President Donald Trump issued a statement saying that he would not stop the acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker if he blocks special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into alleged collusion by Trump campaign officials with Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Bloomberg informed.
“It’s going to be up to him,” Trump said when anchor Chris Wallace asked about the scenario in a “Fox News Sunday” interview. “I think he’s astute politically. He’s a very smart person.”
Whitaker criticized the investigation of the special counsel and Trump, who has often blasted Mueller’s probe calling it a “witch hunt,” fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Nov. 7 and appointed Whitaker as acting attorney general.
Asked if he would overrule Whitaker if he placed limits on Mueller’s probe, Trump responded, “I would not get involved.”
Trump said Saturday he had finished written answers to questions Mueller’s team has asked him and would turn them in during the coming week.
“We gave very, very complete answers to a lot of questions that I shouldn’t have even been asked, and I think that should solve the problem,” Trump said in the Fox News interview.
Democrats in Congress have urged Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation and have questioned whether his appointment to this position is constitutional due to the fact that the Senate didn’t confirm him for his most recent position as Sessions’s chief of staff.