Acting AG Whitaker gets cool reception from Trump

In U.S. midterm elections on Tuesday Democrats took control of the House of Representatives while Republicans held the Senate

He's been described as a Trump loyalist and a possible threat to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

"The only two paths to that office are regular succession, and advice (and) consent", said a source close to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) reiterated what his fellow senator said about Whitaker in his own statement.

"We've been compliant, it's going to go on, nobody's interrupting it or interfering with it", Conway said on ABC.

Whitaker has told officials he served in a limited capacity as an outside legal adviser to the company and provided occasional advice when asked but that he was not part of the day-to-day operations, according to a Justice Department official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the case. "They're making a big effort to suppress the vote for those likely to vote as a Democrat".

"We are demanding of the White House and Congress protect the Mueller investigation under the rule of American life", Jen Deweerth of Indivisible MV & Citizens Action said.

Another option conservatives are increasingly warming to would be for Trump to let acting A.G. Whitaker take over the job permanently.

Former attorney general Jeff Sessions, an early supporter of President Trump, was forced out a day after this week's midterm elections. MoveOn quickly responded by organizing demonstrations to voice its disapproval of Whitaker as the attorney general.

But before joining the Justice Department as Sessions' chief of staff, Whitaker appeared on CNN where he said the attorney general has the power to cut Mueller's budget and bring the investigation to a halt.

'It's clear that this president is trying to ensure the mueller investigation doesn't get all its final product out, ' said Senate Intelligence chairman Mark Warner of Virginia.

"The Federal Bureau of Investigation is conducting a criminal investigation of a Florida company accused of scamming millions from customers during the period that Matthew Whitaker, the acting USA attorney general, served as a paid advisory-board member".

He said he had not spoken with Whitaker about Mueller's investigation, which until now has been overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

In one August 2015 email contained in court filings, Whitaker threatened one of the company's critics, emphasizing that he was a former USA attorney. He added that any attempt to look into the finances of Trump or his family would suggest the probe is a "witch hunt".

Speaking in Kentucky on Friday, McConnell said he expects acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker to be "a very interim" attorney general. "I mean, I know Matt Whitaker", Trump told Fox News last month. But you know what I do?

Thanking Sessions for his service, Romney said that it was "imperative that the important work of the Justice Department continues, and that the Mueller investigation proceeds to its conclusion unimpeded". Look for Whitaker to reduce Mueller's operating budget, pull lawyers and investigators now working on Mueller's team back to DOJ, refuse to authorize grand jury subpoenas or indictments, and/or push Mueller to wrap up the probe as soon as possible.

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