Matthew Whitaker: How the new acting attorney general could squeeze Mueller’s Russia investigation

Jeff Sessions, the US attorney general, was forced to quit by Donald Trump on Wednesday, plunging the Russia investigation into deep uncertainty. 

Mr Trump announced Matthew Whitaker, Mr Sessions’ chief of staff, will fill the role until a permanent replacement is found.

The appointment, which includes overseeing the Russia probe, attracted immediate questions, as Democrats highlighted Mr Whitaker’s history of criticising Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the US election and demanded assurances that he would not cut it short.

For his part, Mr Whitaker thanked his predecessor and the president, before promising to work to protect all Americans.

"I am committed to leading…

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