Matthew Whitaker was named Acting Attorney General Wednesday after Jeff Sessions turned in his resignation at President Trump’s request.
Whitaker also took over the Mueller probe, bumping Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein from the position.
Democrat lawmakers panicked after Rosenstein lost control over the Mueller witch hunt and called for Whitaker to recuse himself from the Russia investigation.
Nancy Pelosi called for Whitaker to recuse himself and for Congress to take immediate action to protect the rule of law.
PELOSI: 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.
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
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) November 7, 2018
Democrat Senator Gillibrand called for Whitaker to recuse himself from the Russia investigation.
It is deeply troubling that Acting AG Matthew Whitaker has previously publicly criticized the Mueller investigation. He must recuse himself from overseeing the probe so that it can proceed without interference — and Congress must pass legislation to protect it.
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) November 8, 2018
Democrat Senator Kamala Harris also called for Whitaker to recuse himself.
Matthew Whitaker, the acting Attorney General, clearly wants to limit the Mueller investigation. He must recuse himself and legislation should be brought to the Senate floor to ensure Mueller’s investigation is protected.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 7, 2018
Whitaker will not recuse himself from the Russia probe and according to associates he won’t approve of a presidential subpoena either.
Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker has no intention of recusing himself from overseeing the special counsel probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to people close to him who added they do not believe he would approve any subpoena of President Trump as part of that investigation.
BREAKING: Attorney General Whitaker Won't recuse himself from Mueller probe. Won't approve subpoena of President Donald Trump.
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) November 8, 2018
In case you missed it, click here to see what Matthew Whitaker thinks of Rosenstein and the Russia investigation.
Paul Sperry pointed out that Acting AG Whitaker can also appoint a second Special Counsel to investigate #Spygate.
Not only can Acting AG Matt Whitaker rein in Mueller's outside-the-scope-of-his-mandate probe, but he can also appoint a second Special Counsel to investigate the origins of the FBI's "Crossfire Hurricane" probe and investigative misconduct and abuses by Obama DOJ & FBI. #SpyGate
— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) November 8, 2018