MSNBC legal analyst Matt Miller said President Trump’s appointment of Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general was “a red alert” for anyone trying to protect Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
“I think for anyone who wants to protect the integrity of the Mueller investigation, this is really the worst possible choice,” Miller said. “Matthew Whitaker, before he joined the Justice Department, actually wrote an op-ed that laid out a blueprint for how you could starve the Mueller investigation of funds and bring it to an end.”
Miller said it was no coincidence that the president selected Whitaker, and suggested he shouldn’t be allowed to do so.
“There ought to be a principle at the Justice Department that no one can pick the person who oversees an investigation into them, including the president,” he said.
Miller said that as the Mueller investigation wraps up, the special counsel will need to get approval from his supervisor, “whether that’s Rod Rosenstein or Matt Whitaker”, to continue with an indictment for obstruction or submit a report to Congress
“The president has now reached into the Justice Department and picked someone who appears to be hostile to that investigation,” Miller worried. “It is really red alert time for anyone who cares about it.”
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Swiss holding ‘funeral march’ to mark disappearance of an Alpine glacier
Dozens of people will undertake a "funeral march" up a steep Swiss mountainside on Sunday to mark the disappearance of an Alpine glacier amid growing global alarm over climate change.
The Pizol "has lost so much substance that from a scientific perspective it is no longer a glacier," Alessandra Degiacomi, of the Swiss Association for Climate Protection, told AFP.
The organisation which helped organise Sunday's march said around 100 people were due to take part in the event, set to take place as the UN gathers youth activists and world leaders in New York to mull the action needed to curb global warming.
UAW strike ‘threatens to upend the economy in Michigan’ — and could destroy Trump’s re-election: report
At the end of the first week of a major strike by the United Auto Workers, the employment standoff threatens to upend President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election map, the Chicago Times reported Saturday.
Approximately 46,000 workers have been striking against General Motors.
There are two major threats to Trump's campaign from the strike.
The first is that the strike could cause regional recessions -- threatening Trump's political standing in key Rust Belt states.
Security forces fired live rounds at protesters calling for the ouster of Egyptian president: report
Egyptian security forces clashed with hundreds of anti-government protesters in the port city of Suez on Saturday, firing tear gas and live rounds, said several residents who participated in the demonstrations.
A heavy security presence was also maintained in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicentre of Egypt's 2011 revolution, after protests in several cities called for the removal of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Such demonstrations are rare after Egypt effectively banned protests under a law passed following the 2013 military ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi.