As trump replaced Sessions with a senior aide, Matthew Whitaker, a critic of Mueller’s inquiry, senator Susan Collins was amongst the first Republicans to warn "It is imperative that the administration not impede the Mueller investigation… special counsel Mueller must be allowed to complete his work without interference.
Mitt Romney, who won the race on Tuesday to become a senator for Utah, aimed his first broadside at trump, tweeting: ‘It is imperative that the important work of the Justice Department continues, and that the Mueller investigation proceeds to its conclusion unimpeded’.
As progressives activated a plan for mass protests across the United States, starting at 5pm Thursday in all time zones, the former CIA chief, John Brennan, predicted that it was likely Mueller had already completed his report for the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, who was yesterday relieved of his duty overseeing the investigation into Russian election interference and any collusion with the Trump campaign.
His departure came hours after he received a White House call ordering him to resign. He was replaced by his former chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, who has previously called for Mueller’s investigating to be defunded and reined in.