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"Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have been the first Trump Cabinet-level member purged in the wake of the midterm elections — but he is unlikely to be the last."

Trump had already said there was going to be major shake-up in the administration after the election.

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What Acting AG Whitaker’s record says about how he might handle the Mueller probe

 

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Whitaker’s record on the Mueller investigation

In an op-ed published last year by CNN, Whitaker warned Mueller would be crossing a “red line” if his investigation looked into the finances of the Trump family.

“If he were to continue to investigate the financial relationships without a broadened scope in his appointment, then this would raise serious concerns that the special counsel’s investigation was a mere witch hunt,” Whitaker wrote.

During an appearance on CNN last year, Whitaker suggested that whoever replaced Sessions would not need to fire Mueller but could reduce his budget “so low that his investigations grinds to almost a halt.”

In August 2017, Whitaker retweeted an article that called Mueller’s team a “lynch mob.”.....

when Whitaker was running for U.S. Senate, he said appointed judges should have a “biblical view of justice.” If they had a secular worldview, he said that would make him “very concerned about how they judge.”

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/what-acting-ag-whitakers-record-says-about-how-he-might-handle-the-mueller-probe

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John Q. Barrett @JohnQBarrett

 

Whitaker told me in June 2017 that he was flying out from Iowa to NYC to be on CNN regularly because he was hoping to be noticed as a Trump defender,

and through that to get a Trump judicial appointment back in Iowa.

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Matthew MillerVerified account @matthewamiller 20h20 hours ago

 

FFS. All he had to do was attack the Mueller probe on tv

and lo and behold he ends up as the AG with power to shut it down.

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Carol LeonnigVerified account @CarolLeonnig

 
 

Consider Trump's new AG.

-hired by DOJ after going on TV to rip the Mueller probe

-friends with a Trump campaign chair, Mueller witness

- helped lead company that bilked customers out of $millions, threatened one for complaining

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/politics/in-matthew-whitaker-trump-has-a-loyalist-at-the-helm-of-the-justice-department/2018/11/07/addfeb3e-e2cb-11e8-ab2c-b31dcd53ca6b_story.html 

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 Whitaker’s appointment as acting Attorney General is unconstitutional

 

"........... The president always has to worry about that “advise and consent” stuff. It doesn’t matter what the Vacancies Reform Act or any other statute says. The Appointments Clause in Article II of the Constitution says that “principal officers” must be confirmed by the Senate, period. (“Inferior officers,” who work under principals, can be appointed without confirmation.) For good reason. .........

In addition to the Vacancies Reform Act, there’s another statute specific to the DOJ that says the deputy AG — Rosenstein — takes over if there’s a vacancy in the top job. To the extent that the two statutes conflict, with Trump wanting Whitaker in under the VRA and a separate law indicating that Rosenstein should take the job, the Court might resolve the discrepancy in favor of the latter just because it’s more specific.

Congress had a particular plan in mind for the DOJ so that’s the plan that should be followed. ......

https://hotair.com/archives/2018/11/08/john-yoo-whitakers-appointment-acting-attorney-general-unconstitutional/

 

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19 minutes ago, mr6666 said:

 Whitaker’s appointment as acting Attorney General is unconstitutional

 

"........... The president always has to worry about that “advise and consent” stuff. It doesn’t matter what the Vacancies Reform Act or any other statute says. The Appointments Clause in Article II of the Constitution says that “principal officers” must be confirmed by the Senate, period. (“Inferior officers,” who work under principals, can be appointed without confirmation.) For good reason. .........

In addition to the Vacancies Reform Act, there’s another statute specific to the DOJ that says the deputy AG — Rosenstein — takes over if there’s a vacancy in the top job. To the extent that the two statutes conflict, with Trump wanting Whitaker in under the VRA and a separate law indicating that Rosenstein should take the job, the Court might resolve the discrepancy in favor of the latter just because it’s more specific.

Congress had a particular plan in mind for the DOJ so that’s the plan that should be followed. ......

https://hotair.com/archives/2018/11/08/john-yoo-whitakers-appointment-acting-attorney-general-unconstitutional/

 

Good luck with that.  You might get a lower court to rule Whitaker cannot take office, but he already has.  Could issue an injunction, but then Trump would directly appeal to Supreme Court for injunction to be lifted until case fully decided by the Supreme Court and they would decide 5-4 in favor of whatever Trump wants to do.

