Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Politics | Acting Attorney General Whitaker Won’t Recuse Himself From Russia Inquiry Supported by ByKatie Benner Dec. 20, 2018 WASHINGTON — Matthew G. Whitaker, the acting attorney general, has decided not to recuse himself from the Russia investigation, despite being advised otherwise by a career ethics official, according to a senior Justice Department official. Mr. Whitaker will now have final say over any major developments made in that inquiry. The deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, who has been overseeing the investigation while Mr. Whitaker spoke with ethics lawyers, will continue to manage it day to day, said the official, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Mr. Whitaker has not yet been briefed on any aspect of the investigation, although one of his advisers has … [Read more...] about Acting Attorney General Whitaker Won’t Recuse Himself From Russia Inquiry
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Last Updated Nov 13, 2018 1:39 PM EST If the ouster of Attorney General Jeff Sessions wasn't enough to elicit concern from Trump critics in Washington, replacing him with Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker certainly has.While President Trump searches for a permanent appointment for attorney general — something Trump ally Sen. Lindsey Graham says will likely happen "early next year" — Whitaker oversees special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling and any ties to Trump associates. Democrats are already urging Whitaker to recuse himself from the investigation, given Whitaker's public remarks on television and in print criticizing the scope and authority of Mueller's investigation. But Mr. Trump never forgave Sessions for recusing himself from the investigation, and publicly and repeatedly berated his attorney general for doing so. Whitaker has given no indication that he intends to recuse himself after assuming the oversight baton from … [Read more...] about What can and can’t Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker do about Mueller?
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Nov. 12, 2018 / 10:18 PM GMT By Pete Williams WASHINGTON — The state of Maryland plans to ask a federal judge on Tuesday for an order declaring that Rod Rosenstein is the acting attorney general — not Matt Whitaker, who was appointed to that position last week after the forced resignation of Jeff Sessions. If the judge does as Maryland asks, ruling that Whitaker cannot serve as attorney general, it would be a blow to President Donald Trump, who bypassed Rosenstein in favor of someone who has repeatedly criticized Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian election meddling. The Justice Department would immediately appeal any such ruling, and the case could be on a fast track to the Supreme Court. Whitaker's appointment has been widely criticized because he now oversees the special counsel's investigation into Russian election … [Read more...] about State of Maryland asks judge to declare Rosenstein acting attorney general
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Jeff Sessions' resignation as attorney general (all times local): 7:10 p.m. The new acting attorney general says he's honored that President Donald Trump has confidence in his ability to lead the Justice Department. Matthew Whitaker said in a statement Wednesday that he is committed to "leading a fair department with the highest ethical standards, that upholds the rule of law, and seeks justice for all Americans." Whitaker says Jeff Sessions, who was forced out Wednesday, has been a "dedicated public servant for over 40 years." He calls Sessions a man of integrity "who has served this nation well." Whitaker became acting attorney general after Sessions resigned from the Justice Department. Sessions said in his resignation letter that the move was made at Trump's request. __ 5:55 p.m. Jeff Sessions has left the Justice Department for his last time as attorney general. Sessions walked out Wednesday evening to applause from more than 150 employees who … [Read more...] about The Latest: Acting attorney general says he’s honored
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, R-N.Y., told President Donald Trump he sees no reason why Matthew Whitaker was named acting attorney general. Schumer’s comments came in a letter to the president on Friday. “Your decision this week to dismiss Attorney General Jeff Sessions and name a Justice Department staff member, Mr. Matthew Whitaker, as Acting Attorney General raises a number of questions regarding the propriety and even the constitutionality of that action,” he said. “ I am writing to request answers to questions about the motivations behind this appointment and your authority to make it. “ “The statutory line of succession within the Department of Justice provides that the Deputy Attorney General serves as Acting Attorney General in the case of a vacancy in the Office of Attorney General. Yet, without offering any explanation to Congress or the public, you ignored the statutory line of succession and chose to reply on the … [Read more...] about Schumer to Trump: Why Is Whitaker Acting Attorney General?