Pressure Mounts for Whitaker to Recuse Himself in Russia Probe as Details Emerge About His Biblical Worldview
- Robert Mueller is reportedlywriting his final report
on the Russia investigationthat's cast a cloud
over the Trump Administration.
The President is expectedto send written answers
to Mueller's questionsby the end of the month.
This as his acting AttorneyGeneral, Matt Whitaker
assumes control of the probe.
But Democrats are calling onWhitaker to recuse himself
because of his past commentsabout the investigation.
- I can see a scenario whereJeff Sessions is replaced
with a recess appointmentand that Attorney General
doesn't fire Bob Mueller, buthe just reduces the budget
so low that his investigationgrinds to almost a halt
- [Jennifer] Democrats onthe House Judiciary Committee
say Deputy AG, Rod Rosensteinshould continue oversight
of the Mueller investigation.
They also sent a lettertelling the Justice Department
to preserve all materialsrelated to any investigations
by the Special Counsel'sOffice and the departure
of Attorney General Sessions.
Former Justice OfficialIan Prior tells CBN News,
Whitaker should expect ongoing attacks.
- The biggest challengefor him is really gonna be
that the knives are out from Democrats.
They're going to go after himand you're seeing it already.
- [Jennifer] With ourwithout a recusal, lawmakers
on both sides of the aislesay Mueller's investigation
should proceed without interference,
with Republicans addingit's gone on too long
and Democrats supplying the most heat.
- It would create aConstitutional crisis if this
were a prelude to endingor greatly limiting
the Mueller investigation.
- I don't say it'sConstitutional crisis quite yet.
But it's a perilous time.
- [Jennifer] RepublicanSenator Lindsay Graham says
there's no need for concern.
- To those who worry aboutthe Mueller investigation,
you need not worry.
He'll be allowed to finish his job.
- [Jennifer] And we're learning more
about Whitaker's worldview.
During a 20 debate in Iowa when he ran for
the Republican nomination for Senate,
Whitaker reportedly said he'd like to see
federal judicial nomineesbe people of faith,
with a biblical view of justice.
- Under the law, Whitakercan remain acting AG
for seven months.
Among those the White House is considering
to serve as Sessionspermanent replacement,
former New Jersey Governor
and Trump supporter, Chris Christie.
People close to himsay if offered the job,
he'll consider it seriously.
Jennifer Wishon, CBN News, Washington.