Thin ice for acting AG Whitaker? Trump says ‘I don’t know’ him

10 November, 2018, 06:13 | Author: Charlene Valdez
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Whitaker has publicly criticised the investigation as being too broad, and Democrats have called on him to recuse himself, saying his appointment this week appeared to be an effort by Trump to impede the investigation. "Whitaker was Senate confirmed when he was the US attorney from Iowa".

At the same time, Trump repeatedly emphasized in his remarks to reporters that he did not know Whitaker, whom he tapped to replace Sessions on a temporary basis.

While the Senate voted to confirm Whitaker to the position of US Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa in 2004, as Trump noted in his press conference, former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner pointed out on Twitter that since Whitaker is no longer serving in that role, a confirmation for a prior position does not make his current appointment constitutionally valid.

Trump said on Friday, as he was departing Washington for a trip to Paris, that he had not discussed the Mueller probe with Whitaker before appointing him, and it was up to Whitaker whether he wanted to be involved with the investigation.

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A Justice Department spokeswoman has said Whitaker would oversee all matters under the department's jurisdiction, including the Mueller investigation. McConnell said he expects Whitaker to be "a very interim" appointee.

Rosenstein told reporters Friday that based on his experiences with Whitaker, "I think he's a superb choice for attorney general". McConnell said he thinks the president will "pretty quickly" send the Senate a nominee for a new attorney general.

When posting the joint letter on Twitter, Maura Healey, Attorney General of MA, said that Whitaker's "hostility to the Special Councel's investigation disqualifies him from overseeing Robort Muller".

Democrats have called on Whitaker to recuse himself.

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But legal experts tell INSIDER that because Mueller is an "inferior officer" who reports to someone higher up in the Department of Justice and not the President, he does not require Senate confirmation.

"But because of all the conflicts, they didn't want to bring him before the Senate.so don't talk to me about Whitaker".

"He was very, very highly thought of, and still is highly thought of, but this only comes up because anybody that works for me, they do a number on them", Trump said.

Russian Federation has denied interfering, and Trump has repeatedly said there was no collusion between his campaign and Moscow, slamming the Mueller probe as a "witch hunt". "That also happens to be my view".

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As a result, former New Jersey governor Chris Christie has emerged as a strong contender, according to two former White House officials briefed on the ongoing discussions, one of whom predicted that "this is going to end up with Christie". And several sources said that Trump is in no particular hurry to fill his top law enforcement position.

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