Tampa Bay rallies held to protect Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Given that Trump publicly demanded his last attorney general stop Mueller, and that Whitaker has publicly called for Mueller's last supervisor to reign him in, this seems like a fair question.

Protestor Gayle Gingrich said she feels more hopeful after Democrats won a majority in the House of Representatives in the midterm elections.

One organizer for Capital Area Indivisible, Jessica Gorton of Readfield, has helped organize other area events for the group, including the 2017 Women's March.

Trump, said Nora Mann, an activist from Arlington, is "running scared".

The US President fired Sessions after he had been critical of him for failing to stop the Russian Federation investigation. He called Trump's recent actions "a rerun of the 'Saturday Night Massacre, ' " a reference to the October 20, 1973 resignations of the attorney general and deputy attorney general after each refused an order by President Richard Nixon to fire Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox.

Warner said it would be a "bright" red line crossed if Whitaker fires or hampers Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Justice Department officials said that under normal circumstances, the deputy attorney general would likely play an active, hands-on role in overseeing such a high profile probe, and they had no reason to believe that Rosenstein would now be cut out. In an interview with CNN in 2017, he argued that the inquiry could be kneecapped if the attorney general "just reduces his budget so low that the investigation grinds nearly to a halt".

In a column he wrote in August 2017, Whitaker said that Mueller had "come up to a red line in the Russian Federation 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing".

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Indivisible member Eileen Kreutz, of Industry, traveled to attend the protest after hearing about it through communications from Indivisible. Though Sessions was an early and prominent campaign backer of Trump, his departure letter lacked effusive praise for the president and made clear the resignation came "at your request".

Jerry Role, a retired Department of Justice staffer told Al Jazeera that Trump's actions this week threatened the integrity of United States democracy. Dady tried unsuccessfully to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger in Tuesday's election.

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

Trump dismissed concern that Whitaker had not been confirmed by the Senate by noting Mueller had not been confirmed either. In fact, it allows Mueller to pursue "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation". "And that is a problem for all of us". "There is no other way to say it", she added.

Kreutz said if any president, regardless of political party, was dodging procedure with appointments, she would be protesting in the same manner. "Unelected judges are deciding numerous issues of the day", he complained, adding that Marbury was a bad ruling and we should revisit the Court as "the final arbiter of constitutional issues".

Four federal judges have upheld Mueller's authority, including U.S. District Court Chief Judge Beryl Howell, who rejected Miller's arguments and held him in contempt for resisting a Mueller subpoena.

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