What Acting AG Matthew Whitaker Means For Investors

Hannah Rogers
November 10, 2018

Wednesday, Trump replaced Sessions, who had recused himself from overseeing Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, with acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who previously called Mueller's appointment "ridiculous", according to CNN.

Clovis, the 2016 Trump campaign national co-chairman, said in a May radio interview that he has been interviewed by the special counsel's team and had testified before the Mueller grand jury.

Inside the Department of Justice, President Donald Trump's newly - and dubiously - appointed Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is already being derided, according to a new report by the Daily Beast.

Democrats have slammed Whitaker's appointment to replace Sessions, arguing that Trump is trying to undermine Mueller and demanding that Whitaker recuse himself from supervising the Mueller investigation due to his writings and public comments attacking the investigation.

"Trump putting himself above the law is a threat to our democracy, and we've got to get Congress to stop him", the group said on its website.

Despite Trump's current distancing himself from Whitaker, two Republicans close to the president said he had enjoyed Whitaker's TV appearances and the two had struck a bond.

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

Sessions' firing immediately threw into question whether the 18 month old Mueller probe will be able to continue unimpeded. 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.

Whitaker is a former US attorney from Iowa who founded a law firm with other Republican Party activists. On CNN a year ago, Whitaker envisioned Trump reducing Mueller's budget "so low that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt".

The mayor said the Senate's right tilt Tuesday night could pose a threat to the investigation. He added that Whitaker's role heading the Justice Department will be a brief one. Mueller's work has been overseen by the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein.

USA intelligence agencies have said Russian Federation interfered in the election in an attempt to tip it towards Trump and away from his Democratic opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

But as special counsel, Mueller didn't require Senate confirmation. He said Democrats were concerned about what the Trump administration might do next concerning the special counsel probe: "Anyone writing even a dime store novel knows what the next couple of steps are on this".

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