On Thursday, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court issued an order stating that the government "has not relied on any action taken by [former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker] in any submission to the court." The order, issued by Judge Rosemary Collyer, denied attorney Thomas C. Goldstein's motion to file an amicus curiae brief challenging Whitaker's authority to take action before the court on the basis that his appointment as acting attorney general was unlawful.
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When President Trump appointed the unqualified Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general on Nov. 7, 2018, many prominent people believed that the country faced yet another “constitutional crisis” point.
The House Committee on the Judiciary will hold a hearing on oversight of the Justice Department at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, featuring testimony from Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. A livestream is available below.
On Jan. 22, Chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary Jerrold Nadler sent a letter to Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker thanking him for agreeing to testify before the committee and providing a list of questions the committee planned to ask that might implicate executive privilege. Rep.
The Justice Department has sent a letter to Senate leadership regarding the advice provided to Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker regarding whether he should recuse from the Russia investigation and Whitaker's decision not to recuse. The letter is available here and below.
One month to the day since Attorney General Jeff Sessions left the Justice Department, President Trump indicated to reporters that he will nominate former Attorney General William Barr to serve as Session’s replacement.
Someone at the Justice Department Wants Ethics Advice on Whitaker’s Supervision of the Mueller Investigation
Yesterday evening, we received a response to one of our FOIA requests asking whether anyone has sought or received internal ethics guidance on Whitaker’s involvement in the Mueller investigation.
Three senators—Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)—have sued President Trump and Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker over Trump’s installation of Whitaker at the Justice Department’s helm.
As Lawfare readers have probably noticed, there has been a fair amount of controversy over Matthew Whitaker's designation as acting attorney general as of late. To keep track of it all, we at Lawfare have put together a resource page collecting all litigation documents regarding Whitaker's appointment, ranging from outright challenges to Whitaker's role as acting attorney general (Maryland v. U.S., Blumenthal v. Whitaker, and Michaels v.
Largely irrelevant to President Trump were the potentially vast problems Whitaker’s appointment poses to the Justice Department’s regular law enforcement and national security activities.