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Default Republican group runs “protect Mueller” ad on Trump’s favorite show

Republicans for the Rule of Law ran an ad on Fox & Friends demanding Matthew Whitaker’s recusal.

“We need an attorney general who doesn’t play politics,” the ad’s narrator says, urging viewers to call their members of Congress and “tell them that [acting attorney general Matthew] Whitaker must recuse himself from the Mueller investigation.”
Republicans for the Rule of Law, a political nonprofit, paid for the ad to run in Washington, DC, and New York City during Fox & Friends — a show the president regularly live-tweets.
Trump’s decision to install Whitaker as the head of the Department of Justice presents an unusual moment where some Republicans are breaking off from the president, fearing that his decision to appoint an anti-Mueller partisan to oversee Mueller sets the stage for a constitutional crisis.
“Obviously [Whitaker’s] there because he’s a political ally of the president, not because he’s qualified,” said Sarah Longwell, director of Republicans for the Rule of Law. Her group hopes to persuade Trump supporters that this is a special case, that “firing Mueller or Rosenstein would put us in that constitutional crisis area that would hurt the Republican Party.”
Whitaker thus far has given no indications that he plans to recuse himself from overseeing Mueller’s investigation. Trump reportedly became a fan of his thanks to TV appearances where Whitaker suggested Mueller’s work could be brought to an end by slashing his budget, and characterized his appointment as “ridiculous” and “a little fishy.”
While a handful of Republican members of Congress have said they would support legislation to protect Mueller, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said last Friday and again on Wednesday that he doesn’t think it’s necessary, because “the Mueller investigation is not under threat.”

“Part of the reason we chose DC is that we would like not just the president to see it, but all the folks at DOJ who are following [Whitaker’s appointment] closely, because the overwhelming response from most conservatives and Democrats is that his appointment is a mistake,” she said.
...the group is meant to “encourage debate about some of the Trump administration’s policies and actions” among legal organizations that usually support him, like the Federalist Society.
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