United States acting attorney general Whitaker urged to recuse himself from Russian Federation probe

Calvin Saunders
November 10, 2018

Speaking to reporters Friday, Trump said: "I don't know Matt Whitaker". But now, Whitaker will oversee the Mueller probe and all other matters under the DOJ's purview.

In a letter saying Trump's ouster of Sessions has put the country "in the throes of a constitutional crisis", House Judiciary Committee Democrats demanded emergency hearings on the change of command at the Justice Department and called for bipartisan legislation to protect Mueller from any effort to stymie his investigation.

In a statement Thursday, the Republican said Whitaker is a "steady hand that will provide good leadership and judgment, and will ensure that the United States Department of Justice upholds the highest standards of the rule of law".

Whitaker, chief of staff to Sessions, was named acting attorney general after Sessions tendered his resignation at the president's request.

Several of Stone's associates have been subpoenaed by a grand jury in recent months, as part of Mueller's probe into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation. He said it did not take a lawyer or former federal prosecutor to recognize that any inquiry into Trump's finances "falls completely outside of the realm of his 2016 campaign and allegations that the campaign coordinated with the Russian government or anyone else".

The piece also makes the case that Mueller does not have "far-reaching powers in this investigation".

"I haven't even thought about it", Trump said.

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U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer cast doubt on the legality of Whitaker's appointment and sent Trump a list of questions about the move.

The sources also told the Post they do not believe Whitaker would approve any subpoena of Trump as part of that probe.

"I don't know Matt Whitaker, Matt Whitaker worked for Jeff Sessions", told reporters when asked about the official.

"I think there are people who are hungry to show they are scared for their country", "It's one day after the election, we're all exhausted ... and I don't think the timing of the announcement from the (Trump) administration is an accident".

Former attorney general Jeff Sessions, an early supporter of President Trump, was forced out a day after this week's midterm elections. The president's legal team and Mueller's team have been negotiating over the terms of possible questions for the president, although it's still unclear whether Mr. Trump will ever sit down with Mueller for an interview.

Boone said the protestors want to see the Mueller probe protected, and its final conclusions released to the public. Their chants said "Hey hey, ho ho, Whitaker has got to go", or "This is what democracy looks like".

"This is not just about firing Jeff Sessions", Jayapal said, "It is about putting in place somebody who has already clearly demonstrated that he can't oversee this investigation".

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