New Acting Attorney General is a GOP Loyalist from Iowa

Geneva Stokes
November 9, 2018

Trump has continuously threatened that he has the power to shut down what he calls "a witch hunt" and on Wednesday he took the first potential step when he replaced his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, with loyalist Matthew Whitaker. Here's what you should know about Sessions' replacement.

"Americans must have answers immediately as to the reasoning behind" Trump's move to remove Sessions, he said.

"It is imperative that the Administration not impede the Mueller investigation", she tweeted.

"It is a true honor that the President has confidence in my ability to lead the Department of Justice as Acting Attorney General", Whitaker said in a statement Wednesday evening. Whitaker criticized both aspects previous year, and as he is now taking over oversight of the probe, he could try to strangle it, or even rescind Mueller's appointment. Those attacks on the Mueller probe, in particular, are drawing fresh scrutiny now as Washington waits to see how Whitaker will approach the investigation in his new role.

Outcry from Democrats. Democrats viewed the move as a clear attempt to crush the Russian Federation election-meddling probe and called for Whitaker to recuse himself as Sessions had done, the BBC reports.

Nadler and other Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee also sent letters to Whitaker and the top Republican on the committee, retiring Rep. Justice Department officials said his taking over for his boss was, at the very least, "awkward", because chiefs of staff typically leave with the attorney general.

In this April 24, 2014, file photo, then-Iowa Republican senatorial candidate and former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker watches before a live televised debate in Johnston, Iowa.

As part of Whitaker's new role as the head official at the Justice Department, he will oversee the Russian Federation probe and the agency's other federal investigations, including the NY prosecutors' look into the finances of Trump and his former aides.

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"I used to live in NY and know lots about Trump". It undermines the rule of law.

Never in modern history has a president attacked a Cabinet member as frequently and harshly in public as Trump did Sessions, a former USA senator from Alabama and one of the first members of Congress to back Trump's presidential campaign in 2015.

Mr Sessions resigned at the request of the president.

Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, took over supervision of the Russian Federation investigation.

Some Democrats also considered Sessions too eager to do Trump's bidding and overly receptive to his grievances.

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"I think Congress should regulate things that harm people, and that is the hard drugs and the like that dramatically hurt citizens, cause violent crime in our communities, and those should be regulated", he said.

Republicans warned Trump past year against replacing Sessions, but some of that resistance appeared to break down by late August, when several key GOP senators signaled to Trump that he could find a new attorney general after the midterm elections.

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