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Sen. Graham Backs Whitaker's Mueller Oversight, New AG in '19

(CBS's "Face the Nation")

By    |   Sunday, 11 November 2018 12:13 PM

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker does not need to recuse himself from the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller despite criticism of the probe, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Sunday.

In an interview on CBS News' "Face The Nation," Graham, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, predicted a new attorney general will be nominated by early 2019.

"I don't think [Whitaker] has to recuse himself," Graham said. "I  am confident that the Mueller investigation will be allowed to come to a good, solid conclusion, that there will be no political influence put on Mr. Mueller by Mr. Whitaker to do anything other than Mr. Mueller's job."

"Mr. Whitaker I think is legally qualified and otherwise qualified to oversee this investigation until a new attorney general will be appointed — and I think that will happen early next year," he added.

Graham also dismissed the veiled rebuke of President Donald Trump by French President Emmanuel Macron in a speech that declared "patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism."

"Republican presidents always have hard time in Europe," Graham responded. "I'm not really worried about this at all."

Graham also backed Trump's aggressive stand against a migrant caravan heading toward the United States to seek asylum, saying asylum "shouldn't be a magnet for illegal immigration," but adding: "Not so sure you can do it by executive order."

And he supported Trump's criticism of forest management in California — even as he distanced himself from the president's threat to cut off federal aid to the wildfire-ravaged state.

"My heart goes out to the people who lost their homes . . . but we do have a forest management problem all over the country we need to address," Graham said. "California will receive the money they need, but going forward, we need to look at some of the underlying causes of these fires."

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Despite public criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker does not need to recuse himself, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.,told CBS News' "Face The Nation."
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