The end. Do not allow the orange buffoon-Trump-to stop him.
The Babe Ruth Of B.S. Podunk 45, is trying too hide something. Look at the fake/doctored video of Jim Acosta the Sarahuck tweeted. Podunk 45 is a disgrace to the Republican party. Remember: While you're pointing one finger at some one, three are pointing back at you!
Muller will present the findings of his report when the job is complete. Keep Muller protected until the job is finished.