Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

What Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker has to do with Mueller's probe

What Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker has to do with Mueller's probe

More than 300 demonstrators flooded Portland's Monument Square on Thursday evening to protest President Trump's decision to oust Attorney General Jeff Sessions and replace him with Matthew Whitaker, a presidential loyalist who has openly criticized special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether anyone in Trump's 2016 campaign colluded with Russian Federation to influence the election.

Mr Whitaker has publicly criticised Mr Mueller's conduct several times since the inquiry began in May past year and taken the side of Mr Trump, who has dismissed it... Rosenstein had the role of supervising the probe because of Sessions' recusal. Later, he was viewed as a likely pick for Trump's attorney general, but Sessions was given the job instead, leading to a cascade of "always the bridesmaid, never the bride" memes.

That drew criticism from Democrats in Congress because Whitaker, who would now take over responsibility for overseeing Mueller and his investigation, has been critical of the Mueller probe, saying it should be scaled back. They include his former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, and his former lawyer, Michael Cohen. What? Because he has an impression what the Mueller investigation should look like is different from what Senate and House Democrats believe?

Meanwhlie, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee say Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should continue oversight of the Mueller investigation. In the months before, Whitaker was a familiar presence on CNN, where he questioned Mueller's scope and reach.

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Critics worry Whitaker may be unlikely or unwilling to defend the investigation, given his history of partisanship and loyalty to Trump.

In cities across the country Thursday - including in Eugene and Portland - protesters gathered over Sessions' ousting and concerns about what that could mean for Mueller's investigation. "We have to get rid of Trump". "He would have to trump up some charges", Ohlin said.

Christie led now-US President Donald Trump's transition team following the 2016 presidential campaign. Thus far, however, there are no signs that he's willing to risk the president's wrath by following in Sessions's footsteps.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has walked back the vow he made a year ago that there would be "holy hell to pay" if President Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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"Because of all his conflicts, they didn't want to bring him before the Senate because he is very conflicted", Mr Trump told reporters at the White House, without giving any indication of what any conflicts might be. But it's unclear how this requirement operates in regard to the attorney general, who has no identifiable supervisor other than the president. "Unelected judges are deciding numerous issues of the day", he complained, adding that Marbury was a bad ruling and we should revisit the Court as "the final arbiter of constitutional issues".

As a result of Tuesday's midterm elections, the Republicans lost that control because although they kept the Senate, the Democratic Party seized the House of Representatives.

It is accepted that Russia did attempt to interfere with the USA elections - something which Russian president Vladimir Putin denies. Timothy Kaine (D-Va.) bested his Trump-endorsed Republican challenger, Prince William County Chairman Corey Stewart (R-Manassas).

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