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Two senior Republicans have joined Democrats, legal experts, and lawmakers in expressing concern about the future of the Mueller probe after Trump asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign.
Matthew Whitaker, who has criticized the investigation and is seen as a Trump loyalist, will oversee the probe as he serves as acting attorney general.
Mitt Romney and Susan Collins sounded the alarm and said the investigation must be allowed to continue without interference.
Hundreds of protests are scheduled across the US on Thursday to demand that Whitaker recuse himself from overseeing the investigation.

Bipartisan, national dread has set in over the fate of the Mueller probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election after President Donald Trump announced that Attorney General Jeff Sessions would be replaced by a Trump loyalist.

Matthew Whitaker will serve as acting attorney general and will assume oversight over the Russia investigation and Special Counsel Robert Mueller from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Sessions, who would have been in charge, had recused himself due to his involvement in Trump’s 2016 campaign, much to Trump’s disappointment.

Members of both parties, as well as lawmakers and legal experts, expressed concerned as Whitaker is widely seen as a Trump loyalist who has previously criticized Mueller’s investigation.

Senior members of Trump’s own party have sounded the alarm, saying that the investigation must be allowed to continue after : Jeff Sessions resigns as attorney general at Trump’s request

Mitt Romney, a former Republican presidential candidate who was elected as a Utah Senator on Tuesday, tweeted: “It is imperative that the important work of the Justice Department continues, and that the Mueller investigation proceeds to its conclusion unimpeded.”

Maine Senator Susan Collins, also a Republican, said she was “concerned” that Rosenstein would no longer be overseeing the probe.

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Source:: Business Insider


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