More than 400 former Ministry of Justice officials object to President Donald Trump appointing Matthew Whitaker deputy attorney general.
"Due to our respect for our office silk and our personal experience in carrying out the mission of the department, we are concerned about the appointment of Matthew Whitaker by the President as Deputy Prosecutor General," the former officials write in the signed statement. This was first published on Tuesday by BuzzFeed News. "We know that monitoring the Department of Justice is one of the most important roles in our government."
This statement by hundreds of former DOJ officials is the last public opposition against Trump's decision to appoint Matthew Whitaker as deputy attorney Jeff Sessions, who resigned as Attorney General at the President's request after the midterm elections, is to be replaced ,
Whitaker served as chief of staff of the meeting, and Trump selected him for the role with a provision of the Federal Act on the Reform of Vacancies of 1
Whitaker was also a strange choice for another reason: before taking office, he was a vocal and outspoken critic of special lawyer Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's intervention in the presidential election of 2016. Now, Whitaker is taking over control of the presidential election the probe.
This had led to some calls, mostly from Democrats, that Whitaker had rejected the investigation. A number of lawsuits have also been filed against Whitaker's legitimacy, many claiming that his appointment is unconstitutional because he has never received the Senate's approval and that other Senate-approved officials could fill the interim role.
Others Argue This The succession order of the Ministry of Justice should outperform the vacancy reform law, that is, Rosenstein should have taken the lead until a suitable substitute was appointed and the Senate confirmed.
The signatories of this latest statement raise these arguments and urge Trump to nominate a Attorney General to stand trial and replace Whitaker in the meantime with "the Senate-approved official, who by applying federal law succeeding. "
Whitaker was not confirmed by the Senate, his qualification as the nation's top law enforcement officer was not publicly reviewed, and he was not fully audited for possible conflicts of interest, "write the former officials. "While we know that there are thousands of dedicated officials in the department who will do anything to protect their mission and reputation, we all need to ensure that the role of the department in maintaining the rule of law is not compromised stained. "
The majority of the people who signed the letter are former judicial officials in the judiciary, working in both Democratic and Republican authorities, Buzzfeed reported. The other signatories are former Ministers of Justice, the majority of whom worked in democratic administrations.
Read the full letter here.