Collins: Whitaker Appointment Means Senate Needs to Protect Mueller

12 November, 2018, 19:06 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • In U.S. midterm elections on Tuesday Democrats took control of the House of Representatives while Republicans held the Senate

Top US Democrats demanded that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker recuse himself from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, citing hostile statements toward the probe and alleging he has multiple conflicts of interest.

Mr Trump's adviser Kellyanne Conway defended Mr Whitaker, she said: "Comments that Matt Whitaker made as a private citizen on cable TV does not disqualify him from being fair and impartial by overseeing this investigation". He was ordered to hand in his resignation to the president on Wednesday, the day after Republicans lost control of the House...

He said that for Pelosi, however, the speaker's gavel is her "white whale", and she can't let it go. "He's already prejudged the Mueller situation". "Mr Whitaker needs to understand that he will be called to answer".

Whitaker has faced pressure from Democrats to recuse himself from overseeing Mueller based on the comments, which were made before he joined the Justice Department past year.

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"Look, I believe there will be enough of our Republican colleagues who will join us".

McConnell, separately, said, "I think this will be a very interim AG".

Crowds also turned out in Chicago; Greensboro, North Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee, and many other places. "Although Mr. Rosenstein remains in charge of day-to-day oversight, Mr. Whitaker has the authority to intervene at any time in contrast to the recusal of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions", Collins said. Mr Whitaker served as chairman of Mr Clovis's failed campaign for Iowa state treasurer in 2014.

Much of the commentary about Mr. Whitaker's appointment has focused on all sorts of technical points about the Vacancies Reform Act and Justice Department succession statutes. The president and his attorneys are confident there are "at least three or four ways this appointment does pass muster", she said on Fox.



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