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Trump says he wouldn’t stop Whitaker from curtailing Mueller inquiry; mocks incoming House Intelligence Committee chairman

“However, Mueller, unlike the attorney general, is not a Cabinet-level official; he was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, and his role does not require Senate confirmation” writes November At Pm for washingtonpost.com. Trump said in Sunday’s interview that he “did not know [Whitaker] took views on the Mueller investigation as such” before he appointed him.President Trump said he would not overrule his acting attorney general, Matthew G. Whitaker, if he decided to curtail the special counsel investigation being led by Robert S. Mueller III of Russian interference…

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EDITORIAL: Reject Republican fictions and protect Robert Mueller’s investigation

“That argument fell apart when Trump forced Jeff Sessions to resign as attorney general right after the mid-term elections” writes Sun-times Editorial Board for suntimes.com. For the sake of our country, the Senate should stop playing make-believe and take action on a bill to protect the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller.Make no mistake, Trump wants an attorney general who, at his command, will kill the Mueller probe. Source: suntimes.com Share This:

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What Is the Impact of a New Attorney General on Cannabis Stocks?

“Another rumored candidate for the attorney general post is Florida attorney general Pam Bondi” writes Nathan Reiff for investopedia.com. The stance of the next attorney general could have a significant impact on legal cannabis.When President Trump appointed longtime and outspoken marijuana opposer Jeff Sessions as the U.S. attorney general, the budding legal cannabis space became nervous.While Trump has appointed Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general, he has retained a list of rumored candidates.It’s unlikely that he would usher in a new wave of federal legalization if he were to serve…

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forced to shell out $700,000 in refunds and cancel the debt of more than 20,000 Massachusetts customers

“Comcast has been forced to shell out $700,000 in refunds and cancel the debt of more than 20,000 Massachusetts customers after a state attorney general investigation found the company routinely jacks up consumer bills via a bevy of misleading fees” reports vice.com. An investigation by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy found that Comcast routinely advertises one rate, then charges customers up to 40 percent more when the bill for service actually arrives. Source: vice.com Share This:

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Stormy Daniels’ Attorney Michael Avenatti Arrested for Felony Domestic Violence

“Michael Avenatti, who became famous for representing Stormy Daniels in her battle with President Trump, has been arrested for felony domestic violence … law enforcement sources tell TMZ. Our law enforcement sources say Avenatti was arrested Wednesday after a woman filed a felony DV report” reports tmz.com. A law enforcement source says on Tuesday, Avenatti “kicked her out of the apartment” and that’s when the alleged domestic violence occurred. Source: tmz.com Share This:

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Christie: White House hasn’t contacted me about attorney general job

“Christie has been clear in the past that he desires the job and has turned down other cabinet positions” writes Ryan Hutchins for politico.com. He has moved toward the front of the line for the attorney general job since Sessions was pushed out after it became clear several other potential nominees were not interested in the position.Trump has appointed Sessions’ chief of staff, Matt Whitaker, to take the job on an acting basis.Chris Christie, a longtime ally of President Donald Trump, said Wednesday he has not been contacted by the…

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Incoming committee chairs launch probe into Whitaker’s involvement with patent company

“Whitaker, who became acting attorney general last week after the removal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, was on the advisory board for World Patent Marketing” writes Rebecca Morin for politico.com. The acting attorney general, who served as Session’s chief of staff, has also come under fire for past comments he made that were critical of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.A team of House Democrats who will assume high-profile committee chairmanships next year has opened an investigation into Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker’s involvement with a patent firm that allegedly defrauded…

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Justice legal opinion backs Whitaker’s naming as acting AG

“Even so, the opinion could identify only one instance, in 1866, when a non-Senate confirmed assistant attorney general became acting attorney general” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. He became acting attorney general when Sessions was forced out on Nov. 7 and was given oversight of Mueller’s inquiry.It was unclear whether the legal opinion would satisfy opponents of Whitaker’s appointment, but the document does provide by far the Justice Department’s most detailed defense of the selection. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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Justice Dept. releases memo defending Matthew Whitaker’s appointment as acting attorney general

“On Tuesday, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, a Democrat, asked a federal judge to block Whitaker from serving as acting attorney general, arguing that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should instead take on the role” writes Devlin Barrett for sun-sentinel.com. Trump tapped Whitaker to serve as acting attorney general last week after Sessions resigned at the president’s request.”Few positions are more critical than that of U.S. Attorney General, an office that wields enormous enforcement power and authority over the lives of all Americans,” Frosh, the Maryland attorney general, said in…

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Whitaker’s Appointment Is Unconstitutional

“President Trump appointed Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general last week, despite the fact that he cannot legally hold the office” writes John Yoo for theatlantic.com. In order to prevent a breakdown of federal law enforcement, the White House should hurry to select a permanent attorney general before any more damage is done.While the president could fix his mistake with any lesser official in any normal time, the attorney general is no lesser official and this is no normal time. Source: theatlantic.com Share This:

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