Published: Tue, November 13, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Senator Democrats to take legal action against Whitaker's appointment

Senator Democrats to take legal action against Whitaker's appointment

In Naperville, their hastily sketched signs proclaimed messages like "Let Mueller do his job", "Defend the constitution", "Let justice be served", and "Nobody is above the law". Whitaker was Sessions' chief of staff before Trump made him Sessions' interim replacement.

Organizers claimed similar events were held in hundreds of places across the country.

Matt Whitaker has been named acting US attorney general following the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Another Republican senator, Susan Collins of ME, said she was concerned by some of Mr Whitaker's past comments and called for legislation that would place limits on his ability to fire special counsel Mr Mueller. That contradicted Trump's remarks on Fox News last month, when he called Whitaker "a great guy" and said, "I mean, I know Matt Whitaker". According to Comey's testimony before congress, Comey said Donald Trump asked him to drop an FBI investigation of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

In a statement to Justice Department employees, Whitaker said Friday: "As we move forward, I am committed to leading a fair Department with the highest ethical standards, that upholds the rule of law, and seeks justice for all Americans". In the months before, Whitaker was a familiar presence on CNN, where he questioned Mueller's scope and reach. After all, it's not unusual, as Trump said in his press conference earlier Wednesday, to have some turnover after an election.

The rally in Champaign was one of more than 900 protests against Trump's actions across the U.S. They were supported by both Indivisible and MoveOn, another progressive advocacy group frequently critical of the president and the Republican Party.

"I think the Whitaker appointment steps up the timeline, and I think perhaps if Mueller sticks to the strategy of telling us the story through indictments-the indictments speak to us-that he'll speak to us soon, very soon, with additional indictments, perhaps that tell the story of a corrupt president", Figliuzzi said.

Despite Trump's 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. Lamar Alexander and Jeff Flake, and Sen. -elect Mitt Romney all spoke Wednesday about the importance of allowing an investigation to go forward. Sen.

"Therefore, Whitaker can not serve as acting Attorney General ..."

Whitaker's selection by Trump as acting attorney general drew sharp criticism from Democratic lawmakers, who described it as an attempt by the president to undermine and possibly end Mueller's investigation.

The reference to conservative legal opinion is to a piece written by Neal Katyal, who served in the George W. Bush administration, and George Conway, husband of presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway, that says it may not be legal to appoint Whitaker because he has not been confirmed for any position by the U.S. Senate. Mueller's team also has been pressing for an interview with Trump.

Chris Christie is being considered to replace Jeff Sessions as attorney general, two sources familiar with the matter tell CBS News.

"Sessions did not do the thing he could have done to better protect Rosenstein, and through Rosenstein, the Mueller investigation", Vladeck said. It was not mentioned in the press release calling Thursday's demonstration, nor by speakers at the demonstrations in Washington and NY. Never having gone through a Senate hearing, he is now under scrutiny for his background as a bare-knuckled Republican activist and director of a now-defunct invention-promotion company that the Federal Trade Commission said "bilked thousands of consumers out of millions of dollars".

Democrats were quick to sound the alarm on Whitaker's appointment - pointing out his views on the Special Counsel's probe while speculating about the reasoning behind his appointment.

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