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Geraldine Edwards
November 12, 2018

Asked about Whitaker on Friday, Trump told journalists: "I don't know Matt Whitaker".

People took part in a protest in New York City to protect the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller after the appointment of Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general.

As for the Mueller investigation itself, things look ominous. "When you say "doctored" you're a dishonest guy!" The latest indication of his fury came Wednesday when he forced out his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, whose recusal opened the door to Mueller's appointment.

"Conservatives have many reasons to be optimistic about acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker", Conservative Review's Jordan Schachtel wrote Thursday, praising his willingness to "rein in" the "endless Russian Federation probe, which has failed to produce a scintilla of evidence"; to potentially prosecute "untouchables" such as Hillary Clinton; and to continue the conservative policy work Sessions had been doing. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), sent a letter Sunday to Assistant Attorney General Lee Lofthus, who oversees ethics at the agency, asking him if Whitaker had been advised to recuse himself. There's always been speculation that the special counsel was holding off on making any big moves until after the midterm elections, because of DOJ guidelines barring investigators from taking any overt actions that could be seen as influencing the outcome of an election.

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"The president does know Matt Whitaker, has gotten to know him over the course of the a year ago since he has been the chief of staff to the attorney general", Conway told Fox News' Chris Wallace. Last year Sessions recused himself from overseeing the Mueller probe, which has been a constant source of anger from the president.

After being shown a clip of Trump's Whitaker comments on "Fox & Friends", Conway told "Fox News Sunday" that the president did indeed know Whitaker ― and that he somehow hadn't meant to suggest otherwise last week.

The myriad questions surrounding Whitaker's independence prompted Department of Justice veterans and constitutional law experts to argue that Mueller has grounds to challenge Whitaker's appointment if he overrules a decision by Mueller. Later in the day, Trump tweeted that he did not know Whitaker personally, but several Republican leaders in Iowa respected him.

Since Sessions resigned at Trump's behest, the president would not need Senate approval to appoint an acting attorney general.

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Gonzales said he was unsure of what could be done if Whitaker moved to stop the Mueller investigation.

Mr Whitaker's appointment left many anxious that Mr Mueller could be shut down before he concludes his investigation.

Of the scrutiny Whitaker is facing, Trump said, "It's a shame that no matter who I put in they go after". "That's why we have a US Circuit Court system and, indeed, a United States Supreme Court".

"I didn't speak to Matt Whitaker about it", Trump said of the probe, adding he did not rule out sitting down for an interview with Mueller.

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"They've been working really closely on this for months", the administration official said.

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