Three Senate Democrats are suing to oust acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker and replace him with deputy AG Rod Rosenstein. Sens. Richard Blumenthal, Sheldon Whitehouse and Mazie Hirono say President Trump went around the Constitution by appointing Whitaker to temporarily replace Jeff Sessions, who the president asked to resign. While Whitaker is just a temporary caretaker of the position, the Democrats see a great way to clog the pipes with a lawsuit while claiming Trump went around the Constitution’s “advise and consent” role for the Senate. Dems fear Whitaker will curtail the Robert Mueller investigation.
—QUOTABLE: “The U.S. Senate has not consented to Mr. Whitaker serving in any office within the federal government, let alone the highest office of the DOJ.” -The Three Dems
Sen. Mazie Hirono won’t say whether harassing senators out in public is going too far. The Hawaii Democrat on Sunday refused to answer a question on CNN probing whether she thinks what happened to Sen. Ted Cruz—who was mobbed out of a restaurant during the heat of the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh—is overdoing it by protesters. She dodged the question, but host Dana Bash kept trying to pin her down. Eventually she basically said Republicans are fair targets because…white supremacy.
—QUOTABLE: “You look at white supremacists and all that, this is what’s coming forth in our country, a tremendous divisiveness in our country…This is the kind of activism that occurs and people make their own decisions. If they violate the law, then they have to account for that.” -Hirono on CNN’s “State of the Union”