"I just retired a couple years ago, and I made a decision to get more active", O'Neill said. The woman likely set to be the next House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, being was one of them, tweeting; "Given his record of threats to undermine & weaken the Russian Federation investigation, Matthew Whitaker should recuse himself".
"He's, probably from what I hear, a very strong person, a very strong personality", Trump added.
Holding signs and banners with statements like "Protect Mueller Investigation" and "Protect Democracy From Our President!" the crowd chanted "no one is above the law" and "ho-ho, hey-hey, Robert Mueller's got to stay". That would include specifying that only a Senate-confirmed Justice Department official - which Whitaker is not - could dismiss Mueller.
Rally organizers are demanding that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker immediately commit not to assume supervision of the investigation because he has publicly outlined strategies to stifle the investigation and can not be allowed to remain in charge of it.
The Mueller investigation appears to have advanced prior to the midterm elections, Allen said in a note, but Whitaker will likely immediately take steps to limit the scope and duration of the probe.
However, while Sessions was at the helm of the Justice Department, they reasoned Mueller's investigation was safe since he had recused himself from overseeing it because of his role in Trump's campaign.
In an interview with The Washington Times last week, Mr. Trump said he had just wrapped up a meeting with Mr. Whitaker and others on election security at the White House.
The piece also makes the case that Mueller does not have "far-reaching powers in this investigation".
Whitaker himself stayed out of the public debate Friday.
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"I could fire everybody right now, but I don't want to stop it because politically I don't like stopping it", Trump said.
"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).
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.
Since a year ago, Rosenstein has overseen the investigation because Sessions, a key Trump surrogate in 2016, recused himself from dealing with matters involving the campaign.
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".
On Thursday, Toomey said he knew Sessions to be "a very good man", but that the attorney general has to have the full confidence of the president.
Trump does know Whitaker, and has spoken about the Russian Federation investigation with him.
"The president has said repeatedly he's not going to dismiss the Mueller investigation", McConnell told reporters at Kentucky's Capitol. "That also happens to be my view".