Democrats vow to haul new U.S. attorney general before committee

12 November, 2018, 19:01 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • In U.S. midterm elections on Tuesday Democrats took control of the House of Representatives while Republicans held the Senate

Whitaker has been a vocal critic of the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, so it stands to reason that Whitaker might influence the Mueller's investigation in a manner that that would be politically beneficial to the White House.

"The appointment of Mr. Whitaker should concern every American -Democrat, Republican, liberal, conservative - who believes in rule of law and justice", Schumer said. Trump reportedly "liked what he saw - a partisan defender who insisted there was no collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign".

On Friday President Donald Trump falsely denied knowing Whitaker, despite firing Jeff Sessions and installing him as Acting AG.

Much of the commentary about Mr. Whitaker's appointment has focused on all sorts of technical points about the Vacancies Reform Act and Justice Department succession statutes.

During the rally signs said things like "Whitaker Must Recuse" and "Protect Mueller". "He's already prejudged the Mueller situation".

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The Mueller protection bill would give any special counsel a 10-day window to seek review of a firing and ensure that the person was sacked for good cause. Group members agree saying Whitaker is "a partisan loyalist who has shown intent to limit the scope of the Special Counsel's probe". Jeff Flake and Maine Sen. "Mr Whitaker needs to understand that he will be called to answer".

Schumer declined to say whether Democrats would be willing to force a government shutdown if Congress did not pass a measure protecting Mueller suggesting it wouldn't come to that because of bipartisan support. "If that doesn't happen, we will see what happens down the road". The House Judiciary Committee will summon Mr Whitaker - by subpoena if necessary - to examine his "expressed hostility to the investigation", said Mr Nadler, the New York Democrat poised to lead the panel.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC took a similar view.

The article also reports that Trump first noticed Whitaker while he appeared CNN in the summer of 2017.

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