Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and Special Counsel Robert Mueller III (Photos by Diego Radzinschi) Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and Special Counsel Robert Mueller III (Photos by Diego Radzinschi)

President Donald Trump’s decision to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions was based on his view that Sessions had not adequately protected him from the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller III. In his place, the president has installed as acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker who, we assume, the president expects will do a better job for him on that matter. But like so many of the president’s efforts, this one has serious legal hurdles in the way.

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