Schumer sent a letter to the Justice Department on Sunday along with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats that calls for Lee Lofthus, an assistant attorney general and the department's chief ethics officer, to disclose whether he had advised Whitaker to recuse himself from oversight of the probe. … [Read more...] about Democrats Seek Ways to Protect Mueller Probe From Acting Attorney General Whitaker
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Trump largely blames Sessions’ decision for opening the door to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller, who took over the Russia investigation and began examining whether Trump’s hectoring of Sessions was part of a broader effort to obstruct justice. … [Read more...] about US Attorney General Jeff Sessions Resigns At President Trump’s Request; Matthew Whitaker Appointed Acting Attorney General
Whitaker seemed to foresee what happened on Wednesday when he told CNN in July of 2017 he “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 almost a halt." … [Read more...] about Will Acting Attorney General Whitaker Fire Mueller?
The Justice Department has concluded that Matt Whitaker, appointed by President Donald Trump as the acting attorney general, had no reason to recuse and is overseeing Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation, a person familiar with the decision on Thursday told NBC News. … [Read more...] about Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker Cleared to Oversee Mueller Investigation: Source
The challenge with claiming that Whitaker has a "personal" or "political" relationship with Trump is that many people are appointed to positions because they have curried favor with an executive. The fact that Whitaker commented on television about the Mueller investigation might indicate bias, but it's hard to say if that rises to the level of a personal or political relationship, or an improper appearance of partiality. … [Read more...] about Should acting Attorney General Whitaker recuse himself from Mueller’s investigation?