‘I don’t know Matt Whitaker,’ Trump says of new acting attorney general

‘I don’t know Matt Whitaker,’ Trump says of new acting attorney general

Given how President Donald Trump has picked someone on record as slamming Robert Mueller's investigation and talking about cutting off its funds to be the acting Attorney General (following the firing of Jeff Sessions), a lot of people are now obviously anxious about Mueller potentially being in danger.

President Donald Trump said on Friday (Nov 9) he had not discussed the probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election with Matt Whitaker before appointing him as acting attorney-general, and it was up to Whitaker whether he wanted to be involved with the investigation.

Since Wednesday, Whitaker has faced pressure from Democrats to recuse himself from overseeing Mueller based on critical comments he made about the investigation before joining the Justice Department previous year.

On the Senate side, outgoing Republican Jeff Flake is pushing for legislation to protect Mueller. The bill would give special counsels a 10-day window to seek review of a firing.

When asked directly about Flake's push for actual legislation, McConnell responded, "It's not gonna come up because it isn't necessary".

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".

President Donald Trump incorrectly claimed special counsel Robert Mueller's appointment was unconstitutional because he was not confirmed by the Senate.

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".




Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday sent a letter to Trump questioning the legality of Whitaker's appointment, since he was not confirmed by the Senate.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump defended his choice of Whitaker, saying the former United States attorney for the southern district of Iowa had an excellent reputation and came highly recommended by former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, who is now Trump's ambassador to China.

"I don't know Matt Whitaker", Trump said. As Mueller's new boss, Whitaker is expected to take charge of oversight over the ongoing Russian Federation investigation, including approval of budget decisions and subpoenas.

Whitaker, a Republican Party loyalist and chief of staff to just-ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions, was elevated Wednesday after his boss was forced from his job by Trump.

He also called Whitaker "a very highly respected man".

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.

"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.

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