Acting AG Whitaker signals Mueller probe will continue


U.S. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Thursday that acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who now oversees a probe of whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation, told him he had no concerns about Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation. He added that the investigators are threatening Americans to provide the answers they want.

The senator's comments come after Washington has repeatedly accused Russian Federation of meddling in the 2016 presidential election in order to influence the results of the vote in favour of then-Republican candidate Donald Trump. The US president branded Mueller as conflicted, adding those involved in the inquiry are a disgrace to the country.

Donald Trump raged at the Mueller investigation in a set of tweets on Thursday morning: "The inner workings of the Mueller investigation are a total mess". In a separate tweet, he slammed what he called social media's unfavorable coverage of his administration and the Republicans.

He then brought in reports of media bias among the major tech companies: "Check out how biased Facebook, Google and Twitter are in favor of the Democrats".

It is unclear what was behind his latest comments and Mr Trump did not provide any evidence for his claims.

Trump's Thursday tweetstorm also comes as the special counsel reportedly prepares to drop more indictments that could come as soon as this week. There is the feeling in Washington of an impending storm, of threats to the presidency from the outside and within.

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Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker was appointed to replace Jeff Sessions, who had recused himself from the Mueller probe while attorney general.

"I thought (Rubio) was someone who was more principled and Reaganesque and would speak up for American democracy", Boot asserted.

Whitaker's appointment following the firing of Jeff Sessions last week has been slammed by Democrats as potentially unconstitutional, as well as an effort to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller, whose investigation Whitaker has publicly criticized.

He also came after another favorite target: FAKE NEWS.

Instead of merely railing against the investigation as "witch hunt", the president had specific criticisms of the investigators' behavior, leveling a more pointed critique against the Mueller team than he often does. The almost year and a half long probe by the special counsel stems from allegations that Russian Federation may have coordinated with members of the Trump presidential campaign.