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The top Democrat in the Senate, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, wants the Justice Department's inspector general to look into whether acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker had "unlawful or improper communications" with the White House, the latest sign Democrats are sharply scrutinizing the man leading DOJ.
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Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) on Tuesday’s “New Day” on CNN discussed the lawsuit he and fellow Democrats filed to challenge the legitimacy of President Donald Trump’s appointment of Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker. Blumenthal questioned the legitimacy of Trump’s appointment, calling Whitaker “essentially a lackey of the president” because of his criticisms of FBI special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. “[T]he Department of Justice, actually the Office of Legal Counsel, says that there are some kind of special or exigent circumstances that in some cases allow for the president to appoint someone temporarily, but those kinds of circumstances are death or tragedy or crisis — not what we have here. There is no precedent, none, John, for this kind of appointment of someone who is essentially a lackey of the president,” Blumenthal told CNN’s John Berman. Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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Alarm bells understandably rang earlier this month when Matthew G. Whitaker, the chief of staff to fired Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, leapfrogged over more senior — and Senate-confirmed — Justice Department officials to become President Trump’s acting attorney general. It’s hard to imagine a less...
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NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., one of three senators who are suing to block Matthew Whitaker from serving as acting U.S. attorney general.
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Three Democratic senators sued Monday to challenge President Donald Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general.Amid concerns Whitaker was chosen to protect Trump ...
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The lawsuit is most high-profile litigation against president's decision to appoint Mr Whitaker
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"If [Matt] Whitaker acts to shut down [Robert] Muller, he too will be guilty of obstruction of justice and a conspirator in that crime." When Tim Weiner’s book “Enemies: A History of the FBI” was published in 2012, he may not have envisioned that one day it would inspire a documentary series meant to place the erratic actions of Donald Trump into context.Another president? Sure. But not a guy best known as the host of “The Apprentice” when “Enemies” first came out.“Let’s examine reality television,” Weiner mused in a recent phone interview, in support of Showtime’s four-part series “Enemies: The President, Justice & the FBI.”  "That is fake news. I grew up in New York, you know. I've been watching Trump since the '70s and everybody within the realm of reason knows that he is a grifter and a con man. He is now also the most powerful man on Earth.”A week after Trump asked for the resignation of United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions...
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"The stakes are too high to allow the president to install an unconfirmed lackey to lead the Department of Justice." Denouncing President Donald Trump's appointment of acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker—a fervent critic of the Russia probe—as a blatant effort to "subvert the Constitution to protect himself and evade accountability," three Democratic senators on Monday filed suit against the White House and demanded that Whitaker be barred from temporarily serving as the nation's top law enforcement official."The stakes are too high to allow the president to install an unconfirmed lackey to lead the Department of Justice—a lackey whose stated purpose, apparently, is undermining a major investigation into the president," declared Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), who joined fellow Democratic Sens. Mazie Hirono (Hawaii) and Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) in filing the lawsuit."We want the court to make clear that the Senate must confirm Matthew Whitaker's appoi...
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“Installing Matthew Whitaker so flagrantly defies constitutional law that any viewer of School House Rock would recognize it,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal said in a statement.
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Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-CT, Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI, and Mazie K. Hirono, D-HI, filed a lawsuit Monday to block President Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general.
 
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Three Democratic senators on Monday filed a lawsuit challenging the appointment of acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, ratcheting up the court effort to declare his placement atop the Justice Department as unconstitutional.
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Democrat Sens. Blumenthal, Whitehouse, and Hirono filed a lawsuit challenging President Trump's appointment of acting AG Whitaker.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic senators file lawsuit challenging appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general.
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A future Trumpian world, including possibly a shattered and increasingly “nationalist” Europe, is no laughing matter. Whatever you may think of President Trump, it’s important to be fair to him. You might have noticed that, on his recent trip to France (“five days of fury”), officially to mourn and praise America’s war dead on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, he managed to miss his first scheduled ceremony. It was at a cemetery where some of those American war dead were buried. He skipped it, thanks to a little uncomfortable rain, and came late for the second of those events at the Suresnes American Cemetery just outside Paris (this time complaining publicly about the rain). As TomDispatch regular Rajan Menon reminds us today, such acts brought a good deal of derision upon the president in Europe and here (or rather in the world of everywhere that we know as the Internet). What went unreported amid the mockery and the presidential excuses (the preside...
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The demands that he do so are expressions of political theater with no factual or legal basis.
 
