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Supreme Court Asked to Say Whether Whitaker’s Appointment Valid

Nov. 16, 2018, 10:15 PM

An unusual new filing asks the U.S. Supreme Court to move quickly to say whether President Donald Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general is valid.

The filing by Washington lawyer Tom Goldstein came in a pending appeal involving a convicted felon seeking to restore his gun-possession rights.

Goldstein is asking the court to remove Whitaker’s name as a party in that case and substitute that of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The request contends the appointment violates both a federal statute and the U.S. Constitution.

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