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President's Trump's choice of Matthew Whitaker to take the position of acting AG is not going over well with many in the media:

CNBC: Trump's Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who has criticized the Mueller probe, will now oversee it

Vox: Matthew Whitaker has called the Mueller probe a “witch hunt.” He’s now in charge of it.

Washington Examiner: Sessions replacement Matthew Whitaker argued Trump finances off-limits to Mueller

Senator Chuck Schumer has already called on Whitaker to recuse himself from the Russia investigation.

"Given his previous comments advocating defunding and imposing limitations on the Mueller investigation, Mr. Whitaker should recuse himself from its oversight for the duration of his time as acting attorney general," Schumer said in a statement on Wednesday.

Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano agreed that the appointment of Whitaker could lead to a "constitutional crisis."

He called Trump's move "the height of offense to do something like this within 24 hours of the conclusion of the midterms."

Napolitano also questioned whether Whitaker is legally qualified for the job because he said the acting attorney general needs to come from senior DOJ leadership that has been approved by the U.S. Senate.


I usually agree with Debra Heine, but I don't feel bad for Sessions.  I want to know more. His firing is deeply entangled with the Russia probe and the FISA mess and therefore the "dossier" and on and on.  We out here in InternetLand can but guess.  One black mark against Sessions that's worth recalling: MONTHS ago he claimed there would be indictments for the multitude of leaks taking place from all over the government.  Where are they?

I feel bad for Sessions. He was one of the first -- if not THE first -- national politician to get behind candidate Trump when most people were still laughing at him. He was the wrong choice for attorney general, obviously, and should have informed Trump that he would have a conflict of interest in the Russia probe if he'd accepted the position. But he was a loyal cabinet member who tried his best in the face of repeated verbal assaults from the president.

It's a shame. He was one of my favorite senators, and would have been great leading Homeland Security.

A contingency plan is beginning to form in the Twitterverse.

Others are speculating that Kobach could replace Sessions, but Trump doesn't like losers, so I'm not putting a lot of stock in that theory.