Since Sessions stepped aside, Trump has frequently railed against his attorney general in public. It was delivered to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Wednesday, and came just a day after the midterm elections, which saw the House flip to Democratic control, while the GOP expanded its Senate majority.
In late September, the New York Times reported that Whitaker was likely to replace Rosenstein as deputy AG because he's known for having Trump's vote of confidence.
Trump has never forgiven Sessions for that decision, which he regarded as an act of disloyalty that denied him the protection he thought he deserved from his attorney-general.
Though Mr. Sessions was the first senator to endorse the president in 2016, things began to sour once Mr. Sessions was ensconced at the department, and recused himself from Russian Federation investigation matters.
"Given his previous comments advocating defunding and imposing limitations on the Mueller investigation, Mr. Whitaker should recuse himself from its oversight for the duration of his time as acting attorney general", Schumer wrote.More news: Lion Air Investigation Continues
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"But number two our paramount view is that any attorney general, whether this one or another one should be able to interfere in the Mueller investigation in any way".
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Whitaker wrote, "Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russian Federation 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing..."
Whitaker already has some experience under his belt: he previously served as US attorney in Des Moines, Iowa.
Sessions's recusal stems from the fact he was an active supporter of Trump's 2016 campaign.
On July 25, the president wrote the attorney general "has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!"