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Nancy Pelosi Says Mueller Probe in Peril: Whitaker’s Appointment ‘Does Violence to The Constitution’

In the wake of the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is standing firmly against President Donald Trump‘s appointment of his replacement, slamming the move as an assault to the Constitution.

In a Face the Nation interview that aired Sunday, Pelosi told host Margaret Brennan she has concerns that new Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will jeopardize Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

“First of all, I think that he should recuse himself for any review of the investigation,” Pelosi said, citing as the reason “statements he has made already in the public domain.”

Criticism has risen over Trump’s pick of Whitaker since he’s openly expressed his opposition to Mueller’s work.

Asked whether she had “confidence in [Witaker] as America’s top enforcement officer,” Pelosi delivered a swift response.

“No I don’t, and don’t just take it from me,” she said. “There’s bipartisan editorializing about this that he should never have been appointed and that it does violence to the Constitution and the vision of our founders to appoint such a person in such a manner to be the chief legal officer in our country. And that’s bipartisan.”

Watch the clip above via Face the Nation.

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