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US acting Attorney General urged to recuse from Russia probe

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Eighteen US state have urged the new to recuse himself from an ongoing investigation on the alleged Russian meddling in the 2016

In a letter on Thursday, the said that Robert Mueller's probe "must proceed free from interference", reports

"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.

Whitaker, who was the at the Department of Justice, replaced Jeff Sessions who resigned on Wednesday as

As Mueller's new boss, is expected to take charge of oversight over the ongoing investigation, including approval of budget decisions and subpoenas.

When posting the joint letter on Twitter, Maura Healey, of Massachusetts, said that Whitaker's "hostility to the Special Counsel's investigation disqualifies him from overseeing Robort Muller".

was known to be sceptical about Mueller's probe on alleged Russian interference and Donald Trump's connection with in the 2016 election.

has denied any involvement in the elections.

The letter was signed by the of Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, California, North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont, Rhode Island, Washington, Virginia, and



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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 15:08 IST