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Ernst: 'Man of Integrity' Whitaker Won't Fire Mueller

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(Reuters)

By    |   Friday, 16 November 2018 03:17 PM

Sen. Joni Ernst said Friday she does not believe Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will fire special counsel Robert Mueller, as he's a "man of integrity."

"I have known Matt Whitaker for a very long time," the Iowa Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom."

"He is from Iowa and I know him to be a man of integrity. He does uphold the law."

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he had the assurance that Mueller would not be fired after meeting with Whitaker Thursday. Ernst agreed with him.

"I feel confident that whatever he shared with Sen. Graham yesterday was truthful and I know Lindsey, of course, very well and if he has confidence, certainly I have confidence as well," said Ernst.

Meanwhile, it's up to Trump to appoint a full-time attorney general to replace Jeff Sessions, said Ernst, and Republicans want someone who will "have integrity and will uphold the law."

She also discussed upcoming government funding talks, and commented that Republicans want to be certain they're working toward the president's goals while making sure the border is secured.

"Certainly I would love to see us proceed without a government shutdown," Ernst said. "That means we need to be communicating quite clearly with the White House and doing the absolute best we can to achieve both goals."

There have been reports that Trump is not committing to avoid a partial government shutdown over border wall funding. Ernst said she hopes that does not happen.

"I don't support shutting down our government," said Ernst. "I think we have a lot of programs that are absolutely necessary to keep up and going."

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Sen. Joni Ernst said Friday she does not believe Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will fire special counsel Robert Mueller, as he's a "man of integrity."
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