'Showdown': MSNBC analyst warns that Dems 'could shut down the government' over acting AG Whitaker
A selfie now-acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker posted in March 2017. Image via Whitaker's Twitter.

Bloomberg political reporter Sahil Kapur noted that regardless of how they chose to do it, Democrats are preparing to initiate a showdown over President Donald Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general.

In an MSNBC panel discussion, Kapur noted that what happens with Whitaker "is going to come down to how far the Democrats push the issue."

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's threat that Democrats may refuse to support the next government funding legislation if it doesn't include a provision to protect special counsel Robert Mueller if the acting AG doesn't recuse himself was just shy of threatening an all-out government shutdown — but the Bloomberg reporter said it could come to that.

"The Democrats have a filibuster in the Senate so they can push this fight and potentially shut down the government December 7th if they don't get what they want," Kupar noted. "They will be taking over the House of Representatives in seven weeks. I think one way or another we're going to see a showdown over this and I don't see the demands dissipating."

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