I would like to get into two of the things that you reported today. That contradicted Trump's remarks on Fox News last month, when he called Whitaker "a great guy" and said "I mean, I know Matt Whitaker".
"I think this will be a very interim AG", McConnell said.
He bumped up Whitaker into the top spot over Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in a move many experts have called unconstitutional and illegal for no other apparent reason except to gain control of the Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. On CNN past year, Whitaker envisioned Trump reducing Mueller's budget "so low that his investigation grinds to nearly a halt".
Thousands gathered in NY last night in support of Mueller amid fears Trump may try to scrap the probe into allegations of election meddling and collusion by his campaign and Russian Federation.
Suburban activists, like many Democratic leaders, called for newly appointed acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to step away from overseeing Mueller's investigation because he previously made statements against it. He said there was no evidence of collusion.
Whitaker himself stayed out of the public debate Friday.
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Trump stressed that Whitaker was "highly respected", but also repeatedly pointed out that he is serving as attorney general in an "acting" capacity. Whitaker criticized both aspects previous year, and as he is now taking over oversight of the probe, he could try to strangle it, or even rescind Mueller's appointment.
The newly appointed AG, who reportedly has no plans to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation during his time serving at the Justice Department, also expressed concern over what Mueller looking into Trump could mean for the future.
Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump defended his choice of Whitaker, who has been panned by critics for his past comments on the probe, saying the former US attorney had an excellent reputation and came highly recommended by former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, who is now Trump's ambassador to China.
Schumer said Trump's appointment of Whitaker without Senate confirmation "ignored the statutory line of succession and potentially violated the Appointments Clause of the Constitution, which requires all principal officers of the government to be nominated by the president by and with the advice and consent of the Senate".
Following Attorney General Jeff Sessions' resignation, requested by the president earlier this week, there has been a lot of concern from the left about his replacement, acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. Other Senate-confirmed Department of Justice officials were available for the position, but Trump still went forward and tapped Whitaker. McConnell said that's not needed because the probe will be allowed to finish. "That also happens to be my view".