Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s skepticism toward and criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation is not cause for Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing the prove, according to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
> Graham added that he believes the president will appoint a permanent attorney general "early next year," which would leave Whitaker in his role of acting attorney general for months. Whitaker's skepticism of the scope and authority of Mueller's role has prompted some Democrats call for him to either recuse or step aside.
Speaking with "Face the Nation" host Margaret Brennan on Sunday, Graham played down reports that Whitaker was not legally qualified to hold the position of acting attorney general, saying he was "appointed appropriately" and "legally.”
> "I talked with Matt yesterday," Graham said. "I'm going to meet with him next week when we get our schedules aligned here. I think he was appropriately appointed legally. I don't think he has to recuse himself. I am confident the Mueller investigation will be allowed to come to a good solid conclusion, that there'll be no political influence put on Mr. Mueller by Mr. Whitaker to do anything other than Mr. Mueller's job. I'm confident that Mr. Mueller will be allowed to do his job without interference."
> Formerly Sessions' chief of staff, Whitaker had questioned the scope of Mueller's investigation and made some comments interpreted as critical of Mueller's appointment itself. Sessions had recused himself in the Russia probe, citing his involvement in the Trump campaign, an action the president never seemed to forgive.