Over 400 former DOJ alumni oppose Trump's appointee Matthew Whitaker to replace the unjustly ousted Jeff Sessions, because Whitaker has not been vetted.
Schiff is the current ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee which means that in January he will replace Devin Nunes as chairman of the powerful committee. On Sunday Schiff complained that the new acting attorney general at the Justice Department is not being transparent, and he has a big problem with that.
Several powerful Democratic members of the House of Representatives issued a press release Wednesday evening saying that they are beginning an probe into possible illegal actions by acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. Specifically they will be investigating Whitaker’s involvement in a company that was deemed to be a scam by federal law enforcement agencies.
“Because Mr. Whitaker was not confirmed by the Senate, both Republican and Democratic constitutional law experts warned that his appointment was, and continues to be, unconstitutional,” Reps. Elijah Cummings (Md.), Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.) , Frank Pallone, Jr. (N.J), and Adam Schiff (Calif.) said in the joint release.
“In addition, because the Senate was not given an opportunity to properly vet Mr. Whitaker’s background, serious questions are now arising about his fitness to serve in this position of trust.”
The Democrats who signed the statement are some of the most powerful in Washington. When the new Congress convenes in January:
Figliuzzi, who worked with Mueller at the FBI, said he believes Mueller is soon going to make public more of his findings from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
According to a friend of former FBI Director James Comey, the dismissal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions may not matter. He says it is probably too late to stop the Mueller investigation.
Writing at the Atlantic, Lawfare editor Benjamin Wittes gave ten legitimate reasons why Trump’s firing of Sessions was “too little, too late.”
According to The Daily Beast Whitaker worked as executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT). Last year FACT had defended then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions for telling falsehoods to the United States Senate when he was testifying about meetings with Russians during confirmation hearings.