Whitaker's selection has roiled Democrats, who believe he could undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible links between the Trump election campaign and Moscow.
The former attorney general under President George W. Bush is voicing doubt about whether President Trump has the authority to appoint Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general, saying there are "legitimate questions" about whether the selection can stand without Senate confirmation.
Demonstrations are taking place in more than 1,000 USA cities and towns on Thursday evening-beginning at 5:00 PM (local time)-in response to President Donald Trump "installing a hack" to oversee the ongoing investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
But President Trump emphasised again that he did not know Mr Whitaker. In response to criticisms made by legal experts - including Fox Newslegal analyst Andrew Napolitano - that Trump's appointment of Whitaker is illegitimate because he was not working at a Senate-confirmed position within the Department of Justice, Trump pivoted to attacking Mueller for not being confirmed by the Senate.
Speaking in Kentucky on Friday, McConnell said he expects acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker to be "a very interim" attorney general.
Should Mueller's investigation now be suffocated in order to protect the president, the former FBI director must be prepared to hand all his files to uncompromised prosecutors, or to House and Senate investigators and the press.
However, Rosenstein lost his role as Mueller's supervisor on Wednesday after Trump forced Sessions to resign and replaced him with Matt Whitaker.
Democrats have called on Whitaker to recuse himself as he has previously made negative comments about the probe.
Whitaker's appointment came Wednesday, shortly after Trump forced out Sessions after months of complaining about the attorney general's decision, just weeks into taking office, to recuse himself from oversight of the Russian Federation probe.
Then there's his association with a Florida company that Federal Trade Commission said bilked thousands of consumers out of millions of dollars by promising lucrative patent agreements to investors, the New York Times reported. A Justice Department spokeswoman did not respond to questions about the number of times Whitaker has met with and briefed Trump. Such an overt act by a new attorney general not confirmed by the Senate would unleash an outbreak of fervent protest in official Washington and heighten demands for the president's impeachment. An already-politicized probe just got that much more political.
'You Ask a Lot of Stupid Questions'
The White House earlier this week revoked Acosta's access credentials without any indication about if it would be reinstated. An aide attempted to grab the microphone from Acosta, who nevertheless trued to shout out one last question.
Amidst threats, Asiya Bibi's lawyer leaves Pakistan
He also called for asylum from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Donald Trump in the footage. Pakistan's Supreme Court has not been known to reverse its decisions, but court reviews typically take years.
Worth noting: According to theAppointments Clause of the US Constitution, (See Article 2, section 2, clause 2) the Senate would have to hold hearings and vote to confirm Matthew Whitaker.
Trump said Friday he had not spoken with Whitaker about Mueller's investigation, which until now has been overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
"Matt Whitaker is a great guy".
Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the President, declined to name contenders for the attorney general job, but said several people are in contention for the post.
Rosenstein told reporters Friday that based on his experiences with Whitaker, "I think he's a superb choice for attorney general".
We've begun what'll likely be two years of brutal trench warfare in which Trump and Democrats - especially the incoming Democratic majority in the House -need each other to be a foil for their respective supporters; the president, in his case, is counting on the high negative perceptions among Republicans of likely incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. "Matt Whitaker worked for Jeff Sessions".
A spokesman for Mueller's office declined to comment on Sessions' departure and what it means for Mueller's probe.
Mueller has been investigating potential Russian involvement and collusion by the Trump campaign in the 2016 USA presidential election.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is said to be a candidate, along with Labor Secretary Alex Acosta and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, among others.
As a black woman, Ms Winfrey noted her kinship to two groups historically denied ballot access in the United States. Democratic gubernatorial Stacey Abrams' campaign just got an unexpected volunteer: Oprah Winfrey .
One of the major revelations from the Direct was that there are no trophies in the game, unlike all the previous Smash Bros . That would be Piranha Plant, the polka-dotted pipe dweller that subsists on a steady diet of clumsy plumbers.
What is the new rule? The American Civil Liberties Union, a group that defends individual rights, declared the move "illegal". A senior administration official said Thursday that the vast majority of such claims are "non-meritorious".
But fortunately for Bryant, patience proved to be a virtue as he's reportedly on his way to the New Orleans Saints . Sherman took to his personal Twitter account and reacted to the news that Bryant had signed with the Saints .
With the Lakers getting into Los Angeles early Sunday morning, they were ripe for a tough game against the East's best team. In the locker room, Bron told reporters it felt like the team got "hit in the mouth" and they didn't have a response.
The cigar-shaped rock is now speeding through the galaxy and is the first known interstellar object to enter our solar system . An artist's depiction of Oumuamua, an interstellar object that astronomers believe is a comet, not an asteroid.
At the time, the former Suits star had just become engaged to Prince Harry , and wouldn't tie the knot for another five months. They say that the Queen of England asked my mom Megan for the reason that Duchess and mother are no more relatives in England.
In the nine elections when the president's approval rating was below 50 percent, his party lost an average of 37 seats. In short, if the Republicans are defeated today, then, in time either Trump will change or America itself will change.
The Committee's investigation has involved communicating with numerous individuals claiming to have relevant information. The report concluded: "Committee investigators found no verifiable evidence that supported Dr.
Death toll rises in California wildfire, matching deadliest
Some bodies were found in gutted cars that were overrun by the fast-moving fire, as residents scrambled to evacuate overnight. State officials have blamed climate change and said numerous burn areas have been in federally managed lands.
Supreme Court ban on firecrackers goes up in smoke
The national capital woke up to a yet another smoggy morning on Friday with the air quality in the "severe" category. Similarly, the PM10 level was recorded at 440 micrograms per cubic metre, making it four times the standard of 100.
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah statue ridiculed by football fans
The tribute has received criticism and been compared to the awful bust of Cristiano Ronaldo , which was unveiled previous year . Salah enjoyed a record-breaking debut season with Liverpool scoring 32 goals to set a new record in a single campaign.
UFC 230 Post-Fight Press Conference
In other middleweight action, rising star Israel Adesanya remained unbeaten by knocking out Derek Brunson in the first round. Souza and Weidman were engaged in a brutal slugfest that kept both fighters on their feet for most of the first two rounds.
Young Windies squad for three T20IS against India
India take on the West Indies in the first of a three-match T20I series at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday, November 4. The 31-year old has a world record score of 264 in ODIs here in 2014, a Test ton (177) and two IPL titles won on this ground.