When it was announced that Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned at the request of President Donald Trump, and Trump announced that he had appointed Sessions’ Chief of Staff Matthew Whitaker the Acting Attorney General, Democrats went ballistic.
Some Democrats said Trump’s appointment of Whitaker was unconstitutional, which only reinforces that Democrats don’t have a clue what the Constitution says. It’s also hypocritical that they try to use the Constitution when it’s handy but by and large, they flagrantly violate the Constitution and have often called for the Constitution to be re-written (according to how they want it to read).
Many other Democrats instantly began calling for Whitaker to recuse himself from oversight of the Mueller investigation. They have also started to produce legislation to protect Mueller from Whitaker and Trump.
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Whitaker has often criticized the Mueller investigation and has referred to it as nothing more than a witch hunt. Democrats feel that the reason Trump appointed Whitaker as Acting Attorney General was for Whitaker to end the Mueller investigation. Neither Whitaker nor Trump has said anything about ending the investigation or taking any immediate action with Mueller, but Democrats are acting as if they already have taken action.
Why is it that only Republicans are supposed to recuse themselves from controversial issues, but Democrats don’t have to?
Case in point, when the US Supreme Court heard the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, none of the Supreme Court justices recused themselves even though some Republicans called them to do so.
Associate Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor had both been outspoken supporters of same-sex marriages prior to their being nominated to the Supreme Court by Barack Obama Is that any different than Whitaker being an outspoken critic of the Mueller investigation before Trump made him Acting Attorney General?
Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had performed several same-sex weddings prior to hearing the case that ultimately decided the legalization of same-sex marriages. That’s more blatant than just speaking out in favor of same-sex marriages, but Bader refused to recuse herself from hearing and issuing a decision on the legalization of same-sex marriage.
Barack Obama had charged then Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the botched Operation Fast and Furious. Some of the allegations surrounding the infamous government gun-running program indicated that Holder knew about the operation beforehand, basically meaning that Obama charged Holder to investigate himself. Is it any wonder that Obama consistently used executive privilege to protect Holder and himself? Holder should never had been given the charge to investigate Operation Fast and furious since he was a named participant and then Holder should have refused or recused himself from the investigation, but he didn’t.
When Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as the Special Counsel to investigate allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election and Trump campaign collusion with Russia, no one asked Mueller to recuse himself, but he should have.
When Mueller was Obama’s FBI Director, it was at the time of the infamous Uranium One Deal with Russia, where the Obama administration committed treason by selling 20% of America’s uranium supply to Russia, a known enemy of the United States. The Uranium One Deal has included extortion, bribery and kickbacks by some Russians. When a whistleblower blew the whistle on the uranium sale, the FBI launched an investigation which showed that the sale by the Obama administration had received the approval of then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and shortly after the Uranium One Deal was finalized, the Clinton Foundation received millions of dollars from the same Russians along with a $500,000 speaking fee for Bill Clinton. Under Mueller’s leadership of the FBI, the investigation was suddenly stopped and buried, causing some to believe that Mueller may have covered up and hid the investigation. This involvement with Russia should have been plenty of grounds for Mueller to refuse or recuse himself from the special counsel investigation involving Russia.
There are a host of other examples where Democrats should have recused themselves but didn’t. In their eyes, it’s only Republicans who must recuse themselves just for having an opinion that Democrats don’t like. Can you say double standard hypocrisy?
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