Healey, other AGs call for Whitaker to recuse himself from Russian Federation probe

Why no blue wave? Maybe because Democrats kept running away from own base

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Mr Whitaker was named to the powerful job on Wednesday after Mr Trump fired attorney general Jeff Sessions. Group members agree saying Whitaker is "a partisan loyalist who has shown intent to limit the scope of the Special Counsel's probe". "And any role that he plays will be exposed to the public". We don't want there to be any ambiguity about that, ' Schiff told NBC's 'Meet the Press'.

That set off immediate alarm bells: Whitaker has been overtly critical of the broad scope granted to Mueller's team to probe beyond allegations Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in 2016, into other ties between Trump, his family and aides, and Russian Federation - an investigation the president calls a "witch hunt". The woman likely set to be the next House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, being was one of them, tweeting; "Given his record of threats to undermine & weaken the Russian Federation investigation, Matthew Whitaker should recuse himself". Mr. Whitaker needs to understand that he will be called to answer.

At week's end, Matthew Whitaker's future at the helm of the Justice Department appeared uncertain at best as President Donald Trump denied even knowing the man.

Democrats vowed to investigate Whitaker if he doesn't recuse himself. That contradicted Trump's remarks on Fox News last month, when he called Whitaker "a great guy" and said, "I mean, I know Matt Whitaker".

If that doesn't work, Schumer said Sunday that Democrats plan to attach legislation protecting the special counsel investigation to a spending bill, which would require Democratic support to pass. Schumer said he believed the bill would garner bipartisan support but didn't rule out the possibility of potentially forcing a government shutdown over the legislation, telling host Jake Tapper, "we'll see what happens down the road". "So Congress has to act", Schumer told CNN's "State of the Union".

In selecting Whitaker, who served as chief of staff to Sessions, the president passed over the official who had been in charge of the Mueller probe, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey, however, explains why this is flatly untrue.

President Trump appointed Sessions as Attorney General in 2017.

'I'm not convinced at all. In a forthcoming book, the former first lady criticized Trump for his promotion of the "birther" conspiracy against her husband, and she said she'd "never forgive" him for it.

Of the scrutiny Whitaker is facing, Trump said: "It's a shame that no matter who I put in they go after".

"Given Secretary Acosta's track record - former Supreme Court clerk, former senior official at DOJ, former USA attorney - he would be a strong choice to be the next attorney general", said Matthew Heiman, former Justice Department national security attorney.

All 17 Democrats who sit on the House Judiciary Committee penned a letter to the Republican chairman warning the country was "in the throes of a constitutional crisis". House Democrats could subpoena Mueller and compel him to testify on the investigation, or subpoena the final result.

Axios reported that Schiff also is gearing up for probes of Trump's intervention with the Postal Service as a way to potentially punish rival Jeff Bezos' Amazon, and the administration's handling of the proposed ATT/Time Warner merger.

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