Whitaker Tells Associates He Will Not Slash Mueller Budget

In U.S. midterm elections on Tuesday Democrats took control of the House of Representatives while Republicans held the Senate

In U.S. midterm elections on Tuesday Democrats took control of the House of Representatives while Republicans held the Senate

More than 100 people showed up to the Tippecanoe County courthouse to protest in response to President Trump's firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Thursday.

Stepping up Democratic efforts to shield the Russian Federation investigation, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he would seek to tie a measure protecting special counsel Robert Mueller to must-pass legislation if acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker does not recuse himself from oversight of the probe.

Schumer sent a letter to the Justice Department on Sunday along with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats that calls for Lee Lofthus, an assistant attorney general and the department's chief ethics officer, to disclose whether he had advised Whitaker to recuse himself from oversight of the probe.


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

Mr Whitaker, a former United States attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, wrote a commentary for CNN in August 2017 with the headline: "Mueller's Investigation of Trump is Going Too Far".

She added that it wasn't clear whether Whitaker had been briefed on the Mueller probe.


Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is under consideration to permanently succeed Sessions as attorney general, sources tell CBS News. "Any effort to go after Mueller could be the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency, unless Mueller did something wrong".

Trump's legal team in August rejected Mueller's conditions for a sit-down interview, although Trump said Friday that he has not ruled out an interview with the special counsel.

Whitaker has been described as a constitutional "nobody" by George Conway, a highly-regarded conservative attorney who happens to be the husband of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway.


"I think he was appropriately appointed legally", Graham responded.

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