In a 2017 interview on "The David Webb Show", first reported by Mother Jones, Whitaker argued that, amid reports Trump had asked former FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, there was no case for obstruction of justice regardless of President Donald Trump's motives because the president is entitled to make such calls with his inherent authority.
Trump Jr has been telling friends he is anxious about the possibility of an imminent indictment, three unnamed sources told Vanity Fair. Winning confirmation in the Senate may become easier because Republicans gained seats in Tuesday's midterm elections.
Bipartisan bills to protect Mueller from politically motivated removal have been introduced in the House and Senate.
"It's no surprise that Mr. Trump wants somebody to oversee the Mueller investigation".
The department confirmed he would be assuming oversight of the Mueller probe from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says the exit of Attorney General Jeff Sessions is "not a constitutional crisis".
Mueller declined to comment, according to his spokesman, Peter Carr.
Separately, Justice Department prosecutors in NY secured a guilty plea from Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who said the president directed him to arrange hush money payments before the 2016 election to two women who said they had sex with Trump. He added that it had "been a privilege" to work under Sessions.
The de facto firing, which came a day after Democrats gained control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections, raised fears that President Donald Trump may be stepping up efforts to shut down the Russian Federation investigation that has dogged his presidency for months.
"It should end because it's very bad for our country", he said. Rosenstein has said that he sees no justification to dismiss Mueller.
Sessions' chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, has been named as acting attorney general.
A political analyst in the state predicted Sessions would run for the seat. Mueller's team also has been pressing for an interview with Trump.
The possibility that Sessions was sacked could open Whitaker's appointment to court challenge by a range of people, including Mueller, impacted by his actions. 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.
But Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley praised Whitaker.