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

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Protests in at least 900 cities nationwide, aimed at protecting Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, are planned for Thursday.

Overseeing it all is Whitaker, a former college football player and United States attorney from Iowa who was brought into the Justice Department previous year to serve as Sessions' chief of staff.

The New York Times reported in September that the Trump administration was prepared to name Whitaker as the No. 2 at the Justice Department should Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein resign. "That's why Cabinet Secretaries have Deputies".

Nathan Berry said she saw Trump's firing of Jeff Sessions as a clear undermining of the Russian probe.

That left Rosenstein overseeing the investigation, and he named Mueller as special counsel.

He has two other options: make a report on his conclusions for the House of Representatives, which has the power to impeach the president.

Trump forced the resignation of Sessions on Wednesday, a day after elections in which his fellow Republicans lost control of the House but increased their majority in the U.S. Senate. Whitaker was a vocal critic of the investigation prior to his appointment.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is being considered by President Trump to become the next US attorney general, two national news services are reporting.

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The rift lingered for the duration of Sessions' tenure, and the attorney general, despite praising the president's agenda and hewing to his priorities, never managed to return to Trump's good graces.

The switch, announced on Trump's Twitter feed, provoked consternation across Washington, where politicians from both sides of the aisle have long warned that political interference in Mueller's work can not be tolerated.

Rep. Jerry Nadler demanded an explanation immediately after the announcement.

Though the call-to-action was quick, the organization had been building an arsenal of demonstrators for the possibility of Trump ending the investigation for a year.

Sessions had been protected for much of his tenure by the support of Senate Republicans, including Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, who had said he would not schedule a confirmation hearing for another attorney general if Trump fired him. In either (or both cases), Trump appeared to take the relatively modest losses in the mid-term polls, supplemented by gains in the Senate, as a signal to further consolidate his position, premised on his view (and that of his supporters) that the President is all-powerful and can do no wrong in the originalist interpretation of the US Constitution.

Bondi's spokesman declined to say whether she is under consideration for the top Justice Department job. Christie served as the head of the presidential transition team for several months before being replaced Vice President Mike Pence shortly after Trump's upset victory.

Sessions, 71, has a long political history in Alabama.

An ever-more exasperated Trump ordered him to give up the mic and Acosta refused, with Trump branding him an "enemy of the people" and a "rude, bad person".

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