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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Trump alerts ‘active-duty U.S. military police’ for possible deployment to Minnesota: report
President Donald Trump's administration is contemplating using active-duty U.S. troops in an attempt to quell the protests in Minneapolis, the Associated Press reported early Saturday morning.
As unrest spread across dozens of American cities on Friday, the Pentagon took the rare step of ordering the Army to put several active-duty U.S. military police units on the ready to deploy to Minneapolis, where the police killing of George Floyd sparked the widespread protests," the AP reported.
"Soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York have been ordered to be ready to deploy within four hours if called, according to three people with direct knowledge of the orders. Soldiers in Fort Carson, in Colorado, and Fort Riley in Kansas have been told to be ready within 24 hours. The people did not want their names used because they were not authorized to discuss the preparations," the AP explained.
John Roberts joins liberals as Supreme Court rejects challenge to Newsom’s COVID-19 limits on California church attendance
In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal from the South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista, California. The San Diego area church tried to challenge the state's limits on attendance at worship services:
The church argued that limits on how many people can attend their services violate constitutional guarantees of religious freedom and had been seeking an order in time for services on Sunday. The church said it has crowds of 200 to 300 people for its services.