Eighteen US state Attorneys General have urged the new Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to recuse himself from an ongoing investigation on the alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections.
"Because a reasonable person could question your impartiality in the matter, your recusal is necessary to maintain public trust in the integrity of the investigation and to protect the essential and longstanding independence of the Department you have been chosen to lead, on an acting basis," the letter said.
When posting the joint letter on Twitter, Maura Healey, Attorney General of Massachusetts, said that Whitaker's "hostility to the Special Counsel's investigation disqualifies him from overseeing Robort Muller".
Russia has denied any involvement in the elections.
The letter was signed by the Attorneys general of Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, California, North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont, Rhode Island, Washington, Virginia, New Mexico and Maryland.
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