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Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is out, and President Donald Trump has named Matthew Whitaker as his replacement -- giving a man who once suggested special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation was a "witch hunt" control of the fate of the probe. Whitaker served as Sessions's chief of staff, one of the most powerful positions at the Justice Department. The deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, would typically be tapped to take over in an acting role, but Trump chose Whitaker instead.



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The Justice Department confirmed Wednesday in a statement emailed to reporters that Whitaker is in charge of all matters under the department's purview. However, HuffPost's Ryan J. Reilly reported that DOJ ethics officials haven't examined whether Whitaker would have to recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigation because of his prior comments.


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This Whitaker guy needs to recuse himself, just as the AG before him ...

Not doing so makes him nothing more than Trump's illegitimate lackey.

#1 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-11-07 07:45 PM | Reply

I don't like witch's



#2 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-11-07 08:13 PM | Reply

Well, this Whitaker fella might just find himself going to prison on an obstruction of justice charge if he does what most think he's going to attempt to.

#3 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-11-07 08:28 PM | Reply

Well, this Whitaker fella might just find himself going to prison on an obstruction of justice charge if he does what most think he's going to attempt to.

#4 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-11-07 08:30 PM | Reply

But of course. Same reason he wanted Kav on the SC: to protect himself from Mueller's investigation. If he's so innocent, why does he need this kind of protection?:

Natasha Bertrand @NatashaBertrand

Mueller's new boss has indicated that Mueller's investigators are a "lynch mob," mused about reducing Mueller's budget to "grind" him to a halt, called Trump finances a "red line" & shared an article exploring the process by which Trump could fire Mueller.

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-11-07 10:06 PM | Reply

Laurence Tribe @tribelaw

The Vacancy Reform Act bars Trump's installation of the unconfirmed Matt Whitaker to act as attorney general to control Robert Mueller unless Sessions truly "resigned" rather than being fired. A federal district court could be asked to see through the ruse and hold he was fired.
3:26 PM - 7 Nov 2018

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-11-07 10:23 PM | Reply

If they fire Mueller their heads will roll.

#7 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-11-07 10:38 PM | Reply

Lawfare's typically thorough analysis of all the angles. www.lawfareblog.com

The conclusion,

In short, the situation Trump has concocted is genuinely dangerous, but a variety of actors have the capacity to mitigate the danger. One of those people is Whitaker himself. Whitaker has offered no basis for confidence that he will act appropriately. And Trump's attraction to him no doubt has its roots in Trump's own apparent conviction that Whitaker -- unlike Sessions -- will serve the president's personal interests in office. That said, Sessions was not an individual whose history gave much basis for confidence that he would act honorably with respect to the Russia investigation. He came into office having been formally associated with the Trump campaign and having personally met with the Russian ambassador to the United States and then testified inaccurately on the subject at his confirmation hearing. Yet Sessions -- at great personal cost -- in the end put his duty as attorney general, his oath of office, before his loyalty to his boss.

When Matt Whitaker made his remarks on the investigation, he was a private citizen who had not been briefed on the investigation. Now he has taken his oath of office and he will be briefed on the investigation in detail. These are solemn realities that should have an impact. The question is whether they will.

#8 | Posted by et_al at 2018-11-07 11:12 PM | Reply

From #8 What's the rush? I almost felt sorry for Sessions. You could tell he had tears in his eyes when he waved good bye:

Sessions's departure is effective immediately; he reportedly asked to stay in his role until the end of the week but was informed by Kelly that he would need to depart on Wednesday evening. According to a Justice Department spokeswoman, Whitaker will immediately assume control of the Mueller probe from Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein.

#9 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-11-07 11:28 PM | Reply

What's the rush?

I dunno. Maybe the Buffoon's penchant for brash idiocy as opposed to subtle idiocy? It is kinda odd that Sessions comes off as a sympathetic figure in this particular bit of idiocy.

Short of firing Mueller, which I don't see as likely in the short term, it's gonna take some time for Whitaker to come up to speed and plot a course.

Mueller knows where a ---- load of bodies are buried. How, when etc. that is handled is negotiable. Fire me, you get a data dump. Leave me alone, it's the normal course of business for investigations of the this nature (a lot is left unsaid).

#10 | Posted by et_al at 2018-11-08 12:18 AM | Reply



Mueller is going to be fired soon so that the hullabaloo can calm down before Democrats take charge of the House and hold hearings on TV with Mueller front and center. Probably the Trump administration is trying to figure out exactly what they can do to silence Mueller and suppress all of his evidence. Probably they will try to make a "national security" issue out of all of it.

#11 | Posted by danni at 2018-11-08 09:09 AM | Reply

And Et Al will support them on that. Goes without saying.

#12 | Posted by danni at 2018-11-08 09:09 AM | Reply

#12 You're full of ----.

#13 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-11-08 09:31 AM | Reply

For those of you who actually care about context, here is what he wrote for CNN:

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.

If he were to continue to investigate the financial relationships without a broadened scope in his appointment, then this would raise serious concerns that the special counsel's investigation was a mere witch hunt. If Mueller is indeed going down this path, Rosenstein should act to ensure the investigation is within its jurisdiction and within the authority of the original directive.


#14 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-11-08 03:47 PM | Reply

"For those of you who actually care about context, here is what he wrote for CNN"

How about this context for you? If Mueller believes that Trump's or his family's finances are somehow related to what our intelligence agencies say Russia did during our election that is well within the scope of Mueller's mandate to investigate. This does not have to mean that anybody paid Russia to interfere, or that Russia blackmailed anybody to minimize what they were doing. Whitaker's argument here is dependent on the assumption that there is no relationship, something he cannot know because he is not Trump and not Mueller or his team, and did not work under somebody who had direct oversight of the investigation.

#15 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2018-11-08 04:14 PM | Reply

"Any investigation into President Trump's finances" can be facilitated by the House. With or without Mueller

Context Indeed

#16 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-11-08 04:19 PM | Reply

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