Meet Trump's New Acting Attorney General, Matthew Whitaker

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Trump has made it clear, Swalwell said, that the only thing he cares about with the Justice Department and who runs it is "that person's position on his personal criminal exposure and that of his family in the Russian Federation probe".

Trump named Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general after firing Sessions - a move Trump critics viewed as an attempt to shut down or interfere with Mueller's probe.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has endured more than a year of criticism from Donald Trump over the Mueller inquiry.

Mueller's probe has since reached plea deals with or indicted a number of Trump associates.

Sessions' resignation, in a one-page letter to President Donald Trump, came one day after Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives and was the first of several expected post-midterms Cabinet and White House departures.

In this April 24, 2014, file photo, then-Iowa Republican senatorial candidate and former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker watches before a live televised debate in Johnston, Iowa.

"Sessions did not do the thing he could have done to better protect Rosenstein, and through Rosenstein, the Mueller investigation", Vladeck said. He said it in an interview with The New York Times.

Only minutes later, a series of questions he found overly hostile sent him into a most un-loving blowup.

Rosenstein was at the center of a recent controversy after it was reported that in the spring of 2017 he raised the idea of Cabinet members invoking the 25th amendment to remove the president and suggested that he should secretly record Trump.

He found satisfaction in being able to reverse Obama-era policies that conservatives say flouted the will of Congress, encouraging prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges they could and promoting more aggressive enforcement of federal marijuana law. The other one was, reportedly, vice president. Shortly after, the White House took the extremely rare measure of revoking Acosta's press pass.

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"The question is: did the reporter make contact or not?"

Follayattar said the Portland protest exceeded her expectations.

"Whitaker has publicly outlined strategies to stifle the investigation and can not be allowed to remain in charge of it", Move On said in a statement on its website.

So it's a big deal that oversight of the Russian Federation probe is moving from Rosenstein, who likes the job Mueller is doing, to a man who's been so critical of the investigation. Whitaker, however, has made comments skeptical of the Mueller probe.

"It was supposed to be on collusion".

Trump said he will nominate a permanent successor for Sessions at a later date. "They went after people with tax problems, from years ago".

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of CT also criticized Whitaker's appointment. An infuriated Trump responded by repeatedly and publicly seeking to humiliate Sessions.

Republican control of both chambers of Congress had actually checked the ambitions of the Democrats, who have been warning for months that once they capture the House they will intensify congressional probes into Trump's ties to Russian Federation.

It could, but this would spark a constitutional crisis and is unlikely to happen.

Sessions clashed, though, with Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, resisting his proposals to overhaul the criminal justice system and standing by his hard-line approach to imprisonment and sentencing.

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