Now that Donald Trump has Won


#1847

Well, that was fast…

Mueller better get his butt in gear fast, otherwise his investigation is going to be in big trouble.


#1848

I don’t know if the House can appoint a special prosecutor… but I hope they can just in case things really go ill.


#1849

The House can’t appoint a special prosecutor. Only the Attorney General or the President can.


#1850

Looks like someone else’s name was in the news so Donnie had to do something drastic to steal the headlines.


#1851

Or distract the media from reporting how poorly the Republicans did in the House and all the investigations the Democrats are going to drop on his head.


#1852

As well as terminate one of the investigatory bodies.


#1853

I was wondering how long it would take for the toys to start being thrown from the pram. How long until Whitaker fires Mueller at Trump’s command?


#1854

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#1856

From what I understand Matt Whitaker was the Chief of Staff to the former AG. The way succession works at the AG is the Deputy AG becomes acting AG.

They’re trying to pull a fast one and short circuit the process.


#1857

If the Attorney General is fired, succession kicks in and the Deputy AG becomes the acting AG. However, if the Attorney General, or really any cabinet secretary, resigns the President can choose to fill that position with anyone he or she wants, as long as that person has also been already been confirmed by the Senate.

Technically, because Sessions resigned, Trump can appoint anyone he wants to be Acting AG.


#1858

Whitaker was never confirmed by the Senate, so he can’t do anything unless there’s a new vote.


#1859

Since when has “Trump can’t do that” ever been an actual obstacle to this administration?


#1860

I’m sorry, I wasn’t detailed enough. Any replacement Trump picks to be AG has to be confirmed by the Senate. But interim Acting AG’s don’t have to be.


#1861

Allowing the president any input on administration appointees seems like a worse and worse idea all the time but the alternative is having the House or Senate pick which will be just as partisan… Soooo… We’re fucked?


#1862

So, I guess somewhat related. I’ve gotten the third of three approvals I need to move across an ocean and keep my job. Tentative plan for march of next year. Permanent relocation to Europe.


#1863

Congrats!

Since the mid-terms went OK, I have paused my similar timeline.


#1864

In my case this was always a bit of a life goal so I’d likely still be doing this with Hilary at the helm, that said, the current tom foolery probably had a catalyzing effect.


#1865

Basically, yes.

With a Republican Senate, Trump has absolute control over the staffing of the Executive Branch and government agencies.


#1866

Turns out you were right all along:

" Appointments Clause of the Constitution, Article II, Section 2, Clause 2. Under that provision, so-called principal officers of the United States must be nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate under its “Advice and Consent” powers…

It means that Mr. Trump’s installation of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general of the United States after forcing the resignation of Jeff Sessions is unconstitutional. It’s illegal. And it means that anything Mr. Whitaker does, or tries to do, in that position is invalid."