Acting AG Whitaker once made a key reception in a Rose Bowl football game and ran as a conservative Republican for the U.S. Senate in Iowa. He joined the DOJ in August 2017. It was his second stint at the DOJ, where he was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa in June 2004 by then-President George Dubya Bush. He resigned from the DOJ in 2009 after Obama became president. I can hardly blame him, although he would’ve likely been fired anyway (it’s regular practice for presidents to replace US Attorneys).

In his first tenure at the DOJ, Whitaker served on the Controlled Substances and Asset Forfeiture Subcommittee for the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee and also served on the agency’s White Collar Crime and Violent and Organized Crime subcommittees.

A month before joining the DOJ for the second time, Whitaker penned an opinion piece for Fake News CNN criticizing King Bob’s Russia investigation.

It was a good piece in which he called out Mueller for overstepping his bounds. The only crime is that more people weren’t joining his chorus.

“Last month, when President Donald Trump was asked by The New York Times if special counsel Robert Mueller would be crossing a line if he started investigating the finances of Trump and his family, the President said, ‘I think that’s a violation. Look, this is about Russia,” Whitaker, then a CNN legal commentator, wrote in the August 2016 piece.

“The President is absolutely correct. Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russia 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing.”

Whitaker wrote that he found the possibility of Mueller digging into Trump’s finances as part of the Russian probe “deeply concerning to me.”

“He [Mueller] is only authorized to investigate matters that involved any potential links to and coordination between two entities — the Trump campaign and the Russian government,” Whitaker wrote. “People are wrongly pointing to, and taking out of context, the phrase ‘any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation’ to characterize special counsel’s authority as broad.”

He also defended Don Jr. in a Fake News CNN interview for taking the infamous Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 with a Russian lawyer claiming to have damaging information about Hillary; a meeting that has all the appearances of a set-up by the FBI, DOJ or both, especially considering the Russian lawyer in question had been let into the country under the specific authorization of one AG Loretta Lynch-Whitefolks. 

“Anybody would have taken that meeting,” Whitaker said in the July 2017 CNN interview.

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By all accounts, Whitaker was highly critical of the Mueller probe from the moment he stepped foot in the DOJ. He, like the majority of Americans according to the latest polling, reportedly harbored frustration about the length of the special-counsel probe and doubts about the scope of Mueller’s authority. He questioned Fraud Rosenstein’s ability to give Mueller such wide latitude and wanted to explore the bounds of what Mueller was examining, though Rosenstein kept Sessions’s office “walled off” from the matter.

As former AG Sessions’ chief of staff, Whitaker was known as hard-charger, imposing on the DOJ his personal philosophy of starting with the end in mind. His style rubbed the Swamp the wrong way, and at times DOJ officials pushed back on his demands. DOJ officials said his taking over the top job from his boss was, at the very least, awkward, because chiefs of staff typically leave with the attorney general.

Not this one, Jack. We have an alpha male fighting the corrupt swamp. HALLELUJAH. 

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