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BREAKING: Trump Names Matthew Whitaker As Acting Attorney General

Trust Jeff Sessions…

The rumor swirling around Washington was that Attorney General Jeff Sessions would be gone after the 2018 Midterm Election. Senator (Based) Lindsey Graham himself said just the other day that Sessions was likely gone after the midterms.

Now it seems that not only is Jeff Sessions out, but he’s been fired via Twitter:

Reports are that President Trump asked Sessions for his resignation letter earlier today. The letter was delivered to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

Matthew Whitaker has served as Jeff Sessions’ Chief of Staff since September of 2017. Whitaker had also been on Trump’s short list of names to replace former White House Counsel Don McGahn.

While Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is currently expected to remain in charge of Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, both their fates may be up for debate. Whitaker had offered to assume Rosenstein’s duties when it looked like he may resign. Matthew Whitaker also had penned a column for CNN titled “Mueller’s Investigation of Trump is Going Too Far.”

This is a developing story. We’ll bring you updates as they happen.

Update: I could not imagine a more perfect explanation as to why Jeff Sessions deserved to be fired.


Reading Mr. Whitaker’s CNN op-ed, one gets the distinct impression that he is not a fan of Mueller’s:

According to a CNN article, Mueller’s investigators could be looking into financial records relating to the Trump Organization that are unrelated to the 2016 election. According to these reports, “sources described an investigation that has widened to focus on possible financial crimes, some unconnected to the 2016 election.” The piece goes on to cite law enforcement sources who say non-Russia-related leads that “involve Trump associates” are being referred to the special counsel “to encourage subjects of the investigation to cooperate.”
This information is deeply concerning to me. It does not take a lawyer or even a former federal prosecutor like myself to conclude that investigating Donald Trump’s finances or his family’s finances falls completely outside of the realm of his 2016 campaign and allegations that the campaign coordinated with the Russian government or anyone else. That goes beyond the scope of the appointment of the special counsel.

In fact, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s letter appointing special counsel Robert Mueller does not give Mueller broad, far-reaching powers in this investigation. He is only authorized to investigate matters that involved any potential links to and coordination between two entities — the Trump campaign and the Russian government. People are wrongly pointing to, and taking out of context, the phrase “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation” to characterize special counsel’s authority as broad.

Will Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker bring the hammer down on Robert Mueller and Rod Rosenstein? Only time will tell.

Tick tock, Mr. Mueller.

UPDATE

Heavy reports that Mr. Whitaker has run twice for office as a Republican. In 2013 during an interview with WHO Radio in Iowa, Whitaker described Rand Paul and Ted Cruz as Senators he would like to emulate. Whitaker also stated that he would like to focus on holding government more accountable.

Perhaps even more interesting, Matthew Whitaker had been floated as a permanent replacement for Jeff Sessions back on October 10.

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