Trump calls Whitaker ‘very highly respected man’

Trump calls Whitaker ‘very highly respected man’

Trump calls Whitaker ‘very highly respected man’

The Portland Press Herald reported that rallies also were held in Bangor, Belfast, Brunswick, Kittery, Lewiston and Rockland.

These protests were loosely organized by progressive advocacy groups such as MoveOn. He also said there was no evidence Russian Federation interfered in the election at all.

Instead, he gave Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein the authority to oversee the probe independently.

On Friday morning Trump also insisted both that he "didn't know" Whitaker, a former U.S. attorney and Republican candidate in Iowa, and that he was "very highly thought of". However, critics are voicing concern about new attorney general Matthew Whitaker's previous statements about the Russian Federation investigation and are demanding that he recuse himself.

Trump then tried to take a shot against Mueller for not being "Senate confirmed" - while also claiming that Whitaker, the former United States attorney for Iowa, has been.

"According to the chain of command, (Rosenstein) should be the attorney general", Gorton said.

Indivisible member Eileen Kreutz, of Industry, traveled to attend the protest after hearing about it through communications from Indivisible.

President Donald Trump sought to distance himself from the Justice Department official he just named as acting attorney general in the face of mounting criticism about the legality and propriety of his appointment. He said "there was so much smoke" surrounding Clinton that it made ideal sense for Trump take a meeting at which he expected to receive dirt on her. He called the city "one of the most tragic examples" of how such agreements impose restrictions on police officers.

Whitaker has given no indication he believes he needs to step aside from ultimately overseeing Mueller's investigation, one person familiar with his thinking told CNN Thursday.

"When this happened yesterday, people started mobilizing very quickly", said Margaret Foley, the communications director for Nasty Women Get Shit Done PDX.

For months, Mueller has been seeking to question Trump as part of his investigation, which is also examining whether the president has sought to obstruct the probe. Such a move would likely require issuing a subpoena to the president, which would then draw a legal challenge from Trump's team. Maloney said Trump was "sidestepping the law" in an attempt to halt the investigation, which has resulted in "35 indictments". "We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!" "And that is a problem for all of us".

"This is no witch hunt that hasn't produced anything", she said.

Gorton added that the protest was a success, even though political activists are probably run ragged from Tuesday's elections.

Despite Whitaker's appearance at several White House meetings, Trump said he does not know him very well but that he is "very, very highly thought of".

Lockett braved the cold Thursday night at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill, where Governor Jay Inslee, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal spoke.

Any final report from the probe, which has been a work in progress, will be handed to Whitaker and it will be his decision whether to make it public, Reid reports.

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