WASHINGTON | Future seems uncertain for Trump’s acting attorney general

WASHINGTON | Future seems uncertain for Trump’s acting attorney general

WASHINGTON — Matthew Whitaker’s future at the helm of the Justice Department appears uncertain as President Donald Trump denies even knowing the man he’s just named acting attorney general.

The Senate’s top Republican is predicting a permanent replacement could be named soon for Whitaker, who’s now overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible ties between Russia and Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

The comments Friday from Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., came as Whitaker’s past business ties and remarks on Mueller’s probe and other topics drew scrutiny from Democrats and ethics groups.

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