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Obama’s Solicitor General calls upon House Democrats to defund office of the Attorney General

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The former top trial lawyer in the Obama administration is calling on House Democrats to stand up to “fake” acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.

Former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal made the remarks to MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Twitter.

“What is DOJ waiting for before it says whether Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker has met with DOJ ethics lawyers about him overseeing the Mueller investigation?” Maddow asked. “Why would DOJ tell the public he is *going* to do that but then not say if/when he has?”

Katyal noted Maddow’s questions and slammed the Department of Justice — where he used to work.

“It is a violation of the most basic precepts of democracy. Outrageous,” Katyal wrote. “We have a right to know who is Acting AG.”

“House Dems should announce now defunding of the Office of the AG and staff come Jan,” he continued. “It is a fake office that lacks the most basic aspects of democratic transparency.”

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This was not the first time Katyal has blasted the legitimacy of Whitaker.

Katyal has called Whitaker “our fake Acting AG” and a “Trump lackey.”

He has also said Trump’s appoint was “an unprecedented end run around Senate confirmation” which is “unconstitutional” and a “gross usurpation of power.”

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