Donald Trump installed a lackey as acting attorney general. As a result, Matt Whitaker could take over the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s attack on the 2016 presidential election and possible conspiracy between the Trump Campaign and Moscow. Now, Mueller is executing his own move, and it is exciting.
The special counsel is expected to hand out new indictments as early as today, according to a CBS report by Norah O’Donnell. CBS noted several sources close to the investigation confirmed this. O’Donnell tweeted:
‘.@PaulaReidCBS reports: “I’ve spoken with many sources with knowledge of the Special Counsel investigation, and we do expect new indictments to be coming as soon as today.”’
— Norah O’Donnell?? (@NorahODonnell) November 13, 2018
Whitaker said that he intended to talk to ethics officials at the Department of Justice (DOJ). He wanted to explore whether he should recuse himself from the Mueller investigation, according to a DOJ representative. Whitaker has made numerous derogatory and taped public statements about the probe. His predetermined approach to the investigation would be grounds for recusal.
Yet, a recusal would not be likely. Trump fired former Attorney General Jeff Sessions solely because he recused himself from the Mueller probe. Therefore, Whitaker would follow the Session’s pathway to out of a job if he did recuse himself.
The special counsel began his investigation in May 2017. Thus far, CBS has reported that Mueller’s people have:
‘…charged four Americans once affiliated with Trump’s campaign or administration, 13 Russian nationals, 12 Russian intelligence officers, three Russian companies, and two other people. They include Paul Manafort, the Trump campaign chairman, George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign adviser, and Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser.’
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