11/9/2018, 6:02 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Trump's AG pick not legal - Schumer

United States Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer said on Friday that President Donald Trump may have been in violation of the Constitution when he appointed Matthew Whitaker to replace Jeff Sessions as acting attorney general, the Hill reported. Schumer wrote a letter to the president saying that the person suggested to fill the Justice Department spot had to first be confirmed by the Senate.

"Mr. Whitaker is a political appointee who is not serving in a Senate confirmed position in the Justice Department. I am not aware of any precedent for appointment of an official who has not been confirmed by the Senate to serve as Acting Attorney General," Schumer said. He added that he wants more details from Trump on what was behind his decision to appoint Whitaker, as it raised "a number of questions regarding the propriety and even the constitutionality of that action."

Jeff Sessions resigned as attorney general on Wednesday and Trump appointed Whitaker to take his spot until a permanent replacement in announced. Earlier today, media reported that Sessions is considering running for the Senate.

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