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US Justice Department Defends Appointment of Acting AG

The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday defended the legality of President Donald Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general, which bypassed the usual line of succession at the agency. In a 20-page internal legal opinion, the agency's Office of Legal Counsel said Trump could "depart from the succession order" and name Whitaker instead of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, then the second in command at Justice when the president last week...

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