On Wednesday, as news broke of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ resignation, President Trump’s opponents reacted in horror to Matthew Whitaker, who will serve as Acting Attorney General until a permanent replacement is selected.
Unlike Sessions, who recused himself from the ongoing investigation into allegations of Russian collusion, Whitaker has made his thoughts on the probe clear, and has stated that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has “gone too far.”
Quickly, Democrats including Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Dianne Feinstein, and Jerry Nadler, voiced their dismay with the decision, demanding Whitaker stay out of Mueller’s probe.
Additionally, high-ranking Democrat aides stated that, should President Trump fire Mueller and end the investigation, House Democrats would respond by allowing the Special Counsel to testify in a televised hearing.
“Whitaker should come before the Senate Judiciary Committee as soon as possible, and make a firm commitment not to interfere in the investigation, to include restricting the investigation or making changes in personnel,” said Senator Feinstein.
Senator Bernie Sanders issued a harsh rebuke to President Trump on Wednesday, warning that interfering with Mueller “would be an obstruction of justice and an impeachable offense.”
President Trump must allow Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to continue unimpeded. Any attempt by the president or the Justice Department to interfere with Mueller’s probe would be an obstruction of justice and impeachable offense. https://t.co/d7vivkXbqJ
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) November 7, 2018
Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi echoed similar sentiments, warning Whitaker not to interfere or try to end the ongoing investigation.