Justice Legal Opinion Backs Whitaker’s Naming as Acting AG

The Justice Department has issued an internal legal opinion supporting the legality of Matthew Whitaker's appointment as acting attorney general.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Wednesday released an internal legal opinion supporting the legality of Matthew Whitaker’s appointment as acting attorney general. The 20-page opinion from the Office of Legal Counsel, which provides advice to executive branch agencies, is aimed at addressing concerns from Democrats and even some Republicans that President Donald Trump violated the law by naming Whitaker over Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Whitaker had been chief of staff to now-ousted Attorney General…

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