Democrats vow to haul new USA attorney general before committee

Janice Rogers Brown

Janice Rogers Brown

Mr Sessions had frustrated Mr Trump by recusing himself from overseeing the investigation and handing the responsibility to his deputy Rod Rosenstein.

Representative Jerrold Nadler, the expected incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said the committee plans to subpoena Mr Whitaker to testify next year as its first witness. "He has already talked about ways to strangle the Mueller investigation, such as cutting off their funding". "If he stays there, he will create a constitutional crisis by inhibiting Mueller or firing Mueller - so Congress has to act". But the flaw in the appointment of Mr. Whitaker, who was Mr. Sessions's chief of staff at the Justice Department, runs much deeper.

"Look, I believe there will be enough of our Republican colleagues who will join us". White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said on ABC's "This Week" that Mr Trump hasn't asked the acting AG to do so, and she doubts Mr Trump would ask Mr Whitaker not to interfere in the probe because that would just prolong it.

"I think Mr. Whitaker was a good pick, I think he is going to be as fair as impartial as Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch were", he said.

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I am concerned about comments that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has made regarding the Special Counsel and the parameters of his investigation. Lindsey Graham of SC and Thom Tillis of North Carolina.

Mr Whitaker has told associates that under his leadership the Justice Department won't cut the budget for Mueller's investigation, Bloomberg News reported Sunday. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). In August 2017, he wrote a CNN op-ed arguing that "Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russian Federation 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing" by reportedly looking into Trump's finances. In addition, Mr Whitaker is also a close friend of Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign co-chair Sam Clovis.

But Ms Conway insisted that Mr Whitaker's appointment is valid.

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