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Dershowitz: 'Hypocritical' to Seek Whitaker's Recusal From Mueller Case

Dershowitz: 'Hypocritical' to Seek Whitaker's Recusal From Mueller Case

A Justice Department spokeswoman, asked if Sessions' acting replacement, Matthew Whitaker, would now oversee Mueller, replied: "The acting attorney general is in charge of all matters under the purview of the Department of Justice".

In an interview Friday with "Face the Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Matthew Whitaker should recuse himself from any review of the Mueller investigation because of statements he has previously made publicly about the investigation. A source close to Sessions says that neither the attorney general nor Trump thought it was a good idea for Sessions to be at the White House, so he sent surrogates.

Wednesday's shakeup at the Justice Department continues with the announcement that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will no longer be overseeing the Russian Federation investigation. "Matt Whitaker has a great reputation and that's what I wanted".

For starters, the attorney general serves at the pleasure of the president and can be replaced at any time for any reason. That would include specifying that only a Senate-confirmed Justice Department official - which Whitaker is not - could dismiss Mueller. After Sessions' firing, Trump quickly appointed Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general.

The move capped more than a year of bitter criticism by the president over his legal advisor's decision to recuse himself from the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, paving the way for the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Should Mueller's investigation now be suffocated in order to protect the president, the former FBI director must be prepared to hand all his files to uncompromised prosecutors, or to House and Senate investigators and the press. There have also been reports about past comments questioning the power and reach of the federal judiciary, and about his ties to an invention-promotion company that was accused of misleading investors.




"My observation is that Matt has a very strong relationship with the president, and this comes with conversations I've had with friends and others that work in the administration", added Larson, who also served as US ambassador to Latvia under former President George W. Bush.

While some speculated the "46" in his Twitter handle MattWhitaker46 referred to a future run at president-Trump is the 45th USA president-it ostensibly refers to his jersey number, 46, when he played with the Iowa Hawkeyes football team from 1989 to 1982.

The Appointments Clause of the US Constitution states that some senior government officials, known as "principal officers", must be confirmed by the Senate.

"It's very significant because Whitaker's position on indictments or future indictments may be different than Rosenstein's, and Rosenstein had given Mueller a broad mandate to pursue various crimes", said Washington criminal defense lawyer Jeffrey Jacobovitz.

It is signed by the attorneys general, all Democrats, of Massachusetts, New York, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia. "He worked for Attorney General Sessions".

Two days after he hired a transparent political hack to run the Justice Department, President Trump has failed to come up with a remotely plausible cover story. "He's said repeatedly it's going to be allowed to finish".


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