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Accusing Trump of Trying to "Subvert the Constitution to Protect Himself," Senators Sue to Block Whitaker

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"The stakes are too high to allow the president to install an unconfirmed lackey to lead the Department of Justice."

By Jake Johnson, staff writer

President Trump recently appointed Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general.
President Trump recently appointed Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general.
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Denouncing President Donald Trump's appointment of acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker -- a fervent critic of the Russia probe -- as a blatant effort to "subvert the Constitution to protect himself and evade accountability," three Democratic senators on Monday filed suit against the White House and demanded that Whitaker be barred from temporarily serving as the nation's top law enforcement official.

"The stakes are too high to allow the president to install an unconfirmed lackey to lead the Department of Justice -- a lackey whose stated purpose, apparently, is undermining a major investigation into the president," declared Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), who joined fellow Democratic Sens. Mazie Hirono (Hawaii) and Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) in filing the lawsuit.

"We want the court to make clear that the Senate must confirm Matthew Whitaker's appointment as acting attorney general -- otherwise this temporary appointment violates the Constitution's Appointments Clause," Hirono added in a statement.

Senator Mazie Hirono@maziehirono

@ SenBlumenthal, @ SenWhitehouse, and I just filed suit to challenge @ realDonaldTrump's unconstitutional appointment of Matthew Whitaker as Acting Attorney General. Donald Trump cannot subvert the Constitution to protect himself and evade accountability.

10:18 AM - Nov 19, 2018

As Common Dreams reported, Trump immediately selected Whitaker as acting attorney general after he fired previous Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier this month.

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