Trump Whitaker pick may provoke constitutional crisis, Democrats say

At a news conference on Nov 7 US President Donald Trump said his tax returns were already under audit and therefore he would not release them

That visit was followed by one by Beck Bennett's Vice President Mike Pence, who was very anxious by Sessions' mentions of gays, even though he said he hated them just like Trump wanted.

Prior to working at the Justice Department, Mr Whitaker made multiple negative comments about Mr Mueller's investigation and its scope. No one is arguing Trump doesn't have the "power" to fire the Federal Bureau of Investigation director or direct the Justice Department.

Whitaker described an internal strategy for foiling Mueller on CNN in 2017.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has scheduled a conference call for the Democratic caucus following Attorney General Jeff Sessions' resignation at the president's request, Politico reports.

Whitaker will be the first witness summoned by the House judiciary committee when Democrats take charge in January, incoming chairman Jerry Nadler said, calling Whitaker "a complete political lackey" and "a real threat to the integrity of that investigation". "There was interference by the Russians into the election, but that is not the collusion with the campaign".

In addition to the ethics letter and the legislative maneuvering, Democrats are planning a lawsuit to challenge Whitaker's appointment because he was not confirmed by the Senate, Schumer said. "We don't have dictators in America", said Anna Galland, executive director of MoveOn Civic Action, one of several groups that organized the mobilization.

Mr Mueller, appointed to lead the investigation early previous year, is still hoping to interview the president - something the White House has been resisting for months. 'He picked this individual, Mr Whitaker, who the best asset i can see is he's a big-time Trump loyalist'. "I mean, I know Matt Whitaker", Trump told Fox News last month. In 2014, Whitaker chaired Clovis's campaign for Iowa state treasurer.

This week, court receiver Jonathan Perlman, who oversaw details of the settlement, told The Washington Post that he has "no reason to believe that [Whitaker] knew of any of the wrongdoing".

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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".

One is simply by declining to continue to pay the investigators or attorneys working for the special counsel. Obstruction of justice is defined as an official using their power corruptly to prevent an illegal act from being investigated.

The next few weeks are expected to be critical for the Mueller investigation.

A Justice Department spokeswoman has said Whitaker would oversee all matters under the department's jurisdiction, including the Mueller investigation.

Senator-elect and former Presidential nominee Mitt Romney (R-Utah) thanked Sessions and stressed the importance of the Mueller investigation.

Sessions then later packs his favourite mug, which says, "It's not about hatred, it's about heritage", with a picture of a Confederate flag on it. Seconds later, Sessions pulls out a smaller mug that says, "JK it is about hatred".

"I support the Mueller investigation", Gardner said.

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