The incoming chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), warned acting attorney general Matt Whitaker that Democrats are scrutinizing his every move.
Rep. Schiff said on CNN’s State Of The Union, “The President Of The United States is discussing a case in which he is implicated with the Attorney General. That is wrong and at every level, and, of course, it will taint anything that this attorney general does, any role he plays in this investigation. This is a real assault on the rule of law, and we are going to scrutinize every single action by Matt Whitaker so that the public knows just what he does.”
“This is exactly what we feared about Whitaker’s appointment,” Democratic Rep. @AdamSchiff says about President Trump expressing his frustration to acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker over a case in which Trump has been implicated. https://t.co/3raWz4MjGQ pic.twitter.com/3M4bXxyXK2
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) December 23, 2018
Whitaker has already been put on notice by the incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) that the committee will subpoena the acting attorney general and force him to testify if he continues to dodge their requests. The original Trump plan for quietly killing the Mueller investigation was for Republicans to keep the House and turned a blind eye, while Whitaker replaced Jeff Sessions and destroyed the Mueller investigation from the inside.
The investigation would be up and running but gutted from within.
That seems to have been the plan, but it all changed after Democrats won the House in November. If Whitaker acts as Trump’s mole or moves against Mueller in any way, Democrats are going to find out about it and act. The action that Democrats can hold over Trump’s head is impeachment, and Trump has been telling his friends that he is worried about being impeached.
The White House better take Schiff’s warning seriously. The grown-ups are back in charge, and they are watching Whitaker and Trump’s every move.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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