White House Fires Back, Defends New AG

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The White House has released an opinion in favor of President Trump’s new Attorney General. The Free Beacon reports:

The White House, responding to critics, released an opinion Wednesday morning supporting the appointment of Matthew Whitaker to serve as acting attorney general.

In a lengthy opinion, the Office of Legislative Counsel countered arguments that President Donald Trump’s appointment of Whitaker violated federal law and the Constitution. These arguments are likely to get their day in court, as Whitaker’s appointment has already been challenged in the legal system.

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Upon the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and acting under the auspices of the Federal Vacancy Reforms Act, Trump appointed Whitaker—Sessions’s chief of staff—to serve as acting attorney general. Whitaker will serve as acting attorney general until a new AG has been nominated by Trump and confirmed by the Senate (or until a statutorily prescribed deadline passes).

Whitaker has been openly critical of the ongoing investigation by former FBI Director Robert Mueller into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, so his appointment raised alarm in some corners. Sessions had previously recused himself from oversight of the investigation, due to his role as a proxy for Trump in the election, leaving Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in charge of it. Oversight authority now passes in principle to Whitaker—a role he is still considering whether or not to take up.

The law is clearly in the White House’s favor, but as with anything the President does, this could end up in the federal court system and gum up the President’s agenda.

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SD of AZ
SD of AZ
4 years ago

Obstruction, obstruction and more obstruction over something that is well within the authority of the president. I hope this guy steps up and shoves it down the throats of those who would continue their tiresome agenda. And this guy is a lawyer too and well versed in those laws. Take it on and give them hell! Though I can honestly understand if he is reluctant just because of the vitriol of the left and their continuing disgusting actions.

Dolores
Dolores
4 years ago

The demon rats would object to any one the president nominated for any position

zee
zee
4 years ago

And LET M. Whitaker DO ‘The Job’ IN a
FORTHRIGHT MANNER.

zee
zee
4 years ago
Reply to  zee

& NOT be INTIMIDATED ON ANY LEVEL, including
the Press. BY-PASS ‘All Shade’ & ‘GAS-LIGHTING’.

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