As was long anticipated, President Trump this week sacked Attorney General Jeff Sessions and designated Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general. Others have debated the legality of Whitaker’s designation, and whether he is disqualified from supervising Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. But apart from legality, the present circumstances pose a crucial test of character for Whitaker and others.
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Is Whitaker’s appointment constitutional? Does the president have authority in this case to make an appointment under the FVRA? Does Whitaker have any recusal obligations related to the special counsel’s investigation?
Jeff Sessions’s Firing, Matthew Whitaker’s Rise and the Attorney General’s Role In the Mueller Investigation
The acting attorney general’s past statements about the Russia probe raise genuine concerns about his service overseeing it.
This morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee concerning Justice Department oversight. This will be his first time appearing before the committee since his confirmation hearing in January. See here for the ten questions Matthew Miller suggests the Senate Judiciary Committee should ask Sessions.
On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the first time since his confirmation hearing in January. To say his tenure since taking office has been rocky would be an understatement.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats sent a letter to the congressional leadership on Monday calling for a reauthorization of FISA Title VII, including Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act. Among their comments, they request reauthorization "without amendment beyond removing the sunset provision, to avoid any interruption in our use of these authorities to protect the American people." The full letter is included below.
On our new Foreign Policy feed, Helen Klein Murillo examines the delicate balance struck between the government and journalists on leaks in light of Attorney General Jeff Sessions's press conference on leak investigations. The piece begins:
On our new Foreign Policy feed, we puzzled through what to think about Attorney General Jeff Sessions's press conference last week announcing a new Department of Justice effort against leaking. The article begins:
At 11 a.m. Friday morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein held a press conference on "Leaks of Classified Material Threatening National Security." Video of the press conference is available here and below.