Democratic Party lawmakers in the US Senate are considering legal action over President Donald Trump’s appointment of a new acting attorney general to head the Justice Department, as some outside experts called the move unconstitutional.
US congressional sources said on Friday that Democrats in the upper chamber of Congress were considering suing Trump on the grounds that the president ignored a clause in the US Constitution that states some senior government officials must be confirmed by the Senate.
“The only two paths to that office are regular succession, and advice (and) consent,” said a source close to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Trump on Wednesday named Matthew Whitaker to replace former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was forced to resign after months of attacks by Trump for rescuing himself from an ongoing investigation into alleged Russian collusion with Trump’s 2016 presidential election campaign.
The move made…