New AG does ‘vi­o­lence to the Con­sti­tu­tion’

Toronto Sun - - NEWS - — Bloomberg

Nancy Pelosi said nam­ing Matthew Whi­taker as act­ing at­tor­ney gen­eral un­der­mines the

U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion, and that Whi­taker should re­cuse him­self from re­view­ing Robert

Mueller’s probe into

Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in the 2016 elec­tion based on his past state­ments.

The House Demo­cratic Leader told CBS that Whi­taker shouldn’t have been ap­pointed by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to take over from Jeff Ses­sions.

“It does vi­o­lence to the Con­sti­tu­tion and the vi­sion of our founders to ap­point such a per­son in such a man­ner to be the chief le­gal of­fi­cer in our coun­try. And that’s bi­par­ti­san,” Pelosi said in an ex­cerpt of an in­ter­view that will run Sun­day on Face the Na­tion.

Trump forced Ses­sions to re­sign Wed­nes­day and in­stalled Whi­taker, Ses­sions’ chief of staff since Septem­ber 2017, on an in­terim ba­sis.

Whi­taker has taken over re­spon­si­bil­ity for the work from Deputy At­tor­ney Gen­eral Rod Rosen­stein even though he has pub­licly crit­i­cized the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the me­dia.

In one CNN ap­pear­ance in 2017 Whi­taker sug­gested that cut­ting fund­ing to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion would be a way to hob­ble Mueller.

In Au­gust 2017 he wrote a com­men­tary for CNN un­der the head­line, “Mueller’s In­ves­ti­ga­tion of Trump is

Go­ing Too Far.”

“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 co-or­di­nated with the Rus­sian govern­ment or any­one else,” Whi­taker wrote.

Trump said Fri­day that he hasn’t spo­ken with Whi­taker about how to han­dle Mueller’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

AN­DREW HARNIK/AP

Pro­test­ers gather in front of the White House yes­ter­day as part of a na­tion­wide “Pro­tect Mueller” cam­paign. WHI­TAKER Blasted Mueller

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.