The Democrats erupted in rage when Trump fired Jeff Sessions which was strange as they never liked former Attorney General Jeff Sessions before. In fact, they despised him and everything he stood for. But they are terrified acting AG Whitaker will end or limit the Mueller investigation, thus their crocodile tears for Sessions.
Pelosi said: “It is impossible to read Attorney General [Jeff] Sessions’ firing as anything other than another blatant attempt by [President Trump] to undermine & end Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation…”
“Given his record of threats to undermine & weaken the Russia investigation, Matthew Whitaker should recuse himself from any involvement in Mueller’s investigation. Congress must take immediate action to protect the rule of law and integrity of the investigation.”
Chuck Schumer also demanded Whitaker recuse and now we get the news from solid reporting at the Washington Post that not only will Whitaker not recuse from overseeing Mueller, but he also will not ok a subpoena for Trump. This is huge.
From The Hill: President Trump’s new acting attorney general reportedly has no plans to recuse himself from overseeing the special counsel’s investigation into Russian election interference, despite lawmaker calls for him to do so.
The Washington Post, citing multiple people familiar with the matter, reported on Thursday that Matthew Whitaker does not intend to recuse himself from overseeing Robert Mueller’s probe.
The sources also said they do not believe Whitaker would approve a subpoena of President Trump as part of the probe, the Post reported.
Trump announced on Wednesday that Whitaker would serve as acting attorney general after Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned at the president’s request. Whitaker comes into the role after serving as Sessions’s chief of staff.
The controversy stems from some of Whitakers earlier comments when he was not working for the government. Matt wrote for CNN in 2017: It does not take a lawyer or even a former federal prosecutor like myself to conclude that investigating Donald Trump’s finances or his family’s finances falls completely outside of the realm of his 2016 campaign and allegations that the campaign coordinated with the Russian government or anyone else. That goes beyond the scope of the appointment of the special counsel.
Any investigation into President Trump’s finances or the finances of his family would require Mueller to return to Rod Rosenstein for additional authority under Mueller’s appointment as special counsel.
It is time for Rosenstein, who is the acting attorney general for the purposes of this investigation, to order Mueller to limit the scope of his investigation to the four corners of the order appointing him special counsel.
If he doesn’t, then Mueller’s investigation will eventually start to look like a political fishing expedition. This would not only be out of character for a respected figure like Mueller, but also could be damaging to the President of the United States and his family — and by extension, to the country.