Lindsey Graham Says Acting AG Won’t Need To Recuse Himself From Russia Probe

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).Screengrab/Face the Nation/YouTube

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham is unconcerned about Matthew Whitaker's prior criticism of the Russia investigation.

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).

Via CBS News:

> 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."

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> 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.

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Lolasmom
Lolasmom

LIndsay has been in the Senate for too long. Time to retire him. He lost all sense of shame or decency. SInce he got over $700K from Len Blavatnick, he too now works for Putin against the American Democracy. SICK traitor