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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>ATTORNEY GENERAL: November 22, 2018</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Lambro.gif\" /></p>\n<p>If you are having a hard time keeping track of special counsel Robert Mueller&rsquo;s investigation into Russia&rsquo;s interference in the 2016 presidential election, you are not alone.<br />\n When President Trump got rid of Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier this month by forcing his resignation, it left him open to pick Matthew Whitaker (who was previously Sessions&rsquo; chief of staff) as acting attorney general.<br />\n Whitaker was chosen by Trump primarily because he has criticized Mueller&rsquo;s investigation and thinks it has gone on long enough. That was music to the president&rsquo;s ears.</p>\n<p> SESSIONS HAD no role in the investigation, because he recused himself from any oversight role in Mueller&rsquo;s probe at his Senate confirmation hearing, admitting he had lied about talking to the Russian ambassador to the U.S.<br />\n That left Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein in charge of the investigation, and he appointed Mueller in May 2017, who then hit the ground running.<br />\n Since then, Mueller&rsquo;s team of investigators has charged four Americans who were part of Trump&rsquo;s campaign or his administration with various offenses, plus 13 Russian nationals, 12 Russian intelligence officers and three Russian companies, among others.<br />\n Throughout the investigation, convictions, guilty pleas and other court actions, Trump continued to insist &mdash; and still insists &mdash; that Mueller and his team were conducting &ldquo;a witch hunt,&rdquo; and that the whole story about Russia&rsquo;s cyberwar interference in the 2016 election was &ldquo;fake news.&rdquo;<br />\n Since Trump appointed Whitaker as acting attorney general, there has been a growing number of suspicions, rumors and assorted reports that he would call an end to Mueller&rsquo;s remaining investigation.<br />\n The president appeared to be promoting that outcome when he said on &ldquo;Fox News Sunday&rdquo; that he would not interfere if Whitaker were to bring a halt to Mueller&rsquo;s investigation. &ldquo;Look, it&rsquo;s going to be up to him (Whitaker). I would not get involved.&rdquo;<br />\n He said that he didn&rsquo;t know about Whitaker&rsquo;s criticisms of Mueller&rsquo;s investigation before he appointed him. So much for thorough vetting of his administration&rsquo;s officials.<br />\n Trump also appeared to shut the door on sitting down with Mueller&rsquo;s team to answer their questions.<br />\n &ldquo;I think we&rsquo;ve wasted enough time on this witch hunt, and the answer is probably: We&rsquo;re finished,&rdquo; Trump said, adding that he had given &ldquo;very complete answers to a lot of (their) questions.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> BUT THAT&rsquo;S not the message Mueller&rsquo;s team laid out in a court filing on Monday, explaining that Whitaker will have no authority over the investigation.<br />\n That was the response from the special counsel &ldquo;to an inquiry from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in a case brought by Andrew Miller, an associate of Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to President Trump,&rdquo; the Washington Post reported Tuesday.<br />\n After hearing oral arguments earlier this month, a three-judge panel is facing separate court challenges about the validity of Whitaker&rsquo;s role in the investigation.<br />\n &ldquo;The designation has no effect on the case,&rdquo; Mueller&rsquo;s team said of Whitaker&rsquo;s new position, according to the Post. &ldquo;The validity of the special counsel&rsquo;s &lsquo;appointment&rsquo; cannot be retroactively affected by a change in the official who is serving as the acting attorney general.&rdquo;<br />\n If this sounds like Trump is operating on shaky legal grounds in his attempt to bring Mueller&rsquo;s work to an end, read this:<br />\n &ldquo;In recent rulings, two district court judges in Washington &mdash; one nominated by a Democrat, the other by Trump &mdash; have upheld the constitutionality of Mueller&rsquo;s appointment,&rdquo; the Post reported.<br />\n A growing number of other legal officials also question Whitaker&rsquo;s authority to run the Justice Department or to restrict the parameters of the special counsel&rsquo;s investigation.<br />\n Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, a Democrat, said in a court filing last week that until Whitaker is confirmed by the Senate, he does not have the legal authority to run the Justice Department.<br />\n So far, special counsel Mueller has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Kremlin was waging a massive, divisive cyberwar campaign on our elections, with the help of American political operatives, to poison our free democratic process.</p>\n<p> NOW WE are waiting for Mueller to name names &mdash; to show how far up the ladder this politically criminal plot went during the 2016 presidential election.</p>\n', created = 1575927697, expire = 1576014097, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:9196e865760fe1f9e5e977b2d442de1e' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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Debate surrounding acting AG’s legal authority instensifies

ATTORNEY GENERAL: November 22, 2018

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