Acting AG Matthew Whitaker finally cleared to oversee Trump-Russia investigation

Many likely thought that Matt Whitaker, the man appointed by President Trump to temporarily take over for departed (do-nothing) Attorney General Jeff Sessions, was already overseeing the Trump-Mueller investigation. Not so. Enemies of POTUS Trump attempted to force Whitaker to recuse himself, thus shielding the Mueller investigation from any real/non-biased, oversight. Whitaker did his due diligence and just this week was given the green light by Justice Department ethics officials to proceed with full oversight powers over the Mueller team. 

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Via FOX NEWS:

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 Democrats to recuse himself to ensure that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein continues in that role.

Sessions recused himself from overseeing the probe due to his work on the Trump campaign in 2016, turning control to Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller on May 17, 2017. Sessions, whose resignation was requested in early November, had been criticized by Trump throughout his tenure at the Justice Department due to the decision to recuse himself from the investigation.

Whitaker’s new role includes oversight of the Russia investigation, along with the agency’s other federal investigations, including the New York prosecutors’ look into the finances of Trump and his former aides.

But Democrats and 18 state attorneys general blasted Whitaker’s appointment, pointing to his past comments in the media about the investigation.

In an op-ed Whitaker wrote last year, he argued that Rosenstein should “order Mueller to limit the scope of his investigation to the four corners of the order appointing the special counsel.”

“If he doesn’t, then Mueller’s investigation will eventually start to look like a political fishing expedition,” Whitaker wrote. This would not only be out of character for a respected figure like Mueller, but also could be damaging to the President of the United States and his family—and by extension, to the country.”

Separately, in a June 2017 CNN appearance, Whitaker said that he could “see a scenario where Jeff Sessions is replaced with a recess appointment, and that attorney general doesn’t fire Bob Mueller, but he just reduces his budget to so low that his investigation grinds almost to a halt.”

Last month, though, the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel issued an opinion supporting Whitaker’s appointment, which remains temporary.

Earlier this month, Trump appointed William Barr, who served as attorney general under the late former President George H.W. Bush, to replace Sessions. Barr is awaiting Senate confirmation. Barr has criticized Mueller as well, specifically the lack of “balance” in the team of special counsel prosecutors. The majority of investigators appointed to the special counsel’s office made significant political donations to Democratic candidates and causes, with a majority also registered as Democratic voters.

But according to a Wall Street Journal report this week, Barr also sent a 20-page memo to the Justice Department calling Mueller’s Russia probe “legally unsupportable” and “potentially disastrous,” specifically referring any inquiries into obstruction of justice. Barr reportedly wrote that line of inquiry was “fatally misconceived.”

A date for Barr’s Senate confirmation hearing has yet to be set.

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DOJ Gives Matthew Whitaker Legal Approval To Serve As Acting Attorney General

Despite the all-too-predictable cries for ‘RECUSE!’ coming from Democrats, Matthew Whitaker was just given the legal green light from on high as the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel released its opinion that Mr. Whitaker is a legally viable figure to serve as the acting AG per the Federal Vacancies Reform Act (VRA) of 1998.

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Whitaker is a beast of a man whose physical presence and no-nonsense stare are well known and respected throughout the Justice Department. He has made his concerns public in recent months regarding the ever-widening scope of the highly controversial Mueller probe which in turn has made him an enemy of Democrats who hope to continue using that probe to damage the Trump presidency.

Via Fox News:

Whitaker previously served as Sessions’ chief of staff at the Justice Department. The president requested Sessions’ resignation last week, just hours after the polls closed on Election Day. Sessions had been criticized by the president throughout his tenure at the Justice Department due to his decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation, due to his involvement with the Trump campaign in 2016.

Following Sessions’ recusal, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller to investigate Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates in the 2016 presidential election.

But Whitaker’s new role would include oversight of the Russia investigation, along with the agency’s other federal investigations, including the New York prosecutors’ look into the finances of Trump and his former aides.

Democrats and eighteen state attorneys general have taken issue with Whitaker’s appointment, calling for him to recuse himself from overseeing the Russia probe, citing in part his “hostility” to the investigation given his past criticism in the media.

In an op-ed Whitaker wrote last year, he argued that “any investigation into President Trump’s finances or the finances of his family would require Mueller to return to Rod Rosenstein for additional authority under Mueller’s appointment as special counsel.”

“It is time for Rosenstein…to order Mueller to limit the scope of his investigation to the four corners of the order appointing him special counsel,” Whitaker wrote. “If he doesn’t, then Mueller’s investigation will eventually start to look like a political fishing expedition. This would not only be out of character for a respected figure like Mueller, but also could be damaging to the President of the United States and his family—and by extension, to the country.”

And separately, in July 2017, Whitaker told CNN, “I could see a scenario where Jeff Sessions is replaced with a recess appointment, and that attorney general doesn’t fire Bob Mueller, but he just reduces his budget to so low that his investigation grinds to almost a halt.”

Meanwhile, Whitaker made his first public appearance as acting attorney general on Wednesday in Iowa, his home state, and delivered remarks on “elder justice.”

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BREAKING: Jeff Sessions OUT As Attorney General

Many suspected it was coming but the official announcement is still rocking the foundations of DC at this time as President Trump makes it official:

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DEVELOPING…