Published: Fri, November 16, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump's new acting attorney general letting Mueller probe go on

Trump's new acting attorney general letting Mueller probe go on

More recently, in October, the U.S. DoJ charged seven officers from Russia's Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) with cryptocurrency-funded global hacking and related disinformation operations.

Acting U.S. attorney general (AG) Matthew G. Whitaker has come under fire for his association with an allegedly fraudulent patent company that involved cryptocurrency, U.S. news journal MotherJones reported November 14.

The switch ignited a wave of protests from Trump's Democratic opponents but the president on Thursday doubled down on his rejection of Mueller and "his gang of Democrat thugs".

As Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller nears the conclusion of the investigation into whether President Trump's 2016 Presidential Campaign colluded with Russian Federation, the desire to protect Mueller and his findings have grown. "They have found no collusion and have gone absolutely nuts". They are screaming and shouting at people, horribly threatening them to come up with the answers they want.

"They are a disgrace to our Nation and don't care how many lives [they] ruin", he tweeted. "They won't even look at all of the bad acts and crimes on the other side", he said.

He then focused his ire on Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, who he accused of having conflicts of interest, though he did not elaborate on the accusation. The Senate approved the extension on a 100-0 vote.

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Congressional Democrats on Thursday dismissed as "fatally flawed" a Justice Department legal opinion defending Trump's decision to appoint Whitaker as acting attorney general to replace ousted Jeff Sessions.

FILE - Matt Whitaker, then an Iowa Senate candidate, speaks during the Iowa Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day dinner in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, April 11, 2014.

The move puts Whitaker, Sessions' former chief of staff, in charge of overseeing the Mueller probe.

Yesterday, Nov. 14, four Democrat House Representatives announced an investigation into Whitaker's role at World Patent Marketing. But Whitaker has not said what he plans to do. However, it was blocked by Senate majority leader and key Trump ally Mitch McConnell.

Graham, after a meeting with Whitaker, said he was confident there would be no interference in the investigation and said he said he saw no need for Whitaker to recuse himself as Democrats have demanded, the spokesperson confirmed.

Mueller has won convictions or secured guilty pleas from several Trump campaign figures, who are cooperating with Mueller's investigators while awaiting sentencing.

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