US Dems warn Trump against blocking Mueller probe

Larry Hoffman
November 12, 2018

"Reasonable people disagree about the Constitution every single day, and I choose, because I'm in a position to do so, to give my advice and opinion to the President privately", she said.

Nadler called Whitaker "a complete political lackey" who is 'a real threat to the integrity of that investigation'.

The move made Whitaker supervisor of the investigation, which has hung over Trump's presidency.

"You ignored the statutory line of succession", Schumer said in a November 9 letter to Trump. "And I think it's important for the president to have this information out there fully, transparently, and accurately". That contradicted Trump's remarks on Fox News last month, when he called Whitaker "a great guy" and said, "I mean, I know Matt Whitaker".

In his new role, Whitaker will oversee special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

According to the Washington Post, Whitaker now has no intention of recusing himself from supervising the investigation.

Other speakers said Trump thought American voices would be silent after the midterm election and accused the president of attacking the rule of law.

Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker was asked to take the helm of the Justice Department until a new Attorney General is confirmed by the Senate.

Sessions recused himself from managing the investigation because of his own past involvement in the Trump campaign.

Whitaker's appointment comes as Trump's lawyers are putting the finishing touches on their written answers to a first round of questions from Mueller about potential collusion.

Whitaker, a former USA attorney from Iowa and a Hawkeye, has been an outspoken critic of the probe.

The former attorney general under President George W. Bush is voicing doubt about whether President Trump has the authority to appoint Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general, saying there are "legitimate questions" about whether the selection can stand without Senate confirmation.

Mr Whitaker's appointment came at a crucial moment.

She added that the Trump administration had been "compliant" with the investigation and that she "can't really blame" the president "if he doesn't" meet with Mueller.

Healey said in a tweet that a USA attorney general "must lead an empowered and independent Department of Justice".

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump defended his choice of Whitaker, saying the former USA 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". Whitaker was a vocal critic of the investigation prior to his appointment. The son of Cuban refugees, Acosta went to Harvard for both college and law school and clerked for the Supreme Court. Although Whitaker, 49, has been publicly critical of Mueller and suggested ways to curtail the probe, the interim AG has no plans to step aside from being in charge of Mueller, according to a person familiar with the matter who wasn't authorized to speak publicly. McConnell said Wednesday that the two had discussed how they might "find a way forward" in a divided Congress.

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