Trump to CNN reporter who asked if acting attorney general will rein in Mueller: ‘What a stupid question’


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President Donald Trump both defended and distanced himself from controversial acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker during a Friday press conference.
Some legal scholars have argued that Whitaker — who has frequently criticized the validity of the Mueller probe — being appointed as acting AG is unconstitutional because he was not confirmed by the Senate.
“What a stupid question that is,” Trump replied to CNN reporter Abby Phillip’s question of whether the president hoped Whitaker would “reign in” the Mueller probe. “You ask a lot of stupid questions.”

President Donald Trump both defended and distanced himself from acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker during a Friday press conference, at one point lashing out at a CNN reporter who asked if Trump hoped Whitaker would limit Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“I don’t know Whitaker,” Trump said, adding that he heard Whitaker was “highly thought of” by US ambassador to China and former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.

However, several reporters were quick to point out that Trump had met Whitaker multiple times in the Oval Office while Whitaker was former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ chief of staff. When Sessions resigned on Wednesday, Trump installed Whitaker as Acting AG.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that not only does Whitaker not plan to recuse himself from overseeing the Mueller probe, but that he would block Mueller from subpoenaing Trump if the president does not agree to a sit-down interview.

“What a stupid question that is,” Trump responded to CNN reporter Abby Phillip when asked if he hoped Whitaker would “reign in” the Mueller probe. “You ask a lot of stupid questions.”

A number of legal scholars have questioned Whitaker’s validity as Acting AG, as well as his fitness to oversee the Mueller investigation given Whitaker’s

Source:: Business Insider

      

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