Trump Defends Whitaker, Still Claims He Previously 'Did Not Know' Acting AG

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President Donald Trump's new acting Justice Department chief Matthew Whitaker drew tough criticism Friday over his denial of Russia's meddling in the 2016 elections and his past involvement in a company fined millions for bilking clients.

Other critics have slammed Trump's decision to appoint Whitaker as acting attorney general over Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein because the move puts Whitaker in charge of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, which Whitaker had been publicly critical of. And the Senate should refuse to confirm any nominee to replace Sessions who won't pledge under oath to protect the special counsel and allow him to complete his assignment.

"I don't know Matt Whitaker", Trump told reporters at the White House before leaving on a trip to France.

"He was very very highly thought of..." Likewise, as Chief, I did not know Mr. Whitaker except primarily as he traveled with A.G. Sessions.

Undoubtedly there is question to the intent of Trump's appointment of Whitaker. "I know Matt Whitaker". This statement comes after President Trump told Fox & Friends on October 11 that, "I can tell you Matt Whitaker's a great guy".

"I wanted to give a little light", Winter said, handing out nearly all of her 40 decorative candles to the gathered protestors. "I want to get the elections over".

We can not know whether public opinion in 2018 would echo what happened in 1973. He has drawn scrutiny given his previous comments blasting Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation, which he now oversees. "Given his record of threats to undermine & weaken the Russian Federation investigation, Matthew Whitaker should recuse himself from any involvement in Mueller's investigation".

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President Donald Trump attends a press conference at the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, on November 7, 2018.

On May 9, 2017, President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. "You'd have absolutely nobody left".

Carson City - With ballots still being counted from Tuesday's midterm election, the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions inspired roughly 50 people from around the region to gather in front of the Nevada State Legislature on Thursday November 8 at 5:00 conjunction with a nationwide protest. Republican Sen. Jeff Flake and Democratic Sen.

Republican Senate chief Mitch McConnell insisted the probe was not under threat and that Whitaker was only a "very interim" Justice head, while Trump weighs candidates for a permanent attorney general.

He subsequently tweeted that Iowa Governor Joni Ernst, US Senator Chuck Grassley and US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad were among those who thought "very highly" of Whitaker.

Trump also complained to reporters that Mueller had not been confirmed by the U.S. Senate. For Trump, Sessions' recusal was an unforgivable sin. A new special prosecutor was appointed and given at least as much independence as Cox had, and Nixon complied with subpoenas that had been the immediate cause of the conflict. The bill would give special counsels a 10-day window to seek review of a firing.

Just before leaving for Paris, where he will take part in events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, Trump said he "didn't know" Whitaker but the former USA attorney from Iowa was "highly thought of". Whitaker served as US attorney in Iowa from 2004 until 2009.

Whitaker also served on the advisory board for a patent promotion company that paid almost $26 million to settle charges that it cheated clients.