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Mere hours after Democrats gained control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections, it was announced that President Donald Trump had requested and accepted the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

This finally vindicated the persistent rumors since the early days of the administration that Sessions would eventually be fired by Trump, most likely due to Sessions’ recusal from all matters related to Russia as soon as he was confirmed.

The president wasted no time in also announcing Sessions’ interim replacement, naming the now-former attorney general’s chief of staff — Matthew Whitaker — as acting attorney general until a permanent replacement could be nominated by Trump and confirmed by the Senate.

The Hill reported that Whitaker — who has not recused himself from anything like Sessions had — will assume control of all investigations and prosecutions within the Justice Department, including the special counsel probe into Trump and alleged Russian election interference that is being led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller, a probe that until now had been overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein due to Sessions’ recusal.

Indeed, DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores informed The Hill, “The Acting Attorney General is in charge of all matters under the purview of the Department of Justice.” Whitaker now being in charge of “all matters” under the DOJ is quite possibly bad news for Mueller, as he will assume oversight responsibilities from Rosenstein and has made his opinion of the Mueller probe — hint: He’s not a big fan — publicly known in the not-too-distant past.

President Trump has long characterized the Mueller probe as little more than a baseless “witch hunt” against him, and in an opinion article published by CNN in August 2017, Whitaker appeared to agree with that general assessment and wrote, “The President is absolutely correct. Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russia 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing.”

At issue for Whitaker were the rumors at that time that Mueller was preparing to scour through the financial records of the Trump Organization in a search for any sort of financial crime that could be pinned on Trump or a Trump associate, even if it had no particular relation to the Russia investigation.

Whitaker wrote 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.”

Whitaker argued that Mueller did not have “broad authority” to investigate whatever he pleased, and pointed out that Mueller would need to specifically request additional authority from Rosenstein to dig into matters not explicitly laid out in Rosenstein’s initial letter authorizing the special counsel probe.

“If he were to continue to investigate the financial relationships without a broadened scope in his appointment, then this would raise serious concerns that the special counsel’s investigation was a mere witch hunt,” he wrote.

“It is time for Rosenstein, who is the acting attorney general for the purposes of this investigation, to order Mueller to limit the scope of his investigation to the four corners of the order appointing him special counsel,” Whitaker concluded at that time.

“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.”

Now that Whitaker is in charge of everything at the DOJ — including the special counsel probe formerly overseen by Rosenstein — Whitaker can impose the suggested limits on the scope of the investigation, if not shut the investigation down altogether … a possibility that was not lost on Congressional Democrats who’ve gone out of their way to defend and protect the investigation, who immediately demanded that Whitaker similarly recuse himself as Sessions had done.

The Hill reported that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement, “Given his previous comments advocating defunding and imposing limitations on the Mueller investigation, Mr. Whitaker should recuse himself from its oversight for the duration of his time as acting attorney general.”

House Minority Leader — and presumed next House Speaker — Nancy Pelosi said in a pair of tweets that Trump’s firing of Sessions was a “blatant” effort to “undermine and end” the Mueller investigation. She tweeted of Whitaker, “Given his record of threats to undermine & weaken the Russia investigation, Matthew Whitaker should recuse himself from any involvement in Mueller’s investigation. Congress must take immediate action to protect the rule of law and integrity of the investigation. #FollowTheFacts”

Along those lines, Democratic New York Rep. Jerry Nadler — who stands poised to assume the chair of the House Judiciary Committee — tweeted, “Americans must have answers immediately as to the reasoning behind @realDonaldTrump removing Jeff Sessions from @TheJusticeDept. Why is the President making this change and who has authority over Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation? We will be holding people accountable.”

Obviously, we don’t know yet what Whitaker intends to do with regard to the Mueller investigation, or even how long he will be acting attorney general and in charge of the Mueller investigation. But it wouldn’t be surprising if he issued some sort of revised scope of authority that limited the range to which Mueller may go in his presumed efforts to dig up dirt on Trump and his associates.

