Democrats seek emergency hearings on Trump’s ouster of Jeff Sessions

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Thousands of people are marching from Times Square to Union Square on Thursday evening in solidarity with nationwide protests demanding Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker recuse himself from the special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, fearing he will end or limit the investigation.

The forced resignation of Jeff Sessions as attorney general has caused profound leadership changes at the Justice Department, above all affecting oversight of the investigation into ties between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

The Pennsylvania lawmaker answered questions about changes atop the Justice Department a day after Jeff Sessions resigned as attorney general at the president's request.

The department's No. 2, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, took over and appointed Mueller after Trump fired then-FBI Director James Comey in May 2017. Schumer and Democrat Nancy Pelosi, who is likely to become House speaker next year, called on Whitaker to recuse himself, with Schumer citing "his previous comments advocating defunding and imposing limitations on the Mueller investigation".

Mitt Romney, the Republican Party's 2012 presidential nominee who won the Utah race on Tuesday to become a United States senator, also said Mueller's probe should not be affected by Sessions' dismissal.

A replacement for Mr Mueller though would have no such constraints, potentially allowing Mr Trump to hamstring the investigators.

The president asked for Sessions' resignation earlier this week following the midterm elections.

Robert Mueller's investigation is probing allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.

Whitaker also worked on Sam Clovis's failed campaign for Iowa state treasurer in 2014 after both of them ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate. He has been interviewed as part of Mueller's probe.

"All leader McConnell has to do is bring it to the floor for a vote and I think we can lay all this anxiety to rest", King said Thursday.

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The special counsel's office upheld a long-standing Justice Department guideline that calls for discretion in taking legal or law enforcement measures within 60 days of an election in an effort to avoid the impression of attempting to sway voters.

Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway suggested on Thursday morning that the question of whether Whitaker will recuse himself is absurd.

"Committees will also be investigating Attorney General Sessions' departure".

That left Whitaker in charge, at least for now, though Democrats, including Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen.

"Trump putting himself above the law is a threat to our democracy, and we've got to get Congress to stop him", the group said on its website.

"Trump's actions are being compared with those of U.S. President Richard Nixon in one of the most controversial episodes of the Watergate scandal, the Saturday Night Massacre", said organizers.

Trump saw the move as a betrayal and frequently and publicly criticised Sessions for making the decision to recuse himself.

"We'll see what happens over the next few days, but it is a concern because (Preisdent Donald Trump) obviously was unhappy with Jeff Sessions because of his recusal, but Jeff Sessions did what the law required him to do", King said in an interview at the school.

"The president's actions have plunged the country into peril", the Democrats added.

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