Former Obama administration officials expressed support for former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in the days surrounding the May 2017 appointment of Robert Mueller.
Conservatives across the Georgia Republican base have sounded the alarm over Gov. Brian Kemp’s potential appointment of Kelly Loeffler as an interim Republican senator.
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe reportedly launched an obstruction of justice investigation into President Donald Trump prior to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller.
Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” the probable incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said Democrats would challenge the appointment of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. When asked if Democrats would challenge that appointment, Schiff replied, “Yes.” He continued, “I think the appointment is unconstitutional.” Schiff said, “Constitutionally it has to be subject to confirmation. I think they lose that case when it goes to the Supreme Court. It’s in conflict with a more specific statute and that is there is a Succession Statute for the Justice Department which makes the Justice Department different from other agencies.” He continued, “So it’s a flawed appointment, but the biggest flaw from my point of view is that he was chosen for the purpose of interfering with the Mueller investigation.” He added, “We’ll expose any involvement he has in it. He needs to know if he takes any action to curb what Mr. Mueller does, we’ll find out about it. We are going to expose it. I would call on my colleagues right now to avoid the Constitutional crisis. Take action now. Speak out against this appointment.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
It is hard to see how arguments that President Trump cannot appoint Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general, because even temporary top positions must be Senate-confirmed, could be correct. Otherwise the Constitution could deprive the nation of a functioning government every time a new party wins the presidency while the opposition party holds the Senate.
Conway wrote in an op-ed that President Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting Attorney General is “unconstitutional.”