Matt Whitaker's Acting Attorney General Appointment Is Legal, Justice Department Says
The Justice Department released a memo justifying
the appointment of its Acting Attorney General.
The memo responded to Maryland state officials
challenging the appointment of Matt Whitaker.
They argue President Donald Trump bypassed the
constitution in replacing Jeff Sessions.
They claimed Deputy Attorney General Rod
Rosenstein is the rightful successor under the law.
But the memo says the move is consistent with the
constitution, federal statutes, and past precedent.
Trump appointed Whitaker to temporarily oversee
the DOJ after Sessions was asked to resign.
Oversight of the DOJ includes authority over
special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.