Trump on new acting AG: 'I don't know Matt Whitaker'

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Rosenblum joined 18 state attorneys general in requesting that Acting US Attorney General Matthew Whitaker recuse himself from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. There is no suggestion that Mr Whitaker's role is being investigated. The Senate's top Republican predicted a permanent replacement could be named soon for Whitaker, who is now overseeing the Trump-Russia probe. That candidate, unlike Whitaker, would have to be confirmed by the Senate.

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal told Reuters late on Friday he was "considering action that might be brought against an interim appointment that violates the normal statutory line of succession and raises very serious constitutional questions". "He's said repeatedly it's going to be allowed to finish".

Legal scholars are debating the constitutionality of his appointment, with some lawyers saying it is illegal because he has not been confirmed by the Senate.

Trump has not said who he will nominate to permanently replace Sessions.

The Orlando demonstration was made up of dozens of people and wasn't limited to Democrats, with Republican voters also on the scene, said Derek Bryan, 35 of Oviedo, one of the protesters.

McConnell, who sets the Senate's agenda, reiterated that legislation to protect Mueller from firing is unnecessary.

"Mueller will be allowed to do his job", Graham said in a Friday interview on Fox News Radio.

"This memo will make the Justice Department much less effective in enforcing civil rights laws", said Jonathan M. Smith, a former official in the department's civil rights division and the executive director of the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.

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On Friday, Trump said he had not spoken with Whitaker about Mueller's investigation, which until now has been overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Chicago's consent decree is specifically a settlement negotiated between the city and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office.

"We should bring to the Senate floor legislation that would put restrictions on the ability of President Donald Trump to fire the Special Counsel".

"He was very, very highly thought of, and still is highly thought of, but this only comes up because anybody that works for me, they do a number on them", Trump said.

"I can tell you Matt Whitaker is a great guy", Trump said.

A spokeswoman for the Justice Department has said Whitaker would oversee all matters under its jurisdiction, including the Mueller investigation.

There have been broad calls for Whitaker to recuse himself from the probe.

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