Federal Court Looks into the Jeff Sessions’ Firing and the Mueller Probe
A three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Colombia has requested that Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the attorneys representing Andrew Miller, a former aide to Roger Stone, to submit briefs concerning the firing of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Miller is challenging the Mueller subpoena.
The appellate court wants legal memos on how Matthew Whitaker the acting Attorney General that has replaced Jeff Sessions, will affect the case. Sessions had recused himself from the Mueller probe and appointed his Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to supervise the investigation.
Whitaker has made clear his position on Mueller in past media interviews. To top it off, Whitaker doesn’t believe the judiciary is an equal branch of government and is probably the only attorney on the planet that disagrees with Marbury v. Madison and judicial review.
“I would start with the idea of Marbury v. Madison. That’s probably a good place to start and the way it’s looked at the Supreme Court as the final arbiter of constitutional issues. We’ll move forward from there. All New Deal cases that were expansive of the federal government. Those would be bad. Then all the way up to the Affordable Care Act and the individual mandate.”
Whitaker has given no sign that he is going to recuse himself, leading to calls by Democrats that he should because of his obvious conflict of interest. Word is Whitaker served as nothing more than a spy for President Trump in the White House. Of course, Trump said in a tweet he doesn’t know Whitaker, saying that as well to the media, but in a Fox interview, the President was touting what a great guy Whitaker is, who has been to the White House numerous times to meet with Trump.
“Matt Whitaker’s a great guy. I know Matt Whitaker.”– President Trump.
Matthew G. Whitaker is a highly respected former U.S. Attorney from Iowa. He was chosen by Jeff Sessions to be his Chief of Staff. I did not know Mr. Whitaker. Likewise, as Chief, I did not know Mr. Whitaker except primarily as he traveled with A.G. Sessions. No social contact…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2018
In addition, over the weekend, Kellyanne Conway confirmed that the President does know Whitaker, but Conway is saying that Trump doesn’t know Whitaker socially. Not sure when that even became an issue, but Conway said “the President does know Matt Whitaker, has gotten to know him over the course of the last year since he has been the chief of staff to the attorney general. “The president’s point is, it’s not like he’s putting a friend in there who he’s known for his entire life. I’ve been in some of those meetings myself. So I’ve watched them interact.”
You can’t say you think someone is a “great guy” when you don’t know him in the first place. I know, it makes no sense. Nothing does with this administration. But, as I’ve said many times before, President Trump has the unique ability to defeat his own arguments or contradict himself in the same sentence.
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