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Whitaker saying he won’t cut Mueller funding: report

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has told associates that he won't reduce special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerBarr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting MORE's budget, as he previously suggested, a source told Bloomberg. 

Whitaker, who took over the role last week when former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTime to bring federal employees home for every holiday Alabama zeroes in on Richard Shelby's future Tuberville incorrectly says Gore was president-elect in 2000 MORE was ousted, has reportedly said he will allow Mueller's investigation into Russian interference to move forward. His appointment raised alarms among Democrats and a few Republicans who expressed concern about his past statements about the investigation.

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Whitaker has come under scrutiny since his appointment for opinion pieces he wrote for The Hill and CNN advocating for curbing the scope of the Mueller investigation, and suggesting stifling its funding. He penned both pieces prior to joining the Department of Justice as chief of staff to Sessions.

Skeptics of any such effort by Whitaker to cut funding have noted that Mueller's budget for fiscal year 2019 has already been approved.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump MORE fired Sessions last week and named Whitaker as his temporary replacement. Democrats and legal experts have questioned the legality of Whitaker's appointments, noting that he was not confirmed by the Senate and questioning his qualifications.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), likely the incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, signaled on Sunday he would call on Whitaker to appear before lawmakers to answer questions about his appointment.

“Our very first witness on — after Jan. 3 — we will subpoena ... or we will summon — if necessary, subpoena, Mr. Whitaker,” Nadler said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffBarr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Trump pardons Flynn | Lawmakers lash out at decision | Pentagon nixes Thanksgiving dining hall meals due to COVID-19 Democratic impeachment leaders blast Trump's pardon of Flynn MORE (D-Calif.), the expected chairman of the House Intelligence Committee in the next session of Congress, added in a separate interview on Sunday that Democrats will hold Whitaker accountable if he attempts to interfere with the Mueller investigation at all.