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Who is Donald Trump going to replace Jeff Sessions with in the immediate aftermath of this resignation? Generally, when you fire the attorney general or ask him to leave the deputy attorney general would take over which would be rod Rosenstein, right? That is not what is happening here. Trump has gone out of the line of succession to name Sessions's chief of staff Matthew Whitaker to the job of acting attorney general while he tries to find a replacement. So I I guess are to unusual things happening here. One is that he didn't even leave sessions in the job long enough to figure out who he was going to permanently replace him with and second is that once he did ask sessions he didn't just let Rosenstein takeover, but picked this other guy who has some pretty. Concerning stuff in his record of public statements about the Muller investigation, specifically, tell me more. So Whitaker just to tell you a bit about who he is. I he was US attorney for the southern district of Iowa under George W Bush for a few years, and that's his main Justice department experience since then he's been kind of bouncing around Republican, politics and various legal and business stuff. And then in the summer of two thousand seventeen Whitaker became worthy for going on CNN and attacking the Muller investigation. There is no evidence. And we would know by now it's much leaking. As there has been that there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. There is no criminal rupture of discharge to be had here. There's just the evidence is weak no reasonable prosecutor bring a case on what we know right now, he wrote a column. Which was called Muller's investigation of Trump is going too far. He warned Muller not to look too closely at Trump's finances and said any investigation into President Trump's finances or the finances of this family would require Muller to return to rod Rosenstein for additional authority under Muller's appointment as special counsel to continue to investigate the financial relationships without a broadened scope in his appointment. Then this would raise serious concerns that the special counsel's investigation was a mere witch hunt. This was before he was chief of staff. This is when he was just a commentator in the media. And here's the thing. He has reportedly told people that he was doing this specifically to get Trump's attention because Trump watches cable news all the time. So whereas this might have disqualified him from working in the department of Justice under a different president under this president it made him an appealing candidate. He it it sort of looks like a job addition in some ways, the the big question with this firing and replacement is what does this mean for the Muller investigation. So there are three scenarios here. Number one. Is that Whitaker is coming in as kind of a hatchet man to end, the probe fire Muller? Shut everything down. You know, that that is obviously the most worrying scenario, but there are a couple reasons to think that might not happen. They're legal problems with firing Muller. Whitaker himself could be on the hook for obstruction of Justice. If if he does this so he may not go that far. Okay. So then scenario to is that Whitaker. Let's Muller continue, but kind of rains him in Whitaker himself has talked about I could see a scenario where Jeff Sessions is replaced it with a recess appointment, and that attorney general doesn't fire Bob Muller. But he just reduces the budget so low that his his investigation grinds to absolute almost he can also refuse to sign off on new investigative moves demand. More evidence on certain things before moving forward. Try to cover up a report that. Muller writes, make sure it's not released to congress or publicly, and then there's number three, which is that actually kind of turns out fine that Whitaker whether due to fear of exposing himself to legal jeopardy or political blowback that he just doesn't interfere much..