The acting attorney general installed by President Donald Trump can upend the special counsel probe in one significant — and overlooked — way, according to an MSNBC legal analyst.
Matthew Whitaker took over for former attorney general Jeff Sessions shortly after the election, but deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein still oversees Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russia.
“He’s not stepped aside from his direct oversight role of Mueller,” said MSNBC contributor Natasha Bertrand. “But Whitaker has the ultimate authority. Anything Mueller wants to do, if Whitaker vetoes it he has that power.”
Whitaker can serve up to 210 days as interim attorney general before Trump has to replace him, and legal analyst Maya Wiley told “Morning Joe” he could protect the president, his family and his associates.
“One thing that’s important for us all to note here is, if Robert Mueller has an indictment that he’s ready to drop, Whitaker absolutely has the power to stop him,” Wiley said.
Donald Trump Jr. and Trump allies Roger Stone and Jerome Corsi have all reportedly told friends recently they expect to be indicted in the Mueller probe.
Nine 2020 Democrats unite to demand DNC Chair Tom Perez scrap debate rules: report
The Democratic National Committee is facing a revolt for the party's 2020 presidential candidates for its restrictive debate rules.
"Nine Democratic presidential candidates, including the party's front-runners, are urging the Democratic National Committee to toss out the current polling and fundraising rules used to determine who appears in televised debates and reopen the exchanges to better reflect the historic diversity of the current field. The candidates say the rules exclude diverse candidates in the field from participating," CBS News reported Saturday evening.
‘You can say Merry Christmas again’: Lara and Eric Trump declare victory in the War on Christmas
For years, conservatives have complained about a "War on Christmas" -- but President Donald Trump finally won the war, according to his son and daughter-in-law.
Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro interviewed Eric Trump and his wife Lara in Trump Tower, which Pirro called the "New York White House."
Pirro told the two they had "done wonderful things for the country" and said Trump had ended political correctness and people could say "Merry Christmas."
"You can say Merry Christmas again," Lara Trump said. "Isn't that so nice, Jeanine?"
"It's incredible," Eric Trump said. "It is nice to say Merry Christmas again."
‘Donald Trump was right from the beginning’: Jeanine Pirro tells Fox News audience the opposite of reality
Less than two hours after a guest on CNN warned that Fox News is a threat to national security for its lies to support Donald Trump, Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro appeared to prove his point.
Pirro went on an angry rant in her opening, claiming that the DOJ inspector general report showed bias, despite the fact that the report found the opposite.
Regardless the facts, Pirro claimed that President Donald Trump had been vindicated.