More than 400 former Justice Department employees released a letter Tuesday opposing President Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general.
The ex-staffers say Mr. Trump skirted the Constitution by appointing Mr. Whitaker, who was chief of staff for his predecessor, Jeff Sessions, instead of elevating the department’s number two official, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
“Because of the profound responsibilities the position entails and the independence it requires, it can only be filled by someone who has been subjected to the stricter scrutiny under the process required by the Constitution,” they wrote in the letter.
The former Justice Department employees urged Mr. Trump to nominate a successor to Mr. Sessions, who was forced to resign last month, and also put a Senate-confirmed person as acting attorney general. – READ MORE