Friday, 16 November, 2018

Trump on new acting AG: "I don't know Matt Whitaker"

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Glenn Montgomery | 10 November, 2018, 03:56

The protest was part of the nationally organized "Nobody is Above the Law" movement, which vowed to hold protests nationwide if President Donald Trump took any steps that could jeopardize special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

A Justice Department spokeswoman has said Whitaker, who in the past has publicly criticized Mueller's probe as too broad, would oversee all matters under the department's jurisdiction, including that investigation.

The first was, we have heard leading Democrats, and now many people around the country today, saying Whitaker has to recuse himself because he has clearly expressed he's already made up his mind about Mueller's investigation.

"So with deference and respect to what the president's trying to do - he has every right to want whoever he wants to run the Justice Department - he has chosen someone who does not qualify under the law to be the acting attorney general of the United States", Napolitano said.

Donna Perdue, who organized the rally, said they were there to tell the president that even in Valparaiso they have a voice.

"He worships him", a longtime friend said of Whitaker and Trump. "I could say, 'That investigation is over".

Mueller was named special counsel by Rosenstein after Sessions recused himself from the probe.

At the same appearance this morning, CNN reporter Abby Phillip asked Trump if he wants Whitaker to rein in Robert Mueller.

In all likelihood, Whitaker will remain acting Attorney General until a new person can be confirmed to the post by the Senate, which likely won't come until February at the earliest.

Critics worry Whitaker may be unlikely or unwilling to defend the investigation, given his history of partisanship and loyalty to Trump. As Mueller's new boss, Whitaker is expected to take charge of oversight over the ongoing Russian Federation investigation, including approval of budget decisions and subpoenas.

Counselor to President Donald Trump Kellyanne Conway, is interviewed on television at the White House's North Lawn in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018.

In a cosigned letter, the attorneys general said that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe "must proceed free from interference". He sent a department-wide note after his appointment in which he said, "As we move forward, I am committed to leading a fair Department with the highest ethical standards, that upholds the rule of law, and seeks justice for all Americans".

He has two other options: make a report on his conclusions for the House of Representatives, which has the power to impeach the president.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (ROH'-zen-styn) previously oversaw the probe.

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