Whi­taker must re­cuse self from Mueller probe

The Mercury News Weekend - - OPINION -

Wed­nes­day, Jeff Ses­sions re­signed — at Don­ald Trump’s re­quest — as the at­tor­ney gen­eral of the United States.

Ses­sions re­cused him­self from Robert Mueller’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence and/or col­lu­sion in the 2016 elec­tion be­cause of his past in­volve­ment with Rus­sian politi­cians. Now Matthew Whi­taker takes over for Ses­sions, and he has prob­lems of his own. He has al­ready made hos­tile com­ments about the in­quiry when he was not in charge. There’s no need to imag­ine what he’ll do be­cause he’s al­ready ex­plained it — cut the bud­get so low that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion grinds to a halt with noth­ing re­solved.

We the peo­ple of the United States de­serve a fair and im­par­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence into our elec­tion sys­tem. Matthew Whi­taker wants to deny us that knowl­edge. For this rea­son, Matthew Whi­taker must re­cuse him­self.

— Chris­tine Wo­lak, Dublin

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