Former federal prosecutor says acting Attorney General Whitaker will have 'light touch' on Mueller probe

Former federal prosecutor Joseph Moreno said Thursday that new acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will have a light touch on special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's probe into Russia's election interference. 

"I think Democrats, who are certainly emboldened by the election, will certainly say ... that there's a conflict here," Moreno told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on "Rising." 

"I think it's grey. I think these things are often left to the officials themselves, and I think it's a rabbit hole that frankly we don't need to be going down because I think, my expectation is, he will have a similarly light touch over the Mueller investigation as Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinAttorney General Barr is in a mess — and has no one to blame but himself Graham requests interviews with DOJ, FBI officials as part of probe into Russia investigation DOJ won't charge former FBI Deputy Director McCabe MORE has had these 18 past months, and I don't think it's going to be an issue long-term," he continued. 

"The issue is going to be what, if anything, does Bob Mueller find? So it's the substance, I think, not the process that will ultimately be what's really important here in the long run," he said. 

Moreno's comments come less than a day after Attorney General Jeff Sessions was ousted by President Trump

The Justice Department told The Hill that Trump's pick to replace Sessions, Whitaker, will oversee Mueller's probe. 

"The Acting Attorney General is in charge of all matters under the purview of the Department of Justice," DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement. 

Trump has long slammed Sessions's decision to recuse himself from the Mueller investigation, which he has called a politically motivated "witch hunt."

Democrats have said that Whitaker's previous critical comments about Mueller's probe make him unfit to oversee the investigation. 

Politico reported on Wednesday that senior House Democrats are planning to invite Mueller to testify on Capitol Hill if Trump takes action to shutter the Russia probe. 

— Julia Manchester