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Then-Iowa Republican senatorial candidate and former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker before a live televised debate in Johnston, Iowa, on April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

U.S. Senate Democrats on Monday challenged the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting U.S. attorney general, arguing he is ineligible to lead the Justice Department in an interim capacity because he did not rise from a role that required Senate confirmation.

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C. Ryan Barber

C. Ryan Barber, based in Washington, covers government affairs and regulatory compliance. Contact him at [email protected]. On Twitter: @cryanbarber

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