Three leading Democratic Senators filed a suit Monday to block the nomination on the grounds that it is unconstitutional.
"Installing Matthew Whitaker so flagrantly defies constitutional law that any viewer of School House Rock would recognize it. Americans prize a system of checks and balances, which President Trump's dictatorial appointment betrays", Blumenthal said. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). In August 2017, he wrote a CNN op-ed arguing that "Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russian Federation 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing" by reportedly looking into Trump's finances.
Over the past year, Whitaker has repeatedly criticized Mueller's investigation, at one point even suggesting how a new attorney general could choke off funding to Mueller's office. "The Special Counsel continues to exercise the same authority, and the jurisdiction of the district court and this Court is intact", he added on the Whitaker situation. Others, including the trio of senators who filed Monday's lawsuit, have argued that Whitaker's appointment violates the Constitution because Whitaker, who worked as Sessions's chief of staff, is not a Senate-confirmed official.
Congressional Democrats have expressed concern that Whitaker, a Trump loyalist, could undermine or even fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, whose investigation of Russia's role in the 2016 US election has cast a cloud over Trump's presidency. "He needs to know that if he takes any action to curb what Mr. Mueller does, we're going to find out about it", he said. There was such an acting attorney general in 1866 for several days, but that was before Congress had created a Justice Department for that official to supervise.
On November 7, President Trump appointed Whitaker to oversee the Department of Justice - including the Special Counsel's investigation - in violation of the Constitution's Appointments Clause.
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Center Dwight Howard (a recurrence of his gluteal soreness) was limited to seven minutes against the Trail Blazers . They also have better percentages both in field goals (47.2% to 45.3%) and in 3-pointers (38.3% to 32.7%).
Trump also said his written answers to questions the Mueller team posed to him is likely all he will provide the special counsel, though he will weigh any follow-up request from the prosecutor for a sit-down interview.
Whitaker took over supervision of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russia's role in the 2016 USA election after Trump appointed him on November 7 as the chief United States law enforcement official to replace Jeff Sessions, who the president removed.
The Justice Department issued a statement today defending Whitaker's appointment as "lawful" and said it comports with the Appointments Clause, the Federal Vacancies Reform Act and legal precedent. The Senators' complaint asks the Court to declare Whitaker's appointment unconstitutional and to enjoin him from serving as, or carrying out the duties of, Acting Attorney General. Vladeck said there is Supreme Court precedent for the argument that Whitaker's assignment is temporary and therefore not an "appointment" under the Constitution.
Stone, who was a longtime informal political adviser to Trump, once described Miller as his "wingman" because he helped manage Stone's schedule, travel and media appearances, and also provided "some I.T. work".