Schumer sent Trump a letter on Friday warning that Whitaker's appointment ignored the line of succession within the Justice Department and "potentially violated the Appointments Clause of the Constitution" by putting someone who had not been previously confirmed by the Senate into the Justice Department spot. 
 
"Mr. Whitaker is a political appointee who is not serving in a Senate confirmed position in the Justice Department.  I am not aware of any precedent for appointment of an official who has not been confirmed by the Senate to serve as acting Attorney General," Schumer wrote in the letter. 
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He added that the decision to name Whitaker, who was previously Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsPelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Democrats bicker over strategy on impeachment McCabe says he would 'absolutely not' cut a deal with prosecutors MORE's chief of staff, "raises a number of questions regarding the propriety and even the constitutionality of that action" and that he wants answers about Trump's "motivations" behind the decision.

Trump announced on Wednesday that he was ousting Sessions, who had been a frequent public punching bag, and replacing him, temporarily, with Whitaker. The White House hasn't given any specifics on when they will nominate a permanent attorney general and it's unlikely that the Senate would have enough time to confirm a nominee this year. 
 
Whitaker's ascendence sparked alarm bells from Democrats, and some Republicans, because of the potential implications for special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation MORE's investigation. Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Nadler's House committee holds a faux hearing in search of a false crime House Democrats seeking Sessions's testimony in impeachment probe MORE had been placed in charge of the probe, but the Justice Department said this week that Whitaker would be taking over oversight. 

Schumer said he couldn't see a "legitimate reason" for appointing Whitaker when Rosenstein had been Senate confirmed and that the decision was "clouded by unresolved constitutional questions."

Schumer is asking Trump to explain why he leapfrogged over Rosenstein, if he discussed the decision of who to appoint as acting attorney general with anyone else in the administration or if he asked for advice from the Justice Department's Legal Counsel. 
 
He also wants to know if he discussed Mueller's investigation with Whitaker before he was appointed as acting attorney general or if he made Whitaker take a "pledge of loyalty."