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Maryland files federal court challenge asking judge to block Whitaker, install Rosenstein

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Maryland sues US over Whittaker appointmentPresident Donald Trump's controversial selection of Matthew Whitaker to replace ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions faced its first major challenge Tuesday  in federal court from the state of Maryland, which claimed that the appointment is "illegal and unconstitutional."

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, a Democrat, argued in court documents that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should be installed in Whitaker's place.

"The Constitution and Congress have established vitally important processes for filling high-level vacancies in the federal government," Frosh said Tuesday. "Few positions are more critical than that of the U.S. attorney general, an office that wields enormous enforcement power and authority over the lives of all Americans."

If the court were to rule in Maryland's favor, the Trump administration would be almost certain to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court.


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