Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker Once Criticized Supreme Courts Power
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Trump reviewing his answers to Mueller as he changes who oversees the Russia investigation
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is attempting to explain his reversal on a 2017 threat that there would be holy hell to pay if President Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Although Sessions got the boot this week, Graham vowed instead to work with Trump to find a confirmable, worthy successor.
Its clear to me its not working, was not working, between Attorney General Sessions and President Trump, Graham said. So for months now, Ive been saying after the election, if the president wants to change attorney generals, he has every right to do so.
Whitaker has already come under fire for deeply critical views of special counsel Robert Muellers probe that hed made in the past. In an interview with CNN in 2017, he argued that the inquiry could be kneecapped if the attorney general just reduces his budget so low that the investigation grinds almost to a halt. In a separate editorial for CNN, he wrote that Muellers team had already gone too close to a red-line during the scope of the probe.
Graham also said that despite the changes at the Justice Department, special counsel Robert Mueller will be allowed to do his job and hopefully that investigation will come to a conclusion here pretty soon.
Flake announced the move Thursday, a day after President Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and replaced him with loyal ally Matt Whitaker. Whitaker is expected to oversee Muellers investigation into potential coordination between Trumps 2016 Republican campaign and Russia.
Washington (CNN)As he was preparing to remove Jeff Sessions as attorney general, President Donald Trump had already begun reviewing with his lawyers the written answers to questions from special counsel Robert Mueller.
After his treasury defeat, Mr. Whitaker worked in Iowa to secure the re-election of President George W. Bush. He coordinated the campaign’s efforts for the Iowa caucuses and racked up credits within the local Republican Party. He was able to parlay his campaign work into confirmation as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Iowa in 2004, despite never prosecuting a criminal case.