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Threatening to Subpoena New Attorney General, Democrats Demand Recusal of ‘Political Lackey’ Matthew Whitaker

Democratic lawmakers on Sunday demanded assurances from the Justice Department that acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will recuse himself from overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, calling a...

‘He’s A F*cking Fool’ DOJ Attorneys Not Happy With Whitaker As New Boss

Securing a high post in government via television is the way of the world these days, with the reality star *resident calling the shots. The newest star in the made-by-television firmament is Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, a former U.S. Attorney turned conversative-media-pundit, and his colleagues are not happy to see him. Daily Beast: “He’s a fucking fool,” one trial attorney inside the department said of the new AG. “He’s spent so much time trying to suck up to the president to get here. But this is a big job. It comes with many responsibilities. He just simply doesn’t have the wherewithal.” […] “We’ve seen this over and over again with the Trump administration. They never vet these people,” said one former official from the department. “It shows that they don’t really have a strategy when it comes to these things and then they end up having to backtrack.” To say that Whitaker is going to have a steep learning curve is an understatement. But Whitaker is no longer occupying a post where he has time to learn and adjust. He now is running a department with more than 100,000 employees, a budget of roughly $30 billion, and with oversight of and input into every federal law enforcement matter in the country. Already, Whitaker has signed off on a controversial new regulation that will allow President Trump to prohibit certain immigrants from seeking asylum. The department is currently prepping for December hearings in the AT&T-Time Warner case, in which DoJ has appealed the $85 billion merger. It is also also knee-deep in its lawsuit to block California’s new net neutrality law from going into place. He’s cut in the Trump mold. Trump saw him on television declaiming the Mueller investigation — there’s “no collusion” with Russia — which he has already decided is not valid, facts be damned. That, and his own ambition, led him to Trump, where all the shady people end up these days. “This guy has spent his whole life trying to climb the rungs of power to get to a federal appointment,” one DOJ official said. “Now that he is here, and who knows for how long, he’s going to try and make a name for himself. And that could make things harder for us.” Senate Democrats are considering whether to file a lawsuit to invalidate Whitaker’s appointment, by arguing that it’s an unconstitutional violation of the Senate’s advise and consent powers. If successful, the suit would force Trump to either formally nominate a replacement for Jeff Sessions or elevate, on an acting basis, someone from within the department who had already received Senate confirmation. Backtracking is what this administration does, because they leap before they look, and Whitaker’s appointment is melting down in epic time, even by Trumpian standards.

More Trump Double Speak, He Denies Knowing Matt Whitaker, Forget He Told Fox He...

Abraham Lincoln said, “No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.” And Lincoln didn’t even bank on the fact that there would be video tape taking down the lies of Donald Trump, Father of All Lies, and doing the remembering for him. Trump said Friday on the White House lawn, “I don’t know Matt Whitaker. Matt Whitaker worked for Jeff Sessions. And he was always extremely highly thought of, and he still is. But I didn’t know Matt Whitaker.” Contrast that with what he told Fox News on October 11, in a call in to Fox & Friends. “I can tell you Matt Whitaker’s a great guy. I mean I know Matt Whitaker.” Just FYI, Trump heard Whitaker talking on CNN about how Mueller’s investigation was over the line and he decided to have Sessions hire him based on that. Professional vetting via television spot.  That’s how things are done in this Gong Show of an administration. Go to 34:47.
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Another vetting failure—White House officials caught off-guard by Acting AG’s disqualifying history

It appears once again Donald Trump has not hired “the best people” as he repeatedly promised he would do if he took office. Trump administration hires have included serial domestic abusers, avowed racists, and now,...
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Matthew Whitaker’s work as a scam artist and threatening bully makes him the perfect...

On Wednesday, Donald Trump did a dance in front of the press while behind the scenes the chairs were being shuffled at the Department of Justice. Matthew Whitaker—who was appointed to the DOJ a...
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Stephen Colbert says goodbye to Jeff Sessions by eating him on live TV

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert took on the news that Donald Trump had fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday. After covering that Sessions’ resignation letter implied that he was fired, Colbert reminded...

Mother Whose Son Survived Vegas Massacre But Not Thousand Oaks Makes Plea For Gun...

I hope that the NRA and their hired guns, like Marsha Blackburn, get to see this first person testimony, from a mother who just lost her son. That last tweet says it all.
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‘A Red Line Crossed’: Nationwide Protests Declared for Thursday at 5PM After Jeff Sessions...

Progressive organizations have announced coordinated protests to take place in cities and communities nationwide on Thursday, November 8th at 5 PM (local time) in the wake of President Donald Trump's firing of Attorney General...
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That time Lindsey Graham promised there would be ‘holy hell to pay’ if Trump...

It was the summer of 2017. Donald Trump was getting really bent out of shape because Robert Mueller’s special investigation into foreign meddling in our elections was well underway, and the news leaking out...
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Trump just made a huge miscalculation in firing Jeff Sessions

The very day after Americans sent the crystal-clear message that they want Democratic oversight of his presidency, Donald Trump decided the smart move was to take aggressive action that will, in fact, require House Democrats...

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