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Nov 9, 2018

This Week: Sessions Out, Acting AG Refuses To Recuse From Mueller Probe

It was a whirlwind — and deeply unnerving — week for the federal Russia investigation and its offshoots. Trump forced Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign on Wednesday, just one day after the midterm elections. That move meant that Trump’s handpicked successor as acting Attorney General, Sessions’ former chief of staff Matt Whitaker, assumed control of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Whitaker’s appointment is complicated by a host of problems, from his lucrative stint running an anti-Clinton advocacy group to his paid role as the head of a patent marketing firm sued by the federal government for fraud. But most concerning are his dismissive public comments about the Russia probe. Whitaker has claimed that Russia did not actually interfere with the 2016 presidential election and that Mueller’s investigation needs to be reined in or even stopped. As former prosecutors told TPM, Whitaker could derail the probe by starving it of funds or refusing to release Mueller’s final reports to Congress.…

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