CREW and Former Ethics Officials Join Maryland in Challenging Whitaker Appointment

On November 13 Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh filed a motion challenging the appointment of Matthew G. Whitaker as Acting Attorney General. Attorney General Frosh argues that President Trump’s appointment of Whitaker is illegal and unconstitutional, and Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein must be named Acting Attorney General in his stead.  See the Press Release here.

Now Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and ten former ethics officials from several presidential administrations and government agencies have filed an amicus brief in support of the State’s motion.  Appointing Whitaker, a non-Senate confirmed employee, far outside the statutory line of succession, is contrary to the AG Succession Act, as well as the Constitution.  Read more about the amicus brief here.

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