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Almost immediately after Trump too the rash step of firing Jeff Sessions and replacing him with Matt Whitaker, the WSJ warned him not to do any more damage to the Republican party with his efforts to undercut the Mueller investigation.
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Trump's tweets trying to convince lawyers and Republicans to embrace the Whitaker appointment suggest a heavy-handed move he probably imagined would bring him salvation have just added to his headaches.
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I don't pretend to know what happened in that huddle or in the half day afterwards when Jeff Sessions uncontestedly retained his authority as Attorney General.But I'm not really bugged that Rod Rosenstein is doing what he needs to do to remain the person who, if Whitaker's appointment were illegal, would serve as the Acting Attorney General.
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I expect basic competence out of Emmet Flood. But this whole scheme could only be judged competent if the point was to totally discredit anything DOJ does, including but not limited to the Mueller probe.
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Jerome Corsi seems to suggest something is going down with Mueller today -- whom he makes veiled allusions to as Pontius Pilate. That may force Matt Whitaker to deem such an activity totally inappropriate under DOJ practices.
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In the argument over Andrew Miller's challenge of a Miller subpoena yesterday, Michael Dreeben seemed to be making the first argument about limits to how much Matt Whitaker can tamper in the Mueller investigation.
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Trump is still trying to decide whether an open book test of questions pertaining to the Russian investigation is too hard for him or not. Before he decides, he's may consult with both Matt Whitaker and Vladimir Putin.
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Both the author of the statute governing Mueller's appointment, Neal Katyal, and the people who will oversee DOJ in a few months have real questions about the legality of Whitaker's appointment. That could mean every single action vested exclusively in the Attorney General (including those pertaining to Mueller) can be challenged in court.
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Mueller is not interviewing witnesses to test Credico's story about whether he really was Stone's go-between. He's interviewing witnesses to learn about Stone crafted a cover story that still makes no sense.
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I've argued that to the extent Mueller has a report written on his findings, it serves just as a Road Map packaged up for the House Judiciary Committee. This post examines what we might glean about Mueller's investigation if his Road Map matches the Watergate one.
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