Trump is warned not to meddle in Russian Federation investigation

US President Donald Trump's decision to oust Attorney General Jeff Sessions and replace him with a noted critic of Special Counsel Robert Mueller raised immediate fears among Democrats about the future of Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

When asked whether Whitaker would now assume control over the Mueller investigation, U.S. Justice Department spokesperson Sarah Flores said Whitaker would be "in charge of all matters" under the purview of the department.

They also sent a letter telling the Justice Department to preserve "all materials related to any investigations by the special counsel's office" and the "departure of Attorney General Sessions".

President Donald Trump distanced himself Friday from his new acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, whose past business ties and comments on the Russian Federation investigation and other topics have drawn scrutiny.

To this point, Trump has heeded advice not to directly interfere, though a new chapter in the relationship with the probe may have begun with the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as new acting attorney general.

"This only comes up because anybody who works for me, they automatically do a number on", he said.

It is accepted that Russia did attempt to interfere with the United States elections - something which Russian president Vladimir Putin denies.

Leonard Leo, the executive vice president of the Federalist Society, also recommended Whitaker for the post, sources said.

"When you no longer have Sessions as the attorney general and you have a new attorney general, Robert Mueller has a new boss", she said into a megaphone. But I didn't know Matt Whitaker. Obstruction of justice is defined as an official using their power corruptly to prevent an illegal act from being investigated.

When a reporter asked he if wanted Whitaker to rein in Mueller, he called it a 'stupid question.' Whitaker has spoken publicly about the need to rein in Mueller, and skeptics have called it the sole objective of his appointment.

Republicans did manage to keep hold of the Senate, and Trump has been playing off the election is a big win. The department said the components would have incurred those expenses even if the special counsel didn't exist - an indication of how embedded investigative activities are within the department. One associate, Jerome Corsi, said in a video recording Monday that he's "been involved in a really constant basis" for two months with Mueller's investigation.

But Clark said there was no clear enforcement action, like a lawsuit, that could force Whitaker to recuse himself if he declined to follow the rule.

Trump's selection of Whitaker as acting AG (Sessions had recused himself from oversight of the Mueller investigation) drew immediate fire, as Whitaker has already established himself as a highly partisan Trump loyalist.

Moscow has denied USA security agencies' allegations that it interfered in the election in a bid to help Trump. She said the "resistance" needs to be ready to react if Trump fires Mueller.

If Sen. Graham is appointed chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he says he'll make sure President Trump's appointee gets confirmed as soon as possible. A person familiar with the matter said he got on the White House's radar via conservative circles in Iowa, his TV appearances and his connections with the Federalist Society and other conservative groups.