With Sessions Out, Dems Fear for Future of Mueller Probe - Page 2

New acting AG Matthew Whitaker has been a leading critic of the investigation
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2018 6:48 AM CST

  • What Whitaker could do. The New York Times takes a look at what Whitaker can and can't do to curtail Mueller's investigation. He could shrink the budget of the special counsel's office, block subpoenas, and order Mueller to stop investigating specific matters. But to fire Mueller, he would have to either find reasons to fire him for misconduct or, in order to fire him without cause, revoke the regulations protecting Mueller.
  • "A political fishing expedition." In an opinion piece for CNN last year, Whitaker warmed that the Mueller investigation could turn into a "political fishing expedition" if it didn't limit its scope. He wrote that he found it "deeply concerning" that Mueller was reportedly crossing a "red line" by looking into Trump's finances. Click for the full piece.
  • A gift to Democrats? Politico describes the dismissal of Sessions as having handed House Democrats their first investigation "on a silver platter." Incoming committee chairmen have already sent letters to the administration calling for the preservation of all materials "relevant to the work of the Office of the Special Counsel or the departure of the Attorney General."
  • GOP says probe must go on. Republicans including Sen. Susan Collins and Mitt Romney warned Trump that the Mueller investigation must go on, the Guardian reports. "It is imperative that the Administration not impede the Mueller investigation," Collins tweeted. "Special Counsel Mueller must be allowed to complete his work without interference." She praised Sessions as a "leader of integrity who served his country well."
(Weeks before the firing, Trump said it was "sad" that he "didn't have an attorney general.")

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