Who Paid Acting AG Matthew Whitaker $1.2 Million?

Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today dropped a bombshell on ABC’s This Week show saying Acting AG Matthew Whitaker received some $1.2 million dollars in income to defend Trump on TV but nobody knows the source of the money.


Sen Klobuchar told host George Stephanopoulos;
“There are court cases going on that are questioning this appointment of someone[Whitaker] that is literally a walking conflict who got $1.2 million, the most he ever got in his life, to go on TV to protect Donald Trump and we have no idea where that money came from, and so I am asking where did that money come from?”

Different arguments have been made as to why Matthew Whitaker is unfit to fill the AG spot vacated by Jeff Sessions but none is as powerful as the conflict of interest argument advanced by Senator Klobuchar. As the Senator aptly put it, Whitaker is “literally a walking conflict” and must not be allowed to fill the AG spot without vetting by the U.S. Senate.

Bottom line, Democrats both in the House and Senate must put up a fight to protect Mueller probe and highlighting Acting AG Whitaker’s numerous conflicts of interest, including this mysterious $1.2 million payment is a very good starting point.

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Acting AG Whitaker Must Recuse Himself From Mueller Probe

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow yesterday gave a very compelling case as to why Matt Whitaker, Trump’s appointee to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions creates such an appearance of impropriety that Whitaker’s