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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By every public indication, Acting Attorney General Whitaker has not, as many feared, interfered in any way with investigations into President Trump and his associates.
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.
Even as the president plans to nominate William Barr to lead the Justice Department, the department is still snarled up in litigation over Matthew Whitaker’s role as acting attorney general.
Someone at the Justice Department Wants Ethics Advice on Whitaker’s Supervision of the Mueller Investigation
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A challenge filed by three Democratic senators sends an important message to the Trump administration, even if it is likely to face its own legal challenges.
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.