US Senate Democrats are considering legal action over President Donald Trump's appointment of a new acting attorney general, congressional sources said on Friday, as some outside experts called Trump's move unconstitutional.
Democrats, as the minority party in the Senate, might need some Republican support to have legal standing to sue Trump under the Appointments Clause, said Andrew Wright, who was a White House lawyer under former President Barack Obama.
Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said Thursday that he will try to force a vote next week on legislation that passed the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this year that would attempt to protect Mueller. That contradicted Trump's remarks on Fox News last month, when he called Whitaker "a great guy" and said, "I mean, I know Matt Whitaker". McConnell said he thinks the president will "pretty quickly" send the Senate a nominee for a new attorney general.
Until Wednesday, Whitaker held the position as former Attorney general Jeff Sessions' chief of staff, which did not require Senate confirmation.
McConnell, a close Trump ally who said Friday that he talks frequently with the president, insisted that Mueller's investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation in 2016 is not under threat. The Senate's top Republican predicted a permanent replacement could be named soon for Whitaker, who is now overseeing the Trump-Russia probe.
So Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was asked today about Mueller, and he claimed he hasn't seen "any indication" that the President "wants to dismiss Mueller or the investigation".
Those include an op-ed in which he said Mueller would be straying outside his mandate if he investigated Trump family finances and a talk radio interview in which he maintained that there was no evidence of collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign.
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When posting the joint letter on Twitter, Maura Healey, Attorney General of MA, said that Whitaker's "hostility to the Special Councel's investigation disqualifies him from overseeing Robort Muller".
A Justice Department spokeswoman has said Whitaker would oversee all matters under the department's jurisdiction, including the Mueller investigation.
Whitaker himself stayed out of the public debate Friday.
Of the scrutiny Whitaker is facing, Trump said: "It's a shame that no matter who I put in they go after".
Trump has not said whom he will nominate to permanently replace Sessions.
USA intelligence agencies have said Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election in an attempt to tip it towards Trump and away from his Democratic opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "I haven't ruled out anything", he said. "He's said repeatedly it's going to be allowed to finish".
McConnell, meanwhile, said, "I think this will be a very interim AG".