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15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. Stephen Russell

    November 9, 2018 at 3:26 am

    Get Hillary:
    Uranium 1.
    Pvt Email server.
    Clinton Fdn abuses.
    Bill Clinton
    & allies to Clinton Fdn
    Take down.
    Benghazi

    • Dean Perry

      November 9, 2018 at 6:27 am

      Recall we had three hearings on Benghazi??????? You really want more taxpayer money WASTED???

      • Grace Joy

        November 9, 2018 at 6:20 pm

        Of course liberals want no investigation into the death of US citizens caused by Hillary’s corruption.

    • Arda

      November 9, 2018 at 9:26 am

      I agree. You have to fight as hard as they do – and probably as underhanded and dirty, unfortunately.

      • Charles Scott

        November 10, 2018 at 9:56 am

        And there’s no-one tougher or better prepared for that than Donald Trump.

  2. neo

    November 9, 2018 at 3:55 am

    I herd Rosenstein went running to the White House after Sessions was terminated …I guess to plead with Trump to keep his job….OR to see if he still had a job.

    • Dean Perry

      November 9, 2018 at 6:26 am

      Herd?? LOL

    • Arda

      November 9, 2018 at 9:27 am

      Probably wanting to not only keep his job but stupidly hoping he would get promoted – NOT. scum is always scum. I’d rather see him fire the little twerp.

  3. Linda

    November 9, 2018 at 4:14 am

    Hoping that Matthew Whitaker becomes the Democrats’ worst nightmare.

  4. Smarter One

    November 9, 2018 at 4:14 am

    Get em….LOL!

  5. Susan Sharrow

    November 9, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    We need Trey Gowdy in that position and clean up once and for all. If not, someone as dedicated and strong as Gowdy is. Sessions needed to go long ago, he did absolutely nothing!

  6. Bob Abrams

    November 9, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Why not limit the investigation to its original charge? Also, give it an expiration date as this thing just goes on and on–how poorly does Mueller operate or maybe there is nothing there.
    Speaking of nothing there, why would they beat up on Kavanaugh when crap like this happens:

    https://www.npr.org/2018/11/08/665673141/eric-schneiderman-wont-face-criminal-charges-over-allegations-of-abuse
    Fair is fair and doing the right thing is doing the right thing….

  7. Silas Longshot

    November 9, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Sessions was just another long term, deep state RINO who plays by the DC rules like all the others with lukewarm support of Trump, or outright hostility. He didn’t accomplish a damn thing while he was in the job, which kept his democrat pals happy as this clown show drags on and on and on while finding NOTHING on Trump. Now with this guy, they’re shatting themselves in panic, trying everything they can think of (‘constitutional crisis’ for instance) to NOT let this guy get loose in the records department and actually act like an AG with some ballz. His position is ‘temporary’ or ‘transitional’ which is correct in procedure while the DC machine slowly grinds an ‘approved’ AG into position. How long that temporary time frame is, is anyone’s guess.

  8. MICHAEL McBRIDE

    November 9, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    FROM WHAT I HAVE BEEN SEEING. WE DONT NEED TO VOTE FOR A PRESIDENT IF HE IS A REPUBLICAN. THE DEMOCRATS WONT LEAVE HIM ALONE. ALL THAT HAS BEEN DONE IS ACCUSATION AFTER ACCUSATION FROM THE DEMOCRATS EVEN BEFORE HE TOOK OFFICE.FROM WHAT I’AM SEEING IS THE HOUSE AND SENATE RUNS THE COUNTRY. MR. PRESIDENT WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR. NOW IS THE TIME TO BRING THE FULL WEIGHT OF THE OFFICE DOWN ON THE DEMOCRATS AND RUN THEM OUT OF OFFICE.PERSONALLY I EXPECT ANOTHER CIVIL WAR TO BREAK OUT SOON.

  9. Matt

    November 9, 2018 at 11:59 pm

    What did Sessions do? Absolutely nothing. Noting at all.

    He should have resigned long ago.

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