Whi­taker asked to re­cuse him­self by AGs

Connecticut Post (Sunday) - - From The Front Page - By Tara O’Neill

Con­necti­cut’s Ge­orge Jepsen was among sev­eral state at­tor­neys gen­eral to ask act­ing U. S. At­tor­ney Gen­eral Matthew Whi­taker to re­cuse him­self from any role in over­see­ing spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion of pos­si­ble Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Whi­taker took over as the De­part­ment of Jus­tice’s act­ing at­tor­ney gen­eral on Wed­nes­day af­ter Jeff Ses­sions sub­mit­ted his let­ter of res­ig­na­tion at Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s re­quest.

Whi­taker’s ap­point­ment to act­ing at­tor­ney gen­eral by Trump raised con­cerns among crit­ics that Whi­taker would at­tempt to cur­tail Mueller’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Alet­ter ad­dressed to Whi­taker was ini­ti­ated by Mas­sachusetts At­tor­ney Gen­eral Maura Healey.

Other than Healey and Jepsen, sig­na­tures on the let­ter in­cluded at­tor­ney gen­er­als from New York, Delaware, Hawaii, Illi­nois, Min­nesota, New Jer­sey, Cal­i­for­nia, North Carolina, Ore­gon, Ver­mont, Rhode Is­land and Wash­ing­ton, D. C.

“Your re­cusal is nec­es­sary to main­tain pub­lic trust in the in­tegrity of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and to pro­tect the es­sen­tial and long­stand­ing in­de­pen­dence of the de­part­ment you have been chose to lead, on an act­ing ba­sis,” the let­ter said.

In the let­ter, the at­tor­ney gen­er­als said Whi­taker’s pub­lic com­ments crit­i­ciz­ing Muller’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion have been widely cir­cu­lated, in­clud­ing his sug­ges­tion to cut the spe­cial coun­sel’s bud­get or limit Muller’s author­ity to fol­low lines of in­quiry.

“We be­lieve that the in­de­pen­dent spe­cial coun­sel must have the full author­ity to in­ves­ti­gate and, if war­ranted, pros­e­cute any vi­o­la­tions of fed­eral law,” the let­ter goes on to say.

Healey shared the let­ter on Twit­ter, though it was un­clear if Whi­taker is­sued any kind of re­sponse to it on the plat­form be­cause he set his ac­count to pri­vate ear­lier this week.

AWash­ing­ton Post re­port from Thurs­day said Whi­taker has no in­ten­tion of re­cus­ing him­self from over­see­ing the spe­cial coun­sel probe. The in­for­ma­tion was at­trib­uted to peo­ple close to Whi­taker.

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