Matt Whitaker’s appointment as acting attorney general is unlawful, so says Maryland. President Trump’s new acting AG Whitaker is facing questions of legitimacy, with the state of Maryland reportedly set to ask a federal judge for an injunction declaring his appointment illegal.
The state is likely to make an unpreceded move in a bid to block Whitaker from exercising the duties as AG, arguing his appointment is not legitimate. The state will claim that deputy attorney general Rosenstein is the rightful acting attorney general, according to the New York Times.
The state of Maryland plans to ask a federal judge for an order declaring that Rod Rosenstein is the acting attorney general — not Matt Whitaker. https://t.co/1KVZU70Iwu
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 13, 2018
The state of Maryland plans to ask a federal judge on Tuesday for an order declaring that Rod Rosenstein is the acting attorney general — not Matt Whitaker, who was appointed to that position last week after the forced resignation of Jeff Sessions.
If the judge does as Maryland asks, ruling that Whitaker cannot serve as attorney general, it would be a blow to President Donald Trump, who bypassed Rosenstein in favor of someone who has repeatedly criticized Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian election meddling.
The Justice Department would immediately appeal any such ruling, and the case could be on a fast track to the Supreme Court.
Whitaker’s appointment has been widely criticized because he now oversees the special counsel’s investigation into Russian election meddling and the president. While serving as a conservative commentator, he questioned the scope of the investigation and said there was no Trump campaign collusion with the Russians. For that reason, several congressional Democrats have urged him to recuse himself from overseeing Mueller’s investigation. More
A frivolous lawsuit on the taxpayer’s dime. So much for separation of powers. First Democrats used judges to create laws and now they want to use one to take over the Executive Branch.
What a joke. Anyone else sick of the hypocritical left? Please comment below and let us know your thoughts.
All the names in yellow were acting attorneys general. Does anyone remember people freaking out over them? This whole story is a false outrage. pic.twitter.com/TtGJlqHpQQ
— KevoZeboBear 🐻 (@SchaffnerKevin) November 13, 2018
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