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  • Acting AG Whitaker: 'Deeply concerning' how CNN found out about Stone raid

    02/08/2019 10:29:43 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/08/19 | Joe Concha
    Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker said it was "deeply concerning" to him how CNN appeared to have advance knowledge of a raid on the home of political operative Roger Stone. "It was deeply concerning to me as to how CNN found out about that,” Whitaker stated during an oversight hearing to the House Judiciary Committee on Friday morning. CNN said on Jan. 24 that it was in position to capture the dramatic raid by the FBI as a result of "good instincts, some key clues, more than a year of observing comings at the DC federal courthouse and the special...
  • Democrat to acting AG: 'We are not joking here' (Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee)

    02/08/2019 11:17:25 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 123 replies
    Democrat to acting AG: 'We are not joking here' By Morgan Chalfant - 02/08/19 12:26 PM EST Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) chided acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker for behaving in an unacceptable manner during a confrontational House Judiciary Committee hearing Friday. “Mr. attorney general, we are not joking here,” Jackson Lee said. “And your humor is not acceptable.” The tense exchange came as the congresswoman asked Whitaker a series of yes or no questions about his role at the Justice Department and oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Members often asked yes or no questions during oversight hearings...
  • Hearing erupts as Acting AG Whitaker calls time on Dem chairman: ‘Your 5 minutes is up’

    02/08/2019 8:46:38 AM PST · by jazusamo · 106 replies
    Fox News ^ | Februry 8, 2019 | Brooke Singman
    Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker stunned onlookers and lawmakers during an already-contentious House hearing Friday, when he tried to call time on the Democratic chairman after yet another line of questioning regarding Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe. The retort came after Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., first said he wanted Whitaker to appear for a private deposition after the hearing and went on to ask Whitaker whether he had been “asked to approve any requests or action” for the special counsel. “Mr. Chairman, I see that your five minutes is up, so…” Whitaker replied as the hearing room broke out...
  • Acting AG Matthew Whitaker cleared to oversee Trump-Russia investigation, source says

    12/20/2018 8:38:40 AM PST · by libstripper · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec. 20, 2018 | y Brooke Singman, Jake Gibson
    Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker will not recuse himself from overseeing the Russia probe, despite mounting pressure from Democrats who cite his “hostility” toward Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation. A source familiar with the matter told Fox News on Thursday that Whitaker met with Justice Department ethics officials this week, who told him he was not precluded from overseeing Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates during the 2016 presidential election. Whitaker, who served as chief of staff to former Attorney General Jeff Sessions until Sessions was fired, has faced extreme pressure from...
  • AP source: Whitaker doesn’t need to recuse from Russia probe

    12/20/2018 10:11:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 20, 2018 | Michael Balsamo
    Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has been advised by Justice Department ethics officials that he does not need to recuse himself from overseeing the special counsel’s Russia probe. That’s according to a person familiar with the matter and not authorized to discuss it publicly who spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity. Members of Congress have raised concerns about Whitaker’s past criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. …
  • Dershowitz Feuds With Blumenthal Over Whitaker: 'I Was in School of Harvard, Not Schoolhouse Rock'

    11/20/2018 11:42:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 71 replies ^ | November 20, 2018 | Cortney O'Brien
    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wants the DOJ inspector general to investigate President Trump's relationship and correspondence with Matthew Whitaker in the wake of his appointment to acting attorney general. Trump gave Whitaker the role after ousting former AG Jeff Sessions. Democrats are outraged for at least two reasons. One, that Whitaker has publicly criticized Robert Mueller's Russia probe and two, that Whitaker did not get Senate approval for the new position. They argue that under the succession statute, the role of acting AG rightfully belongs to Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein. Schumer adds that if Whitaker remains in the role, he...
  • Justice Dept : “Matthew Whitaker appointment as acting AG fully lawful”

    11/15/2018 2:32:00 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 5 replies
    Espeak ^ | Nov 15, 2018
    Nov. 14 (UPI) — The U.S. Justice Department dismissed claims Wednesday that acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s appointment to succeed Jeff Sessions violated the Constitution. The department issued a 20-page memorandum to show President Donald Trump could appoint Whitaker without a Senate confirmation. Whitaker was appointed acting attorney general last week after Sessions was forced out. The department said it had sought legal advice about a succession plan before his departure. “As all three branches of government have long recognized, the president may designate an acting official to perform the duties of a vacant principal office, including a Cabinet office,...
  • Acting AG Whitaker: Special Counsel 'Required' To Investigate Clinton Foundation

    11/14/2018 9:55:10 AM PST · by McQ444 · 23 replies
    NN ^ | 2018-11-14 21:00 | Jacky Murphy
    The acting attorney general of the United States and a former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, Matthew Whitaker, claimed in a 2016 interview that there is "enough evidence" to investigate the Clinton Foundation.
  • Matthew Whitaker Can Legally Serve as Acting AGl, JD Says

    11/14/2018 7:34:51 AM PST · by CaptainK · 140 replies
    WSJl ^ | 11/14/2018 | Sadie Gurman
    Trump’s DOJ says Whitaker can serve in acting role without Senate confirmation. Matthew Whitaker can properly serve as acting attorney general without Senate confirmation, the Justice Department said in a legal opinion released Wednesday, though the document is unlikely to end the debate over Mr. Whitaker’s installation as the country’s top law-enforcement officer.
  • 'Unlawful': Napolitano Agrees With Legal Challenge to Whitaker Appointment

    11/13/2018 10:24:38 AM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyColonel · 143 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | 13 Nov 18 | Fox & Friends
    "Says 'can't have musical chairs' at top of DOJ." The state of Maryland is reportedly set to ask a federal judge for an injunction declaring the appointment of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker illegal, and Judge Andrew Napolitano agrees that Whitaker is not "legally qualified" for the role. Maryland is likely to make the unprecedented move on Tuesday in a bid to block Whitaker from exercising the duties in the position, arguing that his appointment is not legitimate. The state will reportedly claim that deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein is the rightful acting attorney general. Whitaker’s appointment has been under...
  • Newly Appointed Acting US Attorney General Whitaker is a Force to be Reckoned With

    11/12/2018 9:59:40 AM PST · by deandg99 · 19 replies
    Great American Republic ^ | 11/10/2018 | Great American Republic
    Newly appointed Acting AG Whitaker is obviously a force to be reckoned with and immediately took on Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer. Senator Schumer has already jumped on the call for the Acting AG to recuse himself, but he is no longer dealing with Jeff Sessions. It is clear that Special Counsel Robert Muller’s Russia probe will be closely overseen by Acting AG Matthew Whitaker. That has had liberal noggins exploding all over the beltway since he was announced. As Written and Reported By Matt Vespa for Townhall: President Trump fired Jeff Sessions from his attorney general post yesterday. Matthew Whitaker...