WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday stayed out of the fight over whether President Donald Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general is illegal by rejecting a motion relating to the matter filed in a pending case.
The court turned away the request made by Barry Michaels, a criminal defendant in a federal case whose lawyers challenged Whitaker, a former federal prosecutor, being named in court papers as the acting attorney general after Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Nov. 7. The court in a brief order also declined to hear Michaels’ appeal in the underlying firearms-related case.
The article goes on to state the following:
Lawyers for Michaels, who filed a lawsuit in Nevada challenging a U.S. law that bars him from buying a firearm due to prior non-violent criminal convictions, decided to make Whitaker’s appointment an issue in their pending appeal before the high court because Sessions was originally named as a defendant in the case.
Supreme Court denies creative effort to test the legality of President Trump’s appointment of Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general
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Supreme Court rebuffs Whitaker appointment challenge https://t.co/KsKLb8uBwa
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