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

Lamar Ellis
November 10, 2018

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday suggested he would not allow a floor vote on legislation to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

President Donald Trump has fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions, replacing him with a Trump loyalist who has called special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation a "witch hunt".

Earlier Wednesday Trump denied he would shut down Mueller's team, but still labelled the investigation an illegal "witch hunt" that had spent "millions" of dollars.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill in April. They're wasting a lot of money, but I let it go on, because I don't want to do that. He's also citing the department's increased prosecutions for weapons and immigration offenses.

Trump announced via Twitter that Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker will be acting attorney general.

Napolitano said Whitaker, however, is not legally qualified for the role of acting attorney general because of "very precise laws" written by Congress in the wake of the Watergate scandal.

After Trump named Whitaker acting attorney general, a Justice Department spokeswoman said he would oversee all matters under the department's jurisdiction, including the Russian Federation investigation being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Conway is the husband of the top White House aide Kellyanne Conway. Mueller's work has been overseen by the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein.

"[Trump] is essentially trying to obstruct justice", said Cameron Mitchell Jr. with Democrats Abroad.

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Just to review how we got here, last year, Jeff Sessions recused himself from any investigations into the 2016 campaign. They could also call Mueller to testify and force him to divulge details from the 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.

Peskov says Sessions' departure isn't something for the Kremlin to weigh in on.

"We've seen this over and over again with the Trump administration". There have been indictments of 34 individuals and three companies, eight guilty pleas and one trial conviction.

Trump repeatedly emphasized that he did not know Whitaker, whom he had tapped on Wednesday to lead the Justice Department on a temporary basis after forcing Attorney General Jeff Sessions out of the job.

The commander in chief pushed back on claims Whitaker should have been confirmed by the Senate.

Demonstrators gathered outside the US consulate in Vancouver on Thursday in support of special counsel Robert Mueller.

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