Trump Team Tapped Matt Whitaker Last Year

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The Dems may have taken the House but the news cycle still belongs to Trump

The replacement of Jeff Sessions with Trump loyalist Matthew Whitaker, who has parroted the president in calling Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation a "witch hunt" and speculated about how an AG might effectively kill the probe by starving it of funds, brings the country to the cusp of an emergency.

The group Nobody Is Above The Law said on its website that the protests are planned in cities across the 5 p.m. local time Thursday, and added that Trump "crossed a red line".

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.

In the president's orbit, there remains some concern about his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., though there are no outward indications that charges are imminent, according to a Republican close to the White House not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations. Trump argues that since Whitaker was confirmed 14 years ago as the US attorney for southern Iowa, he doesn't need Senate confirmation.

Late Friday, the Wall Street Journal said the FBI - which is now under Whitaker - is conducting a criminal investigation of the company, World Patent Marketing Inc.

"I'm fired up because I think the president has picked somebody who is unqualified to run that office, and he does not have the character or qualities to do it, and not only that, he's already come out, it's already been published come out that he already has a position against continuing the investigation, so that fact that he has already said that the investigation should be terminated".

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is one of 18 Democratic state attorneys general who have written to acting US Attorney General Matt Whitaker calling for him to recuse himself from overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

That contradicted remarks Trump made on Fox News last month, when he called Whitaker "a great guy" and said "I mean, I know Matt Whitaker".

'You didn't have any problems with Matt Whitaker when he was working for Jeff Sessions, ' Mr. Trump said.

Crowds also turned out at the White House and in Greensboro, North Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Las Vegas and many other places. "No one is above supervision", he told the Journal.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell addresses a news conference after the Senate voted to confirm the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Oct. 6, 2018.

"Because a reasonable person could question your impartiality in the matter, your recusal is necessary to protect the essential and longstanding independence of the department", the attorneys general said in the letter, which was written by Healey.

Now that Sessions is gone, some suspect Mueller's investigation may go too.

The Mueller probe should not extend to the finances of Trump, his family or their business, the Trump Organization, he argued. Trump told associates that he felt that Whitaker would be "loyal" and would not have recused himself from the Russian Federation probe as Sessions had done, according to two Republicans close to the White House not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.

Whitaker was appointed under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, a 1998 law that allows the president to appoint any senior official as acting head of an agency for up to 210 days. Some lawyers say it is illegal because he has not been confirmed by the Senate.

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