Listen: President Trump, Matt Whitaker, Justice Department discussed on All In with Chris Hayes
"Yeah. And I want to separate out the constitutionality of a president making an interim appointment that is a rational judgment versus this particular president in this particular interim appointment under all the circumstances. We have with Mr. Whittaker, including the fact that he clearly was told by someone who is a witness in the Muller investigation. Hey, become a pundit to get the president's attention in order to get a job a stray Shen who then becomes one of the people who is the endorser of this is a great person for the job even publicly he becomes validate Christmas bizarre. Chris and important not about the opinion. It is an opinion. It is law. It is now attorneys at the Justice department can't go to jail if they rely on that. But it's certainly not binding and a quarter or anything like that. Now courts will be the arbiter of of what weather Whitaker should have been appointed. Or or whether the point was lawful, but we shouldn't give too much stock to the significance of that. Well, see opinion, the office of legal counsel opinion, that said that was the Justice Department's opinion that he was properly appointed. And my I think the thing that concerns me so much about this is I think there is a an argument that is a credible legal argument that the appointment power itself and not going in succession was not contrary to the constitution. I think the problem here is where conflicting problem of congress not doing its job of oversight. Right. It particular. Now in this case, it's going to be the Senate that that's. Our constitutional problem. And that the president does not feel any accountability to the normal checks and balances, including his own party saying we think you maybe should make a better choice. We we're gonna see I remain astonished in some ways that the Matt Whitaker is the acting attorney general the United States and continues to be, but I also think that that is not a tenable situation for that long. Elliot Williams, Jill wine, banks, and Maya Wiley, thank you all coming up, the president stating in no uncertain terms that he sides with Saudi Arabia on the murder of journalist Jamal Shoji. The stunning statement for the president reaction from Kashoggi's friend and Washington Post editor next.."