56% of Democrats Don't Want Pelosi to Be House Speaker

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Top US Democrats demanded that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker recuse himself from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, citing hostile statements toward the probe and alleging he has multiple conflicts of interest.

Whitaker, who served as Sessions chief of staff, has been openly critical of the Russian Federation probe for some time, but he has no intentions of recusing himself from overseeing the probe.

Nadler told ABC's "This Week" if Whitaker is still acting attorney general when Nadler becomes Judiciary chairman next year, "one of our first orders of business will be to invite him, and if necessary to subpoena him, to appear before the committee".

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Comments Mr Whitaker made in 2017 as a private citizen - shortly before joining the Justice Department as Sessions' chief of staff - aren't relevant to his current job, Ms Conway said.

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Trump had been aware before appointing him that Whitaker was a skeptic of the Mueller probe, which factored into the decision to tap him over Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, two White House advisers told The Washington Post. She added that the Trump administration had been "compliant" with the investigation and that she "can't really blame" the president "if he doesn't" meet with Mueller.

The Mueller protection bill would give any special counsel a 10-day window to seek review of a firing and ensure that the person was sacked for good cause. "You don't recuse somebody because they have opinions different than the people they are overseeing", he said on CBS's "Face the Nation".

"I think he was appropriately appointed legally", Graham responded.

Brennan noted Whitaker's previous criticisms of Mueller and his investigation and asked Graham what suggests Whitaker can remain "impartial".