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Meet Trump's New Acting Attorney General, Matthew Whitaker

09 November, 2018, 05:54 | Author: Ted Wilson
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President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that Matthew Whitaker would be appointed acting USA attorney general after Jeff Sessions resigned from the position just a day after the midterm elections.

Lucas further explained that while the Democrats will have a majority in the House, they will remain a minority in the upper house of Congress, the Senate, and would likely have to convince at least some Republicans to join them.

Some Republicans appear to have shared the Democrats' concern over the future of the inquiry, which is being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

He has also repeatedly criticized Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, which the Justice Department oversees, both in appearances as a CNN commentator and on Twitter.

Democrats see this latest move as an attempt to do just that.

Sessions, a Republican and former Alabama senator, has been the focus of public attacks by Trump, who criticized him for recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation because of his role on the Trump campaign team before becoming attorney general.

Of Sessions, Whitaker added he "has been a dedicated public servant for over 40 years".

To Mr Trump's great anger, on March 2, 2017, Mr Sessions recused himself from involvement in and oversight of the nascent Russia collusion investigation because of his own Russian contacts during the 2016 campaign.

When Sessions's previous chief of staff, Jody Hunt, was departing, Sessions brought Whitaker in for an interview and came to like him, the person said.

President Donald Trump listens to a question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, Nov. 7, 2018, in Washington.

Protesters' demands include having Whitaker recuse himself from overseeing Mueller's investigation, and for Congress to protect the probe with legislation.

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The president can not directly fire the special counsel.

"I don't know anything about (Whitaker)".

In that scenario, Mueller's budget could be reduced "so low that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt", Whitaker said during an interview with CNN in July 2017 before he joined the Justice Department.

The special counsel's team has been investigating Stone's connection to WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign and whether he had advance knowledge of the group's plans to release hacked material damaging to Democrat Hillary Clinton.

What does this mean for the Mueller probe?

Mueller has already spun off two cases like this.

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. As he steps into the new role, everyone is asking: Who is Matthew Whitaker? As acting attorney general, he will be well positioned to rein in the special counsel.

Those would be half-measures and insurance policies to limit damage.

Warner said it would be a "bright" red line crossed if Whitaker fires or hampers Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

There's some doubt about whether the president is right, but with the mid-terms behind him he could be itching to settle this Mueller business once and for all. But the former federal prosecutor went from being one of Trump's closest campaign advisers to an outcast.

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