>> Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will consult with ethics officials about any matters that could require him to recuse himself, the Justice Department said on Monday. This after critics called on him to step aside from overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe. Keep in mind, Whitaker was installed because his former boss, Jeff Sessions, recused himself from overseeing the probe.
A move which eventually led to his ouster. Critics saw Whitaker's appointment as President Trump trying to manipulate the probe by installing a like minded loyalist.>> I don't know Matt Whitaker. Matt Whitaker has a great reputation, and that's what I wanted.>> Democrats in Congress say they fear Whitaker could undermine or even fire Mueller.
After he expressed negative opinions about the probe before joining the Justice Department in 2017. Democrats have also raised questions about whether his appointment was even legal under the Constitution.>> He should never have been appointed and that it does violence to the Constitution.>> Senator Diane Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Requested an immediate hearing with Whitaker to determine the circumstances of Sessions' departure. And to ensure Whitaker not interfere with the special counsel's probe. Also on Tuesday, as part of a healthcare lawsuit against the Trump Administration. The state of Maryland asked a judge for an injunction declaring Whitaker's post to Attorney General invalid.
Arguing that Rod Rosenstein, the second in line to Sessions, should take his place.