Rep. Adam Schiff of California on Sunday said Democrats will be keeping a close eye on acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, deeming him a “flawed appointment” who cannot be trusted to guide the Russia investigation.
Mr. Schiff, who is poised to become chairman of the House intelligence committee, said his panel will root out and expose any efforts Mr. Whitaker takes to curb special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into potential interference in the 2016 election. The acting attorney general has criticized the scope of the investigation in the past.
Mr. Schiff also said Mr. Trump’s decision to tap Mr. Whitaker is unconstitutional — the lawyer hasn’t been confirmed by the Senate — and goes around the succession statute that guides the Justice Department.
“It’s a flawed appointment,” Mr. Schiff told ABC’s This Week. “The biggest flaw from my point of view is that he was chosen for the purpose of interfering with the Mueller investigation.”
“He needs to know that if he takes any action to curb what Mr. Mueller does, we’re going to find out about it,” the congressman added. “We’re going to expose it.” – READ MORE