More Than 400 Former DOJ Officials Call For Whitaker To Be Replaced

DES MOINES, IA - NOVEMBER 14: Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker, gives brief remarks to state and local law enforcement on efforts to combat violent crime and the opioid crisis at the U.S. Courthouse Annex... DES MOINES, IA - NOVEMBER 14: Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker, gives brief remarks to state and local law enforcement on efforts to combat violent crime and the opioid crisis at the U.S. Courthouse Annex, on November 14, 2018 in Des Moines, Iowa. Whitaker was appointed as acting attorney general after previous attorney general Jeff Sessions was forced out out of the job. (Photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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December 4, 2018 5:12 p.m.
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Hundreds of former Justice Department officials signed onto a statement published Tuesday by the group Protect Democracy calling for Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker to be replaced in that role by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein or another Senate-confirmed official.

Mr. Whitaker has not been confirmed by the Senate, his qualifications to be the nation’s chief law enforcement officer have not been publicly reviewed, and he has not been fully vetted for any potential conflicts of interest,” the statement reads. “While we know that there are thousands of dedicated public servants now at the Department who will do their utmost to protect its mission and reputation, it falls to all of us to ensure that the Department’s role in maintaining the rule of law is not undermined or tainted.”

H/t BuzzFeed News.

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