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President Trump said Friday he hasn't discussed the ongoing Russian Federation investigation with new acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and complained that special counsel Robert Mueller hadn't undergone Senate confirmation - even though he doesn't need to.

On Wednesday, Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions, raising the possibility that Sessions' replacement - Matthew Whitaker - could seek to curtail Mueller's investigation.

Last month, Trump said on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" show that Whitaker "is a great guy" and said that he knew him but declined to talk about any conversations he had had with him about taking on the role.

When asked if Whitaker was chosen to rein in the Russian Federation probe, Mr. Trump said, "What a stupid question that is". The move allows Whitaker to oversee a USA probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election that has hung over Trump's presidency, and which Whitaker has criticized in the past. "I could say, 'That investigation is over".

Boone said the protestors want to see the Mueller probe protected, and its final conclusions released to the public.

A Republican party loyalist who was Sessions' chief of staff, Whitaker has also publicly questioned the probe.

He was accused of dismissing several USA attorneys in 2006 for politically partisan purposes.

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Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday sent a letter to Trump questioning the legality of Whitaker's appointment, since he was not confirmed by the Senate.

While Whitaker is now Mueller's ultimate supervisor, it was not immediately clear whether that meant Rosenstein would step aside.

That belief is echoed by White House officials who also do not believe Whitaker needs to recuse himself, sources tell CNN.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's top deputy, Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Ed O'Callaghan, met with lawyers from the special counsel's team, according to a source familiar with the matter - just as he has been doing on almost a biweekly basis for months, as CNN previously reported. "But I didn't know Matt Whitaker", Trump told reporters on the south White House lawn before departing for an worldwide gathering in Paris.

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

The letter was signed by the attorneys general of Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, California, North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont, Rhode Island, Washington, Virginia, New Mexico and Maryland.


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