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President Donald Trump disparaged Rep. Adam Schiff in a profane tweet Sunday, misspelling his name "Schitt" and accusing the likely incoming House Intelligence chairman of baselessly criticizing the appointment of acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker.
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President Donald Trump said in an interview aired on Sunday he would not intervene if Matthew Whitaker, his acting U.S. attorney general, moved to curtail ...
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President Donald Trump on Sunday continued to defend Matt Whitaker, his
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The “Schitt” hit the fan. President Trump blasted Rep. Adam Schiff for questioning why his acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker wasn’t confirmed by the Senate – misspelling the Democrat’s last name as “Schitt.” “So funny to see little Adam Schitt (D-CA) talking about the fact that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was not approved by...
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President Donald Trump told Fox News he wasn't aware Matt Whitaker was a sharp
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Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) discusses a bill he co-sponsored to protect the Mueller probe in the wake of Matt Whitaker taking over the role of acting attorney general.
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When Chris Wallace's interview with Donald Trump airs Sunday on Fox News the
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President Donald Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney
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New York magazine national correspondent Gabriel Debenedetti joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss where the Russia investigation stands now that President Trump has apparently answered Robert Mueller's written questions and mounting concerns over the acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker.
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The real question isn’t whether the acting attorney general’s appointment is lawful, but whether it is part of a broader attempt to subvert the rule of law.
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An obscure conservative podcast recorded by a former Trump administration official last Sunday provided a unique window into acting attorney general Matt Whitaker and the reasons some have found his appointment alarming. Broadcasting from Hinton, Iowa, a small town in what he called the “reddest part of the state,” Sam Clovis talked about his “very good friend” Whitaker.
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Oops, he did it again. If there’s one thing you might have thought Donald Trump has learned in the past two years it’s that it was a huge mistake to go on TV with Lester Holt and admit that he was thinking about the Russia investigation when he decided to fire FBI Director James Comey. Recall that Trump was just rambling, in his stream-of-consciousness mode, when he just blurted it out without prompting. That revealing statement was not only what precipitated the appointment of Robert Mueller, it was also one of the most compelling pieces of evidence that Trump was trying to obstruct justice when he fired Comey — an apparent confession of intent. Trump has said and done hundreds of stupid things during his tenure, but that one really stands out as the blunder of all blunders.This article was originally published at SalonOops, he did it again. This week, in the midst of what observers everywhere are characterizing as a meltdown, Trump gave an interview to the Daily Call...
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Senators ask Matthew Whitaker to recuse himself from Russia probe
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Donald Trump's acting attorney general has reportedly said Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia will continue. Matthew Whitaker told Republican senator Lindsey Graham the special counsel's probe would proceed, according to a person familiar with the conversation, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Mr Trump appointed Mr Whitaker acting attorney general last week, which some critics have said is unconstitutional, since the lawyer has not been senate-confirmed.
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Matthew Whitaker served on the advisory board of World Patent Marketing, which also once marketed a toilet for 'well-endowed men'
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Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker has informed GOP Senator Lindsey Graham that Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election will continue, a report said. Whitaker made the disclosure to Graham in a meeting as Senators have criticized the acting AG for his past statements while seeking to protect the...
