Rather than a show of support for Sessions, the protests are backing special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
Trump told associates that he felt that Whitaker would be "loyal" and would not have recused himself from the Russian Federation probe as Sessions had done, according to two Republicans close to the White House not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations. One was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in April, making it eligible for a full Senate vote.
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.
Mr Sessions resigned at the request of the president.
Protest organizers-a coalition that includes MoveOn, Rise and Resist, and PEN America-will demand that the House Judiciary Committee immediately begin hearings into the president for obstruction, and that the Senate establish a "Watergate-type Select Committee" to investigate Trump's ties with Russian Federation.
"So I could see a scenario where Jeff Sessions is replaced with a recess appointment and that attorney general doesn't fire Bob Mueller, but he just reduces his budget to so low that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt", Whitaker said during an interview with CNN in July 2017.
A separate letter from the Democrats called on Whitaker to recuse himself and keep the Mueller investigation under the supervision of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, a career Justice Department official who has given the special counsel full scope to pursue leads.
The investigation until now has been overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller previous year and granted him fairly broad authority.
The Mueller investigation has so far produced 32 criminal charges and four guilty pleas from Trump associates.
The president can not directly fire the special counsel.
Both Whitaker and Clovis are rooted in Iowa politics, and both ran for the 2014 Republican Senate nomination.
Justice Department rules on special counsels set boundaries on how Mueller could be removed.
Sessions endured most of the name-calling in silence, though he did issue two public statements defending the department, including one in which he said he would serve "with integrity and honor" for as long as he was in the job.
Never in modern history has a president attacked a Cabinet member as frequently and harshly in public as Trump did Sessions, 71, who had been one of the first members of Congress to back his presidential campaign in 2015.
Sessions, who likely suspected his ouster was imminent, was spotted by reporters giving some of his grandchildren a tour of the White House over the weekend. "He has no reason to recuse himself", Malcolm told VOA.
Mueller has likely gathered thousands of hours of interviews and sworn testimony, including from some former top lieutenants of Trump who agreed to testify in exchange for lighter sentences in their own cases.
A copy of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' resignation letter is photographed in Washington on an image of the exterior of the Justice Department.
"If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level".
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