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There's no indication that Mr Whitaker intends to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

Trump had been aware before appointing him that Whitaker was a skeptic of the Mueller probe, which factored into the decision to tap him over Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, two White House advisers told The Washington Post.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is conducting a criminal investigation of a Florida company accused of scamming millions from customers during the period that Matthew Whitaker, the acting US attorney general, served as a paid advisory-board member, the WSJ reported.

Brennan noted Whitaker's previous criticisms of Mueller and his investigation and asked Graham what suggests Whitaker can remain "impartial".

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Democrats will specifically scrutinize whether Whitaker made any "commitments to the president about the probe", Mr Schiff said on NBC. The House Judiciary Committee will summon Mr Whitaker - by subpoena if necessary - to examine his "expressed hostility to the investigation", said Mr Nadler, the New York Democrat poised to lead the panel.

If you don't believe us, then take it from Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, whom Mr. Trump once called his "favorite" sitting justice. "He has already prejudged the Mueller situation". "I don't think that disqualifies somebody from being the chief law enforcement officer at the Department of Justice", Ms Conway said in a separate "Fox News Sunday" appearance. In addition, Mr Whitaker is also a close friend of Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign co-chair Sam Clovis.

Mr Whitaker has made multiple negative comments about the Mueller investigation. But the flaw in the appointment of Mr. Whitaker, who was Mr. Sessions's chief of staff at the Justice Department, runs much deeper. The Supreme Court held the appointment invalid on a statutory ground.