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"This is probably the moment we've been waiting for." With the stakes growing ever higher in President Donald Trump's efforts to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow argued Thursday night that we may have already reached a tipping point in this saga.She pointed out that, in a tweet Thursday morning, Trump referred to the "inner workings' of the Mueller investigation, a phrase he has never used before. Maddow argued that this indicates Trump has used his new dubiously appointed Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to gain an unprecedented look inside the Russia investigation.But it's not just this development bringing tensions to a head. She laid out an intricate case suggesting that we are very close to a dramatic new chapter in the investigation and in Trump's presidency."There is now reason to seriously question whether, in his new role as acting attorney general, Matt Whitaker is already feeding inside inform...
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker told Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham in a meeting on Thursday that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation will proceed, according to a person familiar with the meeting.
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“It’s just tragic how Republicans who claim to be invested in the Constitution are allowing Donald Trump to attack the rule of law in plain sight." President Donald Trump has been very active on Twitter this week, bombarding his favorite social media outlet with a flurry of tweets attacking Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia-related investigation—and NeverTrump conservative Max Boot, interviewed by CNN’s Brooke Baldwin on November 15, cited those tweets as evidence that Trump is “feeling the heat.”After the midterms, Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and replaced him with loyalist Matt Whitaker—who has been a vocal critic of Mueller’s investigation. Boot told Baldwin that when he read Trump’s recent tweets, he was especially troubled by the president’s reference to the investigation’s “inner workings.” Boot said of Trump, “His henchman has just been appointed acting attorney general, and even though he has not shut down the Muelle...
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When asked his thoughts on the attorney general situation, Trump brought up Robert Mueller's investigation totally unprompted. When President Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions a day after the midterm elections and replaced him with former U.S. attorney and DOJ chief of staff Matthew Whitaker, there was an unspoken but obvious reason for his decision. It was telegraphed by Whitaker's long history of opposing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Trump's ties to Russia, calling it a "witch hunt" and warning that any probe into the Trump family finances was a "red line."So it was remarkable when Trump, in a Thursday interview with the right-wing Daily Caller, came out and said it directly."Could you tell us where your thinking is currently on the attorney general position?" asked Daily Caller reporters Saagar Enjeti and Benny Johnson."Matthew Whitaker is a very respected man," said Trump. "He's — and he's, very importantly, he’s respected within...
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When Ripoff Report posted complaints about World Patent Marketing, Matthew Whitaker personally called the founder and yelled at him. One of the many problems with President Donald Trump's decision to appoint former U.S. attorney and Jeff Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general, aside from his extremism, his partisanship, and the fact that he may not be legally eligible for the role, is the ethical questions surrounding his involvement in World Patent Marketing, a Miami-based company that was shut down by the Federal Trade Commission as a scam.World Patent Marketing, on whose board Whitaker sat, would recruit people who had inventions, tell them that they would be a big hit and were in review by the board, and bilked them out of their money while doing little to nothing, oftentimes even knowingly accepting "inventions" that already existed. Furthermore, when customers complained it was a scam, in at least one case, Whitaker himself warned that he was a...
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It's been driving me crazy. I knew acting Attorney General slash Cult45 tool, Matthew Whitaker, reminded me of someone. Someone awful. My first thought was Lex Luthor. But yesterday, I figured it out. It's Wilson Fisk, aka Kingpin, from Daredevil. Played by Vincent D'Onofrio in the Netflix series, Kingpin is a scary, hot-headed, New York City crime lord. I did a search on Whitaker and Kingpin and found this pic on Imgur. Whitaker could be Kingpin's double. Read the rest
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Acting U.S. attorney general Matthew Whitaker must recuse himself from the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. His past stated positions on the investigation are clearly a conflict with his temporary position in the Justice Department. He also has not been confirmed by the Senate. He’s the equivalent of the fox in the hen house […]
 
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The Justice Department on Wednesday released an internal legal opinion supporting the legality of Matthew Whitaker’s appointment as acting attorney general as Democrats press the ...
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A failed apartment-rehabilitation project by acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was a missed opportunity to preserve affordable housing in a rapidly gentrifying Des Moines neighborhood, a city official said Wednesday.
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The Justice Department dismissed claims Wednesday that acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's appointment to succeed Jeff Sessions is unconstitutional.
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines official says a failed apartment-rehabilitation project by acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was a missed opportunity to preserve affordable housing in a gentrifying neighborhood. Chris Johansen, the city’s community development director, says the city didn’t lose money on the project that Whitaker abandoned in 2016. He says […]
 
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During his first public speech as acting attorney general, Matt Whitaker on Wednesday praised President Donald Trump's handling of the economy, telling an audience in Iowa that under this administration, seniors' retirement plans "are doing pretty good right now."
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Robert Mueller's work as special counsel may seem imperiled by the acting attorney general, but there's plenty of reason for optimism.
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The Office of Legal Counsel said the appointment is "consistent with the Federal Vacancies Reform Act (VRA) of 1998." The Dept. of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel has just issued an opinion allowing former CNN commentator Matthew Whitaker to serve as Acting Attorney General. That opinion covers only the constitutionality of installing Whitaker as Acting AG, and does not explore the ethical issues surrounding his appointment, nor the ethical issues involving his background.Fox News reports the Office of Legal Counsel "said that the president’s appointment of Whitaker to replace former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was consistent with the Federal Vacancies Reform Act (VRA) of 1998."CNBC adds that the OLC's opinion was drafted "before Trump appointed him to that post."But even former Bush 43 highly-controversial Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo penned an op-ed titled, "Whitaker’s Appointment Is Unconstitutional."Whitaker has a history as a CNN commenta...
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The Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel made the right call Wednesday when it issued a legal opinion upholding President Trump’s authority to appoint Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general outside the line of succession, replacing fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
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The Justice Department released a legal opinion Wednesday outlining why Matthew Whitaker can legally serve as the interim Attorney General.
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The Justice Department told Trump, before he tapped Whitaker for the job, that he could appoint Whitaker as acting head of Justice. Whitaker was named to the post a week ago, after Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
 
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The Justice Department issued a defense of President Donald Trump's controversial appointment of Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general Wednesday, offering several reasons why the appointment is consistent with the Constitution, federal statutes and past precedent.
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WASHINGTON ― Before President Donald Trump forced former Attorney General Jeff
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Jim Carrey targeted President Donald Trump and newly appointed Acting Attorney
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Whitaker is relying upon an 1898 Supreme Court case that differs in many respects from his own situation.
 
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Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley downplayed concerns raised by Democrats on multiple fronts about conflicts of interest involving acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker or that Whitaker might interfere in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
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"In order to prevent a breakdown of federal law enforcement, the White House should hurry to select a permanent attorney general before any more damage is done." Many legal and constitutional scholars have come forward to decry President Donald Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as the new acting attorney general — part of a blatant attempt to wrest control of Robert Mueller's Russia investigation — as fundamentally illegitimate.Former deputy assistant attorney general John Yoo, who served under President George W. Bush, joined the chorus calling out the appointment as unconstitutional in a new opinion piece for The Atlantic Tuesday. He also noted, provocatively, that the constitutionality of the appointment provides an opening for Mueller to protect the investigation from undue interference.Yoo and others argue that the Constitution's requirement that all principal officers in the executive branch be approved by the Senate rules out Whitaker's appointment. As...
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The State of Maryland is challenging the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general, arguing that Donald Trump overstepped his constitutional authority in doing so. President Trump named Mr Whitaker as acting attorney general after forecing former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign just a day after the midterm elections last week, sparking concern that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election could be in jeopardy under the temporary leadership.
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Mr Whitaker is overseeing the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, which the president has called a 'witch hunt'
 
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Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley on Tuesday downplayed concerns raised by Democrats on multiple fronts about conflicts of interest involving acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker or that Whitaker might interfere in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
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The state of Maryland is set to ask a federal judge Tuesday to issue an order that substitutes Rod Rosenstein as acting attorney general and declares that Matt Whitaker has not been properly appointed.
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"The Daily Show" host Trevor Noah began Monday night's episode of his Comedy Central show by mocking President Trump for his inconsistent comments about whether or not he knows his newly appointed acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker.
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The “debate” over the Jim Acosta video shows the right has no use for facts. Is there any way to talk to them? Last week, Donald Trump's administration pulled off another of the routine stunts it uses to hijack the media narrative, whip up the right-wing base, and distract both journalists and pundits from more important news stories. On Wednesday, Trump used a press conference to create a reality TV-style beef with CNN reporter Jim Acosta. First he got testy with Acosta for asking pointed questions, and then he directed a White House intern to try to confiscate Acosta's microphone. Acosta's efforts to hold onto the microphone resulted in incidentally touching the female intern's arm.White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders immediately pretended to believe that a brief brush-off was the equivalent of deliberate gendered violence, using a doctored video created by a conspiracy theory website to back up her obvious bad-faith claims. This lie became the pretense for...
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