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from October 10....

Trump talked with Jeff Sessions’s own chief of staff (Whitaker) about replacing him as attorney general

 

"President Trump talked recently with Jeff Sessions’s own chief of staff about replacing Sessions as attorney general, according to people briefed on the conversation, signaling that the president remains keenly interested in ousting his top law enforcement official.

The conversation between Trump and Matthew G. Whitaker was somewhat nebulous, the people said. It was not clear, for example, whether Whitaker would take over on an interim basis or be nominated in a more permanent capacity, or how definitive the president’s intentions were....

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-talked-with-jeff-sessionss-own-chief-of-staff-about-replacing-him-as-attorney-general/2018/10/10/e010211c-ccc5-11e8-a3e6-44daa3d35ede_story.html?utm_term=.742c494886ee

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Seth AbramsonVerified account @SethAbramson 4h4 hours ago

 
 

.... Trump's Chief of Staff, John Kelly, privately called Whitaker Trump's "eyes and ears" at Justice, and media reports confirm he was *specifically* prone to discuss the Mueller probe with Trump.

 
 

 Any secret Whitaker-Trump discussion of Mueller probe was inappropriate—Trump knew it, Sessions knew it, Kelly knew it, and Whitaker knew it.

But Whitaker had been selected *because* his history showed he was willing to break rules—and he was perpetually thankful for his job.

 

Moreover, because Sessions' firing—obscured by Trump forcing Sessions to write a "letter of resignation," then confirmed by Kelly ordering Sessions out of DOJ 3 days before Sessions wanted—was obstruction, and will likely be looked into by Mueller,

Whitaker's now a *witness*. .........

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Seth AbramsonVerified account @SethAbramson 2h2 hours ago

 
 

 BREAKING NEWS (NYT): In July 2017, Trump ordered Don McGahn to interview Matt Whitaker about becoming a legal attack dog for Trump against the Mueller probe.

A month later Whitaker was installed... *as Sessions' Chief of Staff*.

And Trump began meeting with Whitaker regularly.

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Seth AbramsonVerified account @SethAbramson

 

The news that Whitaker *didn't know Sessions* when he was made his *Chief of Staff* confirms what I wrote in my prior thread:

Whitaker was brought into DOJ by Trump as a Russia end-around (a function made necessary by Sessions' recusal).

Add to that Trump lying re: knowing him...

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Appears another is about to fall.  Homeland Security sec. Kirstjen Nielsen may be leaving soon. Less than a year after taking over.  Apparently Trump cannot accept that this is a nation of laws, a democracy and there is a Constitution.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-is-preparing-to-remove-kirstjen-nielsen-as-homeland-security-secretary-aides-say/2018/11/12/77111496-e6b0-11e8-bbdb-72fdbf9d4fed_story.html?utm_term=.c25cbcfbfc7c&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1

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4 minutes ago, mr6666 said:

After clashes with first lady and others, Kelly may soon exit White House

The White House Chief of Staff has had an array of disputes with officials from the NSC and the East Wing in recent months.

Add this to the First Lady (!) firing the assistant NSA.  I don't even think Nancy Reagan would have done that.  At least not without a lot more reason and finesse. 

As for Kelly, I think he is torn between an honest belief that he can somehow make it better by staying.  Also, he has that Marine Corps mindset of never giving up - even when you are losing.

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State of Maryland asks judge to declare Rosenstein acting attorney general

Trump bypassed Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who is overseeing the special counsel investigation, in favor of Matt Whitaker for acting AG.

 

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/state-maryland-asks-judge-declare-rosenstein-acting-attorney-general-n935446?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_np

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7 minutes ago, Bogie56 said:
Opinion
Matthew Whitaker is steeped in time travel and Bigfoot. He’s the right man for the job.
Only such a man could successfully sell the notion that the special counsel’s inquiry is a hoax.
By Dana Milbank  •  Read more »
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I'd love to be able to read that, but the site won't allow it unless I pay. More and more of these linked stories are unreadable, either behind pay walls or disabled for ad blockers.

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2 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

I'd love to be able to read that, but the site won't allow it unless I pay. More and more of these linked stories are unreadable, either behind pay walls or disabled for ad blockers.

Don't you get a couple of free reads per month with the Post?

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