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President Trump broke the law when he appointed Matthew Whitaker to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday, lawyers Neal Katyal and George Conway argue in a New York Times op-ed Thursday . The problem, they say, is that Whitaker was not confirmed by the Senate. They argue that that violates the Constitution’s Appointments Clause, which they say requires all “principal officers” of the government to be Senate-confirmed. Indeed, it was very strange that Trump bypassed the next in line for the post, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and slotted in Whitaker instead. Rosenstein had been confirmed by the Senate for the deputy job. But Whitaker was serving as Sessions’s chie... Full story

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