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Report: Trump Wants to Hire George HW Bush's AG

Sources say William Barr is leading contender

(Newser) - After criticism that his acting attorney general wasn't confirmed by the Senate, President Trump is considering a permanent replacement who was confirmed in the role decades ago, insiders say. Sources tell the Washington Post that Matthew Barr, a 68-year-old Republican lawyer who served as attorney general under George HW... More »

400 Ex-Justice Dept. Officials to Trump: Dump Whitaker

They say they're 'disturbed' by Trump appointment

(Newser) - Hundreds of former Justice Department officials have signed a letter saying they are "disturbed" by President Trump's appointment of Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general. In the letter , circulated by the Protect Democracy watchdog group, more than 400 Justice alumni urge the president to "follow the constitutional... More »

DOJ: No Senate Confirmation, No Problem for Whitaker

Memo citing past precedent notes he's 'unquestionably' authorized to lead

(Newser) - Matthew Whitaker is "unquestionably" authorized to lead the Justice Department despite his lack of Senate confirmation. That's the opinion of Steven Engel, assistant attorney general for the department's Office of Legal Counsel, who's penned a 20-page memo in support of Whitaker's appointment as acting attorney... More »

With Sessions Out, Dems Fear for Future of Mueller Probe

New acting AG Matthew Whitaker has been a leading critic of the investigation

(Newser) - President Trump's forcing out of Jeff Sessions has cast doubt on the future of Robert Mueller's investigation—especially since Sessions' replacement, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, has long been a critic of the probe. Whitaker, who served as Sessions' chief of staff, has repeatedly accused the Mueller investigation... More »

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