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On Friday, Trump insisted that he never spoke to Whitaker about the Russian Federation investigation and said the acting attorney general's degree of direct supervision over the probe would be "up to him".

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions' chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, will be acting attorney general.

In his first interview since leaving office, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he is "confident" that the Mueller probe will be handled "appropriately and with justification", though he did criticize how long the investigation is taking.

Pelosi also called on Whitaker to recuse himself from any involvement in Robert Mueller's investigation.

Trevor Potter, a former Republican commissioner on the Federal Election Commission who now leads the Campaign Legal Center, which advocates for more transparency in elections, said the question of whether Whitaker should recuse himself depends on Clovis' status in the Mueller investigation.

"But I didn't know Matt Whitaker", Trump told reporters on the south White House lawn before departing for an global gathering in Paris.

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The first was, we have heard leading Democrats, and now many people around the country today, saying Whitaker has to recuse himself because he has clearly expressed he's already made up his mind about Mueller's investigation. During a 2014 debate in Iowa when he ran for the Republican nomination for U.S. senate, Whitaker reportedly said he'd like to see federal judicial nominees be "people of faith" with a "biblical view of justice". As Mueller's new boss, Whitaker is expected to take charge of oversight over the ongoing Russian Federation investigation, including approval of budget decisions and subpoenas.

The sources also told the Post they do not believe Whitaker would approve any subpoena of Trump as part of that probe. However, Trump derided his argument, calling him "Mr Kellyanne Conway" and insisted that Conway, who has been a critic of Trump, was only interested in publicity.

They said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should "continue to supervise" the Mueller probe as he has since a year ago.

The president argued that Whitaker was "Senate-confirmed" because he served as a USA attorney. McConnell said he expects Whitaker to be "a very interim" appointee. McConnell said he thinks the president will "pretty quickly" send the Senate a nominee for a new attorney general. Those TV appearances included one on CNN in which Whitaker suggested that the Mueller probe could be starved of resources. His spokesman said on Thursday that McConnell has no further comment on the legislation.

Trump has not said whom he will nominate to permanently replace Sessions.

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