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Crowd gathers in Rock Hill to protest Trump’s firing of Sessions

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Activists across the Bay Area Thursday evening were protesting President Donald Trump's replacement of his attorney general after embattled former Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned on Wednesday.

When asked if Whitaker should recuse himself, Prior said, "No, I think there is no reason to recuse".

The rally took place at Thomas Paine Plaza as people joined in a nationwide protest to respond to the hiring of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general.

The demonstrators believe that special counsel Robert Mueller should continue the investigation into what role Russian Federation played in the 2016 presidential election. Organizers say the naming of Whitaker as acting attorney general is a "deliberate attempt to obstruct the special counsel's investigation". He called Trump's recent actions "a rerun of the 'Saturday Night Massacre, ' " a reference to the October 20, 1973 resignations of the attorney general and deputy attorney general after each refused an order by President Richard Nixon to fire Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox.

In the president's orbit, there remains some concern about his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., though there are no outward indications that charges are imminent, according to a Republican close to the White House not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.

"It would create a constitutional crisis if this were a prelude to ending or greatly limiting the Mueller investigation", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

"There is no case for obstruction of justice because the president has all the power of the executive and delegates that to people like the Federal Bureau of Investigation director and the attorney general", Whitaker argued. During that time, Mueller secured indictments or guilty pleas from more than 30 people, including Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn - all steps that were taken with Rosenstein's approval. When Comey ran the FBI, Trump asked him whether he was a target in the Russian Federation meddling investigation.

Whitaker could also keep the president closely informed about the probe.

Trump abruptly altered the chain of command above Mueller on Wednesday, putting his work under the supervision of a Republican loyalist who has been openly skeptical of the special counsel's authority and has mused about ways to curtail his power.

A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment.

Supporters of the investigation around the country argue that Whitaker, who was given oversight of the special counsel probe after Sessions was forced out, has already shown that he will impede the crucial investigation, and that Trump's move is clear evidence of obstruction of justice. Mueller's direct spending during that period was about $4.5 million.

Ms Pelosi added she will wait for the outcome of the special counsel investigation but noted that a call for impeachment "would have to be bipartisan, and the evidence would have to be so conclusive". The group also urged people to pressure Congress to protect the Mueller investigation.

Two days after he hired a transparent political hack to run the Justice Department, President Trump has failed to come up with a remotely plausible cover story. Mueller's budget isn't affected by a current stopgap spending measure that expires on December 9.

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