The "Outnumbered" panel on Monday discussed calls by Democrats for Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to recuse himself from the Russia investigation.

Following Jeff Sessions' abrupt resignation last week, President Trump tweeted that Whitaker, chief of staff to Sessions, would take over.

Whitaker has made past comments in the media about cutting the special counsel's budget as a way to end the investigation, leading to concern among Democrats.

Radio host Larry Elder said that the accusations of bias on the part of Whitaker aren't fair.


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Those on the left say that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would push the Russia probe forward, Elder said, adding that Rosenstein himself has called Whitaker "superb."

"[Rosenstein said Whitaker] was competent and had the loyalty of the members of the DOJ," said Elder.

Harris Faulkner said asked why Democrats didn't seem to bring up as much concern over conflicts of interest cases like FBI paramours Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

"My question is, where is the line on bias?" she said. "Why is there more comfort with that and the idea that at the DOJ, Bruce Ohr's wife worked for the anti-Trump opposition research firm?"

Kennedy added that Whitaker's past comments have not been a basis to call for his recusal.

"To say that somehow, what Matthew Whitaker has said and written is somehow a greater violation than Rod Rosenstein, then I think that we are done with rules, that everything is completely subjective and we just go to a form of crude tribalism."

Watch the discussion above.


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