Mueller writing final report on Russian Federation probe, submission timeline unclear

Mueller writing final report on Russian Federation probe, submission timeline unclear

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that Matthew Whitaker would be appointed acting US attorney general after Jeff Sessions resigned from the position just a day after the midterm elections.

President Donald Trump named Whitaker as acting attorney general after Sessions resigned Wednesday.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has endured more than a year of criticism from Donald Trump over the Mueller inquiry.

Instead, the congressman said, the fact Sessions "followed the rules and simply was not involved at all in overseeing the Mueller probe was grounds for this rather long-awaited firing, and all of the public berating that went along with it".

"The president wanted to take action as quickly as possible in the Mueller investigation, " said Sen.

Schumer and other leading Democrats were joined in their call for an unhampered probe by Republican Mitt Romney, a former presidential candidate and frequent Trump critic who won a US Senate seat in Tuesday's midterm.

Asked whether Whitaker would assume control over Mueller's investigation, Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Flores said Whitaker would be "in charge of all matters under the purview of the Department of Justice".

In theory, Whitaker could order Mueller to limit the scope of his investigation or end it altogether.

CNN's Jim Acosta, who regularly spars with Trump and his spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, annoyed the president by asking if he'd demonised immigrants during the midterms election campaign and then went on to ask about the Russian Federation probe.

The former FBI director has been working with a team of prosecutors and agents for the a year ago and a half to investigate whether the Trump campaign illegally coordinated with Russian Federation to tip the 2016 election, and whether Trump tried to obstruct that investigation.

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. Mueller's team also has been pressing for an interview with Trump.

A spokeswoman for the Justice Department said that the acting attorney general - meaning Whitaker - is in charge of "all matters" within the department, including the Russian Federation probe.

"Committees will also be investigating Attorney General Sessions' departure". Conway says that Rosenstein was at the White House Thursday and Friday.

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's advisers are privately expressing worries that the special counsel, who's been out of the news for the past month, has been stealthily compiling information and could soon issue new indictments or a damning final report. At this point, the investigation has lasted almost a year and a half.

Sessions, who likely suspected his ouster was imminent, was spotted by reporters giving some of his grandchildren a tour of the White House over the weekend.

"We will not allow Trump to get away with obstructing this criminal investigation, and we will not allow Congress to abdicate its responsibility under the Constitution".

Rosenstein no longer will oversee the special counsel investigation.

Jerry Role, a retired Department of Justice staffer told Al Jazeera that Trump's actions this week threatened the integrity of U.S. democracy.

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