In an op-ed in August previous year he publicly urged Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein - who oversees the probe - to "limit the scope of his investigation to the four corners of the order appointing him special counsel".
They said the acting attorney general Trump appointed, Matthew Whitaker, a former US attorney from Iowa, should recuse himself because he is on record saying Mueller's investigation of Trump's 2016 campaign should be constrained.
Activists gathered on short notice Thursday across the suburbs and the nation to protest the forced resignation of former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and decry the effects they fear his ouster could have on the investigation into Russian election meddling. He once opined about a situation in which Trump could fire Sessions and then appoint an acting attorney general who could stifle the funding of Mueller's probe.
Moscow denies interfering in the 2016 election.
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Despite Trump's current distancing himself from Whitaker, two Republicans close to the president said he had enjoyed Whitaker's TV appearances and the two had struck a bond.
"When this happened yesterday, people started mobilizing very quickly", said Margaret Foley, the communications director for Nasty Women Get Shit Done PDX. Whitaker's writings do not fall under that requirement in the White House's view, though by Thursday evening senior officials were growing uneasy about the negative press coverage of Whitaker's previous comments about Mueller.
The rally in Champaign was one of more than 900 protests against Trump's actions across the U.S. They were supported by both Indivisible and MoveOn, another progressive advocacy group frequently critical of the president and the Republican Party. Look, it's the Department of Justice investigation; it's not a congressional investigation. But you know what I do?
"I think fundamentally this investigation by Bob Mueller needs to be limited", Whitaker said during an interview with Sean Hannity in 2017. Whitaker is poised to take over the Russian Federation investigation, a probe he has criticized in the past.
McConnell said the Senate would begin work processing the nomination of a new attorney general as soon as a name is sent over for advice and consent.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (ROH'-zen-styn) previously oversaw the probe.