That set off immediate alarm bells: Whitaker has been overtly critical of the broad scope granted to Mueller's team to probe beyond allegations Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in 2016, into other ties between Trump, his family and aides, and Russian Federation - an investigation the president calls a "witch hunt".
CNN followed the Axios story with: "Whitaker backlash prompts concern at the White House", in which it reports, based on anonymous sources, that "there is a growing concern inside the White House over the negative reaction to Matthew Whitaker being tapped as acting attorney general after Jeff Sessions' abrupt firing".
"Since the day I was honored to be sworn in as attorney general of the United States, I came to work at the Department of Justice every day determined to do my duty and serve my country", Sessions wrote.
In a CNN op-ed past year, Whitaker wrote, "Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russian Federation 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing".
The investigation has produced 32 criminal charges and guilty pleas from four former Trump aides. "I say that given the fact the President was asked the question in the press conference this morning - he brushed it off, said 'we'll deal with it later'".
We also don't know what Mueller's investigation has found.
But there has also been speculation Trump could try to kill or suppress the 18 month-old probe, pressing his view that Mueller leads a team staffed by Democrats operating under an illegal mandate. Miller's legal team was given a similar order by the court for a legal brief regarding the impact of Sessions' firing and Whitaker's appointment. The undated letter was then sent to the White House. "I don't know Matt Whitaker", Trump said.
Rosenstein remains at the department and could still be involved in oversight.
Whitaker and White House chief of staff John Kelly developed a close relationship too.
"Our democracy is really at risk when you have a president who is not held accountable and seems to believe that he is above the law, and that's what we're out here saying, no one is above the law, and if we don't stop this now, we're really going to have a constitutional crisis", Hale said.
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"I'm profoundly concerned about it", he said.
Still, protesters locally and nationwide gathered to oppose his decision to require Sessions' resignation. The moment the Democrats clinched the required 23 seats to retake the lower chamber; they were readying the various probes into this presidency-and the left wing harassment of this administration is about to begin.
The comments from Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came as Whitaker's past business ties and remarks on special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation and other topics were drawing scrutiny from Democrats and ethics groups.
"Mr. Whitaker is a political appointee who is not serving in a Senate-confirmed position in the Justice Department".
"You must be aware that your public comments criticizing Mr. Mueller's investigation have been widely circulated".
"People want to see the rule of law preserved and they [local protestors] want to emphasize that nobody is above that, not the president, not anybody", Forsythe said.
Some Democrats quickly demanded that Whitaker, as well, should recuse himself from supervising Mueller, as Sessions did.
Florida attorney general Pam Bondi, who has appeared with Trump at campaign events, has also been floated.
A few members of Congress have discussed reviving proposed legislation soon that would enshrine protections for Mueller in law. Sen.
Gonzales's comments add to a chorus of criticism that has faced the Whitaker appointment since Jeff Sessions announced on Wednesday that he was resigning as attorney general at the request of the president.