• Protesters gather in Orlando after Trump appoints Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general

    11 days ago - By Orlando Sentinel

    Protests around the country, including Orlando, were organized Thursday in response to President Donald Trump's decision to name Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general. The “Nobody is above the Law” protests were organized by MoveOn , a national, progressive protest group. Protesters began gathering...
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  • Top Senate Democrat challenges Trump on Whitaker appointment

    11 days ago - By Reuters

    President Donald Trump's appointment of a new acting attorney general faced growing scrutiny on Friday, with the U.S. Senate's top Democrat accusing him of ignoring the proper line of succession and some legal experts calling it unconstitutional.
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  • Chuck Schumer questions Trump's authority to appoint acting Attorney General Whitaker

    11 days ago - By CNBC

    Whitaker, who was then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions' chief of staff, was promoted to the acting role after Sessions' ouster was revealed Wednesday. Sessions wrote in a letter to Trump that he had resigned "at your request."
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  • Can He Fire Mueller? Trump's Appointment of Acting Attorney General Raises Important Legal Questions

    11 days ago - By Time

    With one tweet less than 24 hours after the midterm elections, President Donald Trump ousted the head of the Justice Department and promoted his chief of staff in his place.
    Matthew Whitaker, a former U.S. attorney in Iowa who had been serving as Jeff Sessions' top staffer in the Justice Department, is now acting attorney general.
    “He was very, very highly thought of,” Trump told reporters Friday morning. “Matt Whitaker is a very smart man. He is a very respected man in the law enforcement community.”
    But Whitaker's appointment raises some key questions about Robert Mueller's investigation...
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  • Trump to CNN reporter who asked if acting attorney general will rein in Mueller: 'What a stupid question'

    Trump to CNN reporter who asked if acting attorney general will rein in Mueller: 'What a stupid question'

    11 days ago - By Business Insider

    President Donald Trump both defended and distanced himself from controversial acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker during a Friday press conference.
    Some legal scholars have argued that Whitaker - who has frequently criticized the validity of the Mueller probe - being appointed as acting AG is unconstitutional because he was not confirmed by the Senate.
    "What a stupid question that is," Trump replied to CNN reporter Abby Phillip's question of whether the president hoped Whitaker would "reign in" the Mueller probe. "You ask a lot of stupid questions."
    President Donald Trump both...
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  • Trump Already Throwing His Possibly Illegal Hot-Tub-Scam Attorney General Under the Bus

    11 days ago - By Slate

    On Wednesday, Donald Trump asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign and named Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general. Whitaker was a bit of an out-of-right-field choice-he'd only taken the DOJ job a year ago, and before that hadn't worked as a prosecutor since 2009-and reporters looking into his history quickly found that he'd caught Trump's eye by vociferously defending the president and attacking Robert Mueller in TV appearances. Whitaker is also said to have made frequent visits to the Oval Office before being appointed, and word quickly leaked that...
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  • WATCH: Trump slams criticism by 'Mr. Kellyanne Conway'

    11 days ago - By ABC News

    President Trump mocked George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, and his concerns that Matthew Whitaker's appointment as acting attorney general is unconstitutional.
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  • Schumer asks Trump about Whitaker attorney general appointment

    11 days ago - By Reuters

    U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on Friday questioned the legality of President Donald Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general and sent the Republican president a list of questions about the move.
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