President Donald Trump’s pick to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions and oversee special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation has sharply criticized the probe in the past. Matt Whitaker, a former federal prosecutor, was appointed as acting attorney general after Sessions handed in his resignation, the president announced Wednesday. Whitaker has served as Sessions’ chief of staff since September 2017. Clovis, whose 2014 Iowa state treasurer campaign Whitaker chaired, dismissed concerns that their connection could affect the investigation. “Given his previous comments advocating defunding and imposing limitations on the Mueller investigation, Mr. Whitaker should recuse himself from its oversight for the duration of his time as acting attorney general,” Schumer said in a statement.
Source: Huffington Post November 07, 2018 21:47 UTC