Matthew Whittaker Replaces Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

Headline Roundup November 10th, 2018

Matthew Whittaker was appointed to serve as the United States Attorney General this past Wednesday. He was appointed by President Trump after Jeff Sessions resigned at Trump's request.

Matthew Whittaker Replaces Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

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President Donald Trump appeared to defend his choice of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general in a Friday night tweet, despite previously denying he even knew the man at the helm of the Justice Department.

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As Matthew Whitaker took charge of the Justice Department this week, Democrats and some Republicans questioned whether he was legally eligible to serve as acting attorney general. No court has ruled directly on the relevant questions, so the answer isn’t clear.

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President Trump went out of his way on Friday to distance himself from Matthew G. Whitaker, his choice to replace Jeff Sessions as attorney general, saying repeatedly that he did not know Mr. Whitaker and had not spoken to him and emphasizing that the new attorney general was merely “there in an acting position.”

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