Judge Nap: Whitaker Not 'Legally Qualified' to Be Acting Attorney General

Clay Curtis
November 9, 2018

But Mitt Romney, the party's 2012 presidential nominee who was elected on Tuesday to the U.S. Senate from Utah, warned that Mueller's probe should not be affected by Sessions' departure.

CNN and CBS News, both quoting unnamed sources, say Bondi is among those who might replace Jeff Sessions, who was forced to resign on Wednesday.

He has also speculated about Mueller's budget being cut to the point "that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt".

The Justice Department has declined to answer whether ethics officials have been asked to review if Whitaker should recuse himself from the Mueller probe.

Sessions had recused himself from overseeing the investigation and that role had devolved upon the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein.

LOYALIST: Former Sessions chief of staff Matt Whitaker has taken over oversight of the Russian Federation probe.

"The president's entitled to an attorney general he has faith in, somebody that's qualified for the job, and I think there will come a time, sooner rather than later, where it will be time to have a new face and a fresh voice at the Department of Justice", Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, who may be in line to head the Judiciary Committee next year, told reporters in August.

The sacking followed months of Mr Trump criticising Mr Sessions, mainly for his decision to step aside from the Russian Federation inquiry in March 2017.

The Democrats, who won the House in the mid-terms, have vowed to protect it.

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The special counsel has also been investigating whether Mr Comey's firing amounted to obstruction of justice.

"(Whitaker) called it "Mueller's lynch mob" and he said the way to do it was to, in effect, deny funding, stifle it that way, or cut authority or disapprove indictments", Blumenthal said.

And since Sessions technically resigned instead of forcing the White House to fire him, he opened the door under federal law to allowing the president to choose his successor instead of simply elevating Rosenstein, said University of Texas law professor Stephen Vladeck.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., who is likely to become head of the Judiciary Committee as Democrats gain control of the House next year, said "it would be wholly inappropriate for Mr. Whitaker to supervise the special counsel investigation given his documented history of opposition to it".

Earlier, at a White House news conference, Trump said the Mueller investigation was not good for the United States. And he's one step closer to being able to do just that.

Trump originally said he fired Comey on the recommendation of Sessions and Rosenstein for mishandling the inquiry into Clinton's use of private email when she was secretary of state, although the president later acknowledged he acted because of Comey's pursuit of "this Russian Federation thing".

Politico noted that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Sen.

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