No Russia probe discussion with Jeff Sessions' replacement Matt Whitaker

10 November, 2018, 03:55 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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The Mueller investigation is looking into alleged foreign government efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and includes possible links between Trump's campaign and the Russian government. Under former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the investigation was overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

After news broke Wednesday that Trump had forced Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign, leaders of the group United for Action of Central Florida made a decision to act.

Even after he arrived at the Justice Department, Whitaker harbored frustration about the length of the special counsel probe and doubts about the scope of Mueller's authority, a person familiar with the matter said.

Jeff Sessions imminent departure as attorney general was expected, as he had been repeatedly criticized by Trump for recusing himself from the investigation of potential collusion between the president's campaign and Russian Federation.

"Matt Whitaker worked for Jeff Sessions and he was always extremely highly thought of and he still is but I didn't know Matt Whitaker", Mr. Trump said.

Trump dismissed concern that Whitaker had not been confirmed by the Senate by noting Mueller had not been confirmed either.

Toomey said he had no reason to think the Mueller probe would be disrupted.

In Bloomington, many protesters held cardboard signs reading "Nobody Is Above the Law", "Protect Mueller Protect Democracy" and other statements in support of the Mueller probe. Whitaker's writings do not fall under that requirement in the White House's view, though by Thursday evening senior officials were growing uneasy about the negative press coverage of Whitaker's previous comments about Mueller.

U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer cast doubt on the legality of Whitaker's appointment and sent Trump a list of questions about the move.

The Justice Department didn't immediately return a request for comment late Friday. "But I watch you a lot - you ask a lot of stupid questions".

Speaking in Kentucky on Friday, McConnell said he expects acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker to be "a very interim" attorney general.

"I didn't speak to Matt Whitaker about it".

"Have a discussion about getting this on the schedule, and let's get this wrapped up, that would be my preference", Toomey told reporters at an unrelated event in Emmaus.

"The firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions would be one step short of the break glass moment", the organizers wrote before that became a reality on Wednesday. Serving as a special counsel does not require Senate confirmation by statute.



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