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Supreme Court rejects challenge to Whitaker's appointment

The Supreme Court of the United States refused on Monday to hear a challenge to the legality of President Trump's decision to appoint Matthew Whitaker as acting US attorney general following Jeff Sessions' resignation in November.

The appeal was filed by a Supreme Court litigator Thomas C. Goldstein back in November on concerns over Whitaker's handling of the Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe. "Every day, Mr. Whitaker would presently be expected to take a number of significant official acts," Goldstein wrote at the time, including "overseeing the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller."

Earlier, a group of Democratic Senators filed a lawsuit in late November over Whitaker's appointment, claiming that the decision violated the Constitution as he was not confirmed by the Senate. Meanwhile, US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer asked the Department of Justice (DoJ) inspector general to conduct an investigation into communications between Trump and Whitaker, saying that he has concerns that Whitaker may have disclosed confidential information related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation to the White House.

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