Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Trump Denies Knowing Attorney General He Met Over a Dozen Times

Trump Denies Knowing Attorney General He Met Over a Dozen Times

Protesters also rallied for special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"I didn't speak to Matt Whitaker about it", Trump told a gaggle of reporters as he left the White House to fly to Paris.

Matthew Whitaker's future at the helm of the Justice Department appeared uncertain at best Friday as President Donald Trump denied even knowing the man he had named acting attorney general just two days earlier.

Graham at the time said: "Any effort to go after Mueller could be the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency".

To Trump's great anger, on March 2, 2017 Sessions recused himself from involvement in and oversight of the nascent Russia collusion investigation because of his own Russian contacts during the 2016 campaign.

In a statement Thursday, the Republican said Whitaker is a "steady hand that will provide good leadership and judgment, and will ensure that the United States Department of Justice upholds the highest standards of the rule of law". McConnell said that's not needed because the probe will be allowed to finish.

While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Conway explained President Trump is not planning to use the resignation as a way to shut down the Mueller probe.

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He was accused of dismissing several US attorneys in 2006 for politically partisan purposes.

"Whitaker is in no position to oversee this investigation and must immediately recuse himself", Landolti said.

Thursday's letter to the Justice Department was signed by Oregon's Ellen Rosenblum and Washington's Bob Ferguson and their colleagues in Hawaii, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Vermont, Rhode Island, North Carolina, California, New Jersey, Minnesota, Illinois, Delaware, New York and MA. But you know what I do?

The office of House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican, did not respond to a request for comment on the Democrats' request to put protections for the special counsel probe into spending legislation.

The letter was signed by the attorneys general of Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, California, North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont, Rhode Island, Washington, Virginia, New Mexico and Maryland. "I mean, I know Matt Whitaker".

He wrote previous year on CNN.com that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should limit the scope of Mueller's investigation to stop him from delving into Trump's finances. Others have said that Whitaker's appointment is unconstitutional, since Trump didn't seek the Senate's advice and consent.

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