The DOJ confirmed to INSIDER that acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker will assume control of the FBI’s Russia probe and Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Whitaker is seen by many as a hardline loyalist to President Donald Trump and has written and commented extensively on his belief that Mueller needs to be reined in.
Trump’s decision to oust attorney general Jeff Sessions and replace him with Whitaker sparked concern among lawmakers and national security experts who said the move was an attempt to gut the Russia investigation.
“Why is the President making this change and who has authority over Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation?” asked Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler. “We will be holding people accountable.”
Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives on Tuesday and are widely expected to function as a check on Trump’s attacks on the DOJ and FBI.
The Deparment of Justice (DOJ) confirmed to INSIDER on Wednesday that Matthew Whitaker, the acting attorney general replacing Jeff Sessions, will assume oversight of the FBI’s Russia investigation and Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
“The Acting Attorney General is in charge of all matters under the purview of the Department of Justice,” a DOJ spokesperson said in an email.
Whitaker, a former US attorney from the Southern District of Iowa, is viewed by many as a staunch Trump loyalist.
According to The New York Times, White House chief of staff John Kelly once described Whitaker as the West Wing’s “eyes and ears” in the DOJ, which is currently investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to tilt the 2016 election in his favor.
Whitaker appears to share the White House’s skepticism toward Mueller and the Russia probe. Shortly before he was hired as Sessions’ chief of staff last year, wrote in a CNN op-ed that “Mueller has come up to a red line …read more
Source:: Business Insider