The Mueller investigation is looking into alleged foreign government efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and includes possible links between Trump's campaign and the Russian government. Under former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the investigation was overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
After news broke Wednesday that Trump had forced Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign, leaders of the group United for Action of Central Florida made a decision to act.
Even after he arrived at the Justice Department, Whitaker harbored frustration about the length of the special counsel probe and doubts about the scope of Mueller's authority, a person familiar with the matter said.
Jeff Sessions imminent departure as attorney general was expected, as he had been repeatedly criticized by Trump for recusing himself from the investigation of potential collusion between the president's campaign and Russian Federation.
"Matt Whitaker worked for Jeff Sessions and he was always extremely highly thought of and he still is but I didn't know Matt Whitaker", Mr. Trump said.
Trump dismissed concern that Whitaker had not been confirmed by the Senate by noting Mueller had not been confirmed either.
Toomey said he had no reason to think the Mueller probe would be disrupted.
In Bloomington, many protesters held cardboard signs reading "Nobody Is Above the Law", "Protect Mueller Protect Democracy" and other statements in support of the Mueller probe. Whitaker's writings do not fall under that requirement in the White House's view, though by Thursday evening senior officials were growing uneasy about the negative press coverage of Whitaker's previous comments about Mueller.
U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer cast doubt on the legality of Whitaker's appointment and sent Trump a list of questions about the move.
The Justice Department didn't immediately return a request for comment late Friday. "But I watch you a lot - you ask a lot of stupid questions".
Speaking in Kentucky on Friday, McConnell said he expects acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker to be "a very interim" attorney general.
"I didn't speak to Matt Whitaker about it".
"Have a discussion about getting this on the schedule, and let's get this wrapped up, that would be my preference", Toomey told reporters at an unrelated event in Emmaus.
"The firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions would be one step short of the break glass moment", the organizers wrote before that became a reality on Wednesday. Serving as a special counsel does not require Senate confirmation by statute.
Gorton added that the protest was a success, even though political activists are probably run ragged from Tuesday's elections. Whitaker has spoken critically about the Mueller probe and spoke in a TV interview about choking off its funding.
For the supporters, it is a great match and a good spectacle but I am only 50% happy because we wanted to win". It doesn't have to, we saw in the Manchester City game (a goalless draw) that, but it is possible at least.
Ashton said a four-wheel drive Ute drove into Bourke street between Russell and Swanston Street and parked there. EARLIER: A SERIES of explosions have been heard near Bourke Street this afternoon as police lock down the city.
Now the search company has rebranded the app to be called 'Files by Google, ' as well as revamped the platform's user interface. This can save up to 43% battery usage during video playback and 60% when paused (with the phone set to 100% brightness).
Under the rule, migrants seeking asylum will have to make their claims at official ports of entry on the border. Currently, migrants who enter the United States illegally between ports of entry are able to apply for asylum.
Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar and Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib became the first Muslim women elected into Congress on Tuesday. Deb Haaland in New Mexico and Sharice Davids in Kansas became the first Native American women ever elected to Congress.
Making matters slightly awkward, the move was announced as Samsung hosted its own developer conference in San Francisco. At the company's Android Dev Summit , Google noted that Android will have support for screens that bend and fold.
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Samsung, which makes iPhone OLED displays, will get us even closer if that Infinity-O screen prediction turns out to be accurate. Its FlexPai folding phone was made available for order with a $1,318 starting price.
So it looks like customers are considering those the true lower-priced alternatives to the XS and XS Max , and not the XR. Over half of the figure ($37.1bn) was driven by iPhone sales with over 46 million handsets sold.
The funeral began at a temple in Bangkok on Saturday and with Buddhist bathing rituals and were followed by recitation ceremonies. The Leicester players and staff also paid tribute to their former owner with the club's travelling fans after the final whistle.
Woolsey fire forces evacuation of Malibu
Within the past 24 hours, the city of Paradise, California has been destroyed and Malibu is under a full, mandatory evacuation. Pet owners walked their dogs on Zuma Beach, the winds whipping up the sand around them and fire engine sirens blaring nearby.
India appreciates US waiver regarding Iran sanctions
Meanwhile, US crude inventories rose by 5.8 million barrels in the week ending Nov 2, to 431.79 million barrels, the EIA said. Brent futures for January settlement lost 16 cents to US$70.49 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange.
Ariana Grande: Could she have a secret album out there?
As yet, no-one can seem to find significance in the pseudonym Zandhr. "We support you", host Ellen DeGeneres said after the song. In Your Hands is thought to be the collaboration between Ariana Grande and Diplo which was teased in 2016.
Indonesia to probe Lion Air after deadly plane crash
He added that the broken sensor from the Bali-Jakarta flight would be sent to the manufacturer in Chicago for further examination. According to a company statement as of September 30, Boeing had 4,783 firm orders from 98 identified customers for the 737 Max.
First Two Muslim Women Elected To U.S. Congress
Republicans who charge that the Democratic Party has departed from its pro-Israel bona fides point to Tlaib and Omar as proof. MA will also be getting its first black congresswoman while Arizona and Tennessee stand to elect their first woman senators.
US Lays Down Razor Wire On Southern Border
These figures are in addition to the more than 2,000 National Guard troops that were deployed to the border in April. Manning also pointed out that soldiers "do not plan to interact with the protesters or migrant" at the border.
Marsha Blackburn Prevails in Tennessee Senate Race
House in 2002, Blackburn styles herself as a "hardcore, card-carrying Tennessee conservative" ready to fight for Trump's agenda. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me, ' the 28-year-old artist wrote in a post on Instagram .
Amazon’s Second Headquarters Hunt May Be Near A Selection
NY is one of the finalists in Amazon's search to build another headquarters, according to a person familiar with the talks. Localities have been competing to offer tax breaks, real estate plots, and other benefits to lure Amazon ( amzn ).