Matthew Whitaker and the Corruption of Justice

Matthew Whitaker and the Corruption of Justice

The real question isn’t whether the acting attorney general’s appointment is lawful, but whether it is part of a broader attempt to subvert the rule of law.

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Whitaker’s Ascent at Justice Dept. Surprised Investigators of Firm Accused of Fraud #news @nytimes

Whitaker’s Ascent at Justice Dept. Surprised Investigators of Firm Accused of Fraud #news @nytimes

ImageMatthew G. Whitaker, the acting attorney general, sat on the board of a Miami company investigated by the Federal Trade Commission over accusations that it defrauded thousands of customers.CreditCreditStephanie Keith/Getty ImagesWASHINGTON — As Federal Trade Commission lawyers investigated a Miami company accused of defrauding thousands of customers, they were stunned to learn last year about…

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Matthew Whitaker Earned $1.2 Million From Group Backed by Undisclosed Donors #news @nytimes

Matthew Whitaker Earned $1.2 Million From Group Backed by Undisclosed Donors #news @nytimes

ImageFiles show Matthew G. Whitaker worked for several years for a conservative group that keeps its donors secret.CreditCreditMichael Reynolds/EPA, via ShutterstockWASHINGTON — Matthew G. Whitaker, the acting attorney general, was paid more than $1.2 million in the past few years by a group active in conservative politics that does not reveal its donors, according to…

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Whitaker can legally serve as acting AG with or without Senate confirmation, OLC says #news @Newsweek

Whitaker can legally serve as acting AG with or without Senate confirmation, OLC says #news @Newsweek

The U.S. Department of Justice has reportedly released an internal legal opinion dismissing concerns over the legality of Matthew Whitaker’s recent appointment as acting attorney general. In the 20-page document prepared by the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), which provides advice to executive branch agencies, the opinion asserts that even without Senate confirmation, Whitaker would be able to serve as attorney general in an acting capacity because he has been with the Justice Department for more than a year at “sufficiently senior pay level,” the Associated Press has reported.The legal opinion…

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Matt Whitaker is taking ethics advice on whether to recuse himself from Robert Mueller’s probe #news @Newsweek

Matt Whitaker is taking ethics advice on whether to recuse himself from Robert Mueller’s probe #news @Newsweek

Matthew Whitaker, the acting attorney general, has been taking ethics advice on recusing himself from oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. If he does recuse himself, it would likely infuriate President Donald Trump.A statement by Kerri Kupec, spokeswoman for the Department of Justice, said that Whitaker was “fully committed to following all appropriate processes and procedures at the Department of Justice, including consulting with senior ethics officials on his oversight responsibilities and matters that may warrant recusal.”Whitaker’s predecessor, Jeff Sessions, recused himself after he took office at the beginning of 2017…

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Entertainment Matthew Whitaker, we’re watching you

Entertainment Matthew Whitaker, we’re watching you

Entertainment Adam B. Schiff, The Washington Post Published Free Debt Relief Quote 12:55 pm PST, Monday, November 12, 2018 Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker. (Matthew T. Nichols) Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker. (Matthew T. Nichols) Photo: Matthew T. Nichols, TNS A demonstrator, calling for the recusal of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker in overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, holds a “Trump Is Not Above The Law” sign outside the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. Whitaker, President Donald Trumps new acting attorney general, has…

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Matthew Whitaker: An Attack Dog With Ambition Beyond Protecting Trump #trump @realDonaldTrump

Matthew Whitaker: An Attack Dog With Ambition Beyond Protecting Trump #trump @realDonaldTrump

ImagePresident Trump’s appointment of Matthew G. Whitaker as the acting attorney general has raised ethical and legal questions.CreditCreditDouglas Graham/CQ Roll Call, via Getty ImagesWASHINGTON — President Trump first noticed Matthew G. Whitaker on CNN in the summer of 2017 and liked what he saw — a partisan defender who insisted there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. So that July, the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, interviewed Mr. Whitaker about joining the president’s team as a legal attack dog against the special counsel, Robert S.…

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Trump Says ‘I Don’t Know Matt Whitaker,’ the Acting Attorney General He Chose #news @nytimes

Trump Says ‘I Don’t Know Matt Whitaker,’ the Acting Attorney General He Chose #news @nytimes

VideoThe president calls his choice for acting attorney general a “very respected man.”Published OnNov. 9, 2018CreditCreditSarah Silbiger/The New York TimesWASHINGTON — President Trump said on Friday that he has not yet spoken to the new acting attorney general, Matthew G. Whitaker, about the special counsel investigation, and he distanced himself from Mr. Whitaker by suggesting…

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Matthew Whitaker’s first act as acting attorney general is to argue Trump has right to limit asylum #news @Newsweek

Matthew Whitaker’s first act as acting attorney general is to argue Trump has right to limit asylum #news @Newsweek

Matthew Whitaker’s first publicized act as acting attorney general was to issue a new rule Thursday denying asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally through the southern United States-Mexico border.Whitaker was appointed to the role on Wednesday by President Donald Trump after the president asked then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his resignation. Whitaker previously acted as Sessions’s chief of staff and has attracted scrutiny after making public his views that the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign should…

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