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Trump is warned not to meddle in Russian Federation inquiry

Trump is warned not to meddle in Russian Federation inquiry

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his resignation on Wednesday after unrelenting criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump over his recusal from an investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential race.

The White House is bracing for the probe of Donald Trump's presidential campaign to fire up again. Despite their House victory, Democrats still appear divided and Trump seems intent on driving a wedge in their ranks, repeatedly expressing his support for veteran Nancy Pelosi, 78, as the Speaker, even though the younger and more radical wing of the party want a younger, fresher face.

Those concerns are now focused on the future of the Mueller probe, which began as a look into alleged links with Russians seeking to disrupt the election and expanded into an investigation of billionaire Trump's murky finances, including his business ties to Russia.

Trump has made it clear, Swalwell said, that the only thing he cares about with the Justice Department and who runs it is "that person's position on his personal criminal exposure and that of his family in the Russian Federation probe".

In fact, Whitaker told CNN a year ago that a future attorney general could limit Mueller by reducing the budget "so low that his investigations grinds to nearly a halt".

The new acting attorney general, Whitaker will assume the duties and responsibilities fulfilled by Sessions.

Democrats have slammed Whitaker's appointment to replace Sessions, arguing that Trump is trying to undermine Mueller and demanding that Whitaker recuse himself from supervising the Mueller investigation due to his writings and public comments attacking the investigation. It is not clear if an in-person interview with the president will happen.

While he occasionally offered to work with the Democrats, he also said fairly bluntly that if they insisted on investigating him and his administration through the House, he would retaliate through the Senate and the executive power vested in him.

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After starting his career in private practice, Whitaker first ran for office in 2002, losing a race for state treasurer to longtime Democratic incumbent Michael Fitzgerald.

Trump told associates that he felt that Whitaker would be "loyal" and would not have recused himself from the Russian Federation probe as Sessions had done, according to two Republicans close to the White House not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.

But there has also been speculation Mr Trump could try to kill or suppress the 18 month-old probe, pressing his view that Mr Mueller leads a team staffed by Democrats operating under an illegal mandate.

"Trump's actions are being compared with those of U.S. President Richard Nixon in one of the most controversial episodes of the Watergate scandal, the Saturday Night Massacre", said organizers. "Trump's attempt to be his own judge and jury is inconsistent with the rule of law and democracy".

According to USA media reports on Thursday, Mueller's team have started writing the final report of the investigation.

Rosenstein no longer will oversee the special counsel investigation.

-With assistance from Steven T. Dennis.