But when Sessions' chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, leapfrogged over Rosenstein and was named acting attorney general in his boss' place Wednesday afternoon, questions immediately began to swirl about who Mueller would report to, whether Whitaker must recuse himself from the investigation given his fierce criticism of it, if Rosenstein would quit and whether Mueller's work will be curtailed.
In an interview with The Washington Times last week, Mr. Trump said he had just wrapped up a meeting with Mr. Whitaker and others on election security at the White House. He will be replaced by Matthew Whitaker, a former USA attorney who was hired as Sessions' chief-of-staff in October 2017.
Rally organizers are demanding that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker immediately commit not to assume supervision of the investigation because he has publicly outlined strategies to stifle the investigation and can not be allowed to remain in charge of it.
The President has long expressed his frustration with Sessions, saying in August 2017, "I put in an attorney general that never took control of the justice department". He wrote previous year on CNN.com that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should limit the scope of Mueller's investigation to stop him from delving into Trump's finances.
Sessions' former chief of staff, Matt Whitaker, is now acting attorney general and has authority to oversee the remainder of the Russian Federation probe.
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People all over the country subscribed to an email list that would be activated if Trump appeared to be interfering with the investigation into his campaign.
Pressure is mounting for acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker to recuse himself in the Russian Federation investigation as special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation appears to be winding down. "With the appointment of Whitaker I think there's a very good chance they'll try to stifle the investigation".
The president has repeatedly said he doesn't watch CNN.
About 400 convened Thursday along the Riverwalk in Naperville to rally in support of the continuation of the probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The president argued that Whitaker was "Senate-confirmed" because he served as a US attorney. Whitaker felt Mueller would focus on his job, regardless. "We had several hundred people who showed up, chilly, moments notice, to say we are paying attention, and we are watching, and we care".
"Sometimes the voters need to do more than vote", she said.
Mueller is reportedly writing his final report on his investigation that's cast a cloud over the Trump administration. A person familiar with the matter said he got on the White House's radar via conservative circles in Iowa, his TV appearances and his connections with the Federalist Society and other conservative groups.