Acting AG Whitaker gets cool reception from Trump

Matthew Whitaker, appointed acting Attorney General of the United States following the departure of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Photo Date: 11/7/2018 / Photo: CNN / (MGN)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - At week's end, Matthew Whitaker's future at the helm of the Justice Department appears uncertain at best. President Donald Trump denied even knowing the man he had named acting attorney general just two days earlier.

The Senate's top Republican predicted a permanent replacement could be named soon for Whitaker, who is now overseeing the Trump-Russia probe.

The comments from Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came as Whitaker's past business ties and remarks on special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation and other topics were drawing scrutiny from Democrats and ethics groups.