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Thu Dec 6, 2018, 11:09 AM

8. Good question.

In theory, that's a possibility. In practice, it would be difficult, though not impossible. But it would be high-risk for Whitaker, who is being watched very closely.

When his appointment was made, the initial response was the concern he would actively try to stop the investigation and prosecutions. That was a reasonable concern, and certainly what Trump had in mind. As opposition to his appointment grew, the primary concern became that he would report to Trump's legal team. Thus, the calls for him to recuse himself from the case, based upon his previous comments in the media. It is unclear at this point if he has been advised that by DOJ ethical guidelines, he should. However, as either he or Mr. Rosenstein could request that ruling, I think it has been done, but not made public. I could, of course, be wrong.

If it hasn't, the DOJ structure comes into play in another way. Whitaker could ask Mr. Rosenstein to be briefed on the case. This could be the case, considering he was informed about last week's Cohen filing the evening before. And he could insist on actually viewing some of the documents. If he did, it would get a lot of negative attention within the DOJ/FBI, including from Mr. Mueller's team.

I think Whitaker's appointment was an example of Trump's recklessness. Surely his real legal team (not Rudy) would have recognized the inherent risks, considering the Democratic House come January, and discouraged this. But Trump is as impulsive as he is repulsive.

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