Acting AG Whitaker has no plans to recuse from Russia probe - report

Politics 11/8/2018, 7:02 PM
Acting AG Whitaker has no plans to recuse from Russia probe - report

Matthew Whitaker, who replaced Jeff Sessions yesterday as the acting United States Attorney General, has no plans to recuse himself from the Special Counsel investigation into alleged Russian 2016 election meddling, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. According to people who know Whitaker, the new head of the Department of Justice will not give up his right to oversee the probe, nor is he likely to approve any subpoena of President Donald Trump.

Long before his yesterday's appointment, Whitaker reportedly disapproved of the investigation led by the Special Counsel Robert Mueller and questioned its length and scope. He also argued that the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who was overseeing the probe until yesterday, does not have the legal ability to give Mueller such wide latitude. However, Whitaker did believe that Sessions was right to recuse himself from the case, sources revealed.

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