Trump Repeatedly Claims He Doesn’t Know Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker

10 November, 2018, 01:11 | Author: Courtney Perry
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Though Sessions was an early and prominent campaign backer of Trump, his departure letter lacked effusive praise for the president and made clear the resignation came "at your request". But now, Whitaker will oversee the Mueller probe and all other matters under the DOJ's purview.

"There is a very specific scope to this investigation", Whitaker said.

Trump was asked about Robert Mueller's probe, and he replied: "I didn't speak to Matt Whitaker about it".

"You must be aware that your public comments criticizing Mr. Mueller's investigation have been widely circulated", the attorneys general wrote to Whitaker. Organizers say the naming of Whitaker as acting attorney general is a "deliberate attempt to obstruct the special counsel's investigation".

Those include an op-ed in which he said Mueller would be straying outside his mandate if he investigated Trump family finances and a talk radio interview in which he maintained that there was no evidence of collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign.

Whitaker, according to sources, is now overseeing everything at the Justice Department, including the Russian Federation investigation - despite calls from Democrats to recuse himself.

Laura Bottorff, of Valparaiso, said she is afraid that Mueller's report will be hidden from the American people.

President Donald Trump sought to distance himself from the Justice Department official he just named as acting attorney general in the face of mounting criticism about the legality and propriety of his appointment.


The sources also told the Post they do not believe Whitaker would approve any subpoena of Trump as part of that probe. Whitaker has been at the White House dozens of times, including in meetings with Trump, and the two have spoken by phone on several occasions, including on the day that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was expected to be fired.

Graham at the time said: "Any effort to go after Mueller could be the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency". Trump, a frequent critic of Acosta, said the reporter was a "very unprofessional guy" and insisted: "I don't think he's a smart person, but he's got a loud voice".

President Trump has been saying for 18 months that he wanted to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Trump said he had not discussed the case with Whitaker.

But Heide Moore, of Cottonwood, said she wasn't surprised at the turnout. "That also happens to be my view". "A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date".

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is said to be a candidate, along with Labor Secretary Alex Acosta and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, among others.

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.

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