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In U.S. midterm elections on Tuesday Democrats took control of the House of Representatives while Republicans held the Senate In U.S. midterm elections on Tuesday Democrats took control of the House of Representatives while Republicans held the Senate
Kenny Thornton | 11 November, 2018, 18:21

Before departing for Paris on Friday, President Donald Trump made a point of insisting he wasn't familiar with newly appointed acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker.

President Trump went on to say Whitaker will make an outstanding acting attorney general at the DOJ.

The Whitaker appointment has fueled uncertainty about the future of the Mueller investigation, with many Democrats now urging the former USA attorney and Division I football player to recuse himself from overseeing the probe.

"I think this will be a very interim AG", McConnell said. "He worked for Attorney General Sessions".

The New York Daily News reports that among them are Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Trump said "I didn't speak to Matt Whitaker" about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and possible collusion and obstruction by the Trump campaign, before he named him to the elevated role earlier this week. You can start by calling your senators and asking them to request that Trump furnish a formal nomination so they can conduct hearings and vote as a body to confirm that person as Attorney General. The new position handed him oversight of Mueller's investigation into possible ties between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

Gonzales said he was unsure of what could be done if Whitaker moved to stop the Mueller investigation. Some are saying that he may have been acting as Trump's "spy" inside the Dept. of Justice.

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At a music festival previous year in Las Vegas , Telemachus Orfanos survived the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Thomas, who has known Orfanos since they were in high school, said her friend didn't talk much about his experience in Vegas.

"He was very, very highly thought of, and still is highly thought of, but this only comes up because anybody that works for me, they do a number on them", Trump said. But some constitutional scholars have questioned the legality of the appointment, citing a constitutional requirement that the attorney general must be approved by the Senate.

Those concerns stem from comments made by Whitaker before he joined the Justice Department a year ago.

Since Wednesday, Whitaker has faced pressure from Democrats to recuse himself from overseeing Mueller based on critical comments he made about the investigation before joining the Justice Department previous year. "But I didn't know Matt Whitaker". Christie, who rose to prominence on a brash-talking populist narrative similar to Trump's yet lost to him in the 2016 GOP primary, was an ostensibly pro-life candidate who called for defunding Planned Parenthood but also endorsed abortion as "self-defense" in rape cases.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, a career Justice Department official already confirmed by the Senate, should have been named the new attorney general.

One of Mueller's former coworkers, Frank Figliuzzi, appeared on Brian Williams' 11th Hour and told MSNBC: "I think he's ready to indict some folks and ... those indictments will tell the story of what he's found against the president". "That also happens to be my view".

Trump told reporters he has not discussed the post with Christie, who he said was "a friend of mine" and "a good man".

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