Can Trump block the Mueller probe?

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The revelation about the investigation comes as Whitaker, a little-known Iowa Republican whose relationship with President Donald Trump led to his appointment Wednesday, appears prepared to seize control of the Robert Mueller special counsel investigation in spite of hisextensive remarks about the probe as a cable news commentator.

Trump told reporters Friday "I don't know Matt Whitaker" and said he didn't speak with Whitaker about special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

Inside the Department of Justice, President Donald Trump's newly - and dubiously - appointed Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is already being derided, according to a new report by the Daily Beast.

Trump, who has repeatedly said he has the authority for fire Mueller, an independent counsel appointed by the Justice Department, has frequently called the Russian Federation investigation a "witch hunt" and complained that Sessions had done nothing to rein it in.

Given that Trump publicly demanded his last attorney general stop Mueller, and that Whitaker has publicly called for Mueller's last supervisor to reign him in, this seems like a fair question.

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"I haven't even thought about it", Trump said.

Sessions had been an avid supporter from the beginning of the Trump campaign, but ran afoul of the President when he recused himself from the probe on Russia's interference after it was revealed that Sessions had had two meetings with the former ambassador from Russia, Sergey Kislyak. "I could say, 'That investigation is over".

Critics of the Mueller probe, including Whitaker, argue it has gone too far.

While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Conway explained President Trump is not planning to use the resignation as a way to shut down the Mueller probe.

Trump then tried to take a shot against Mueller for not being "Senate confirmed" - while also claiming that Whitaker, the former u.s. attorney for Iowa, has been.

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"The Saturday Night Massacre refers to the firing of Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox by President Richard Nixon".

"Have a discussion about getting this on the schedule, and let's get this wrapped up, that would be my preference", Toomey told reporters at an unrelated event in Emmaus.

Protestor Gayle Gingrich said she feels more hopeful after Democrats won a majority in the House of Representatives in the midterm elections. Both refused and resigned, before Solicitor General Robert Bork, third in command at the Department of Justice, agreed to fire Cox. That would include specifying that only a Senate-confirmed Justice Department official - which Whitaker is not - could dismiss Mueller.

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