Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec says Whitaker's last day was Saturday.
By Mary Clare Jalonick, Eric Tucker, Associated Press
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved William Barr's nomination for attorney general along party lines Thursday, with Republicans praising his credentials and Democrats questioning how transparent he'll be once special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation concludes.
Attorney general nominee William Barr says he would seek the advice of career Justice Department ethics officials about whether he should recuse himself from overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.
By Daniel Bush, Gretchen Frazee
President Donald Trump on Friday tapped Barr, who served as attorney general under George H.W. Bush, to fill the post left empty by his firing of Jeff Sessions.
Trump is scheduled to speak at 12:50 p.m. ET. Watch the president's remarks here.
By Jill Colvin, Zeke Miller, Associated Press
President Donald Trump says he will nominate William Barr, former President George H.W. Bush's attorney general, to serve in the same role.
By Hope Yen, Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press
Stepping up Democratic efforts to shield the Russia investigation, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he would seek to tie a measure protecting special counsel Robert Mueller to must-pass legislation if the new acting attorney general does not recuse himself…
By Eric Tucker, Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press
President Donald Trump distanced himself Friday from his new acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, whose past business ties and comments on the Russia investigation and other topics have drawn scrutiny.
What does the departure of Attorney General Jeff Sessions mean for the Mueller investigation? Matt Whitaker, the acting attorney general, was formerly Sessions’ chief of staff, but before joining the Justice Department, he was openly critical of the Mueller probe…
Whitaker, who President Donald Trump tapped to replace ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has worked as a lawyer and conservative activist.
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