>> Top Democrats newly energized by their congressional victories, are ramping up pressure on acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, to step aside from overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe, into Russian meddling in the 2016 US Presidential Election. Speaking on Face the Nation Sunday, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi reiterated that Whitaker has been a vocal opponent of the investigation.
>> First of all, I think that he should recuse himself for any review of the investigation because of statements he has made already in the public domain.>> Pelosi said she did not have confidence in Whitaker taking on the role of Attorney General, after President Trump last week ordered Jeff Sessions to resign.
>> That move taking oversight of the Russia probe away from Deputy Attorney General Rob Rosenstein and giving Whitaker the responsibility. Democrat Congressman Gerald Nadler, the expected incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said Sunday, the committee plans to subpoena Whitaker to testify next year as its first witness.
Nadler telling ABC News quote, his appointment is simply part of an attack on the investigation by Robert Mueller, and questioning whether Whitaker's appointment is legal. Republican senator Lindsey Graham among those coming to Whitaker's defense Sunday.>> That Mr. Mueller will be allowed to do his job without political interference by Mr. Whitaker.
>> Despite Trump's remarks on Friday.>> Matt Whitaker, I don't know Matt Whitaker.>> White House advisor Kelly Anne Conway told Fox News Sunday, Trump does know Whitaker who was formerly Sessions' chief of staff. Conway explained that Trump was trying to make clear he wasn't appointing a friend.
Conway also said it was not clear whether Whitaker had been briefed on the Mueller probe.