New AG does ‘violence to the Constitution’
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.
Protesters gather in front of the White House yesterday as part of a nationwide “Protect Mueller” campaign. WHITAKER Blasted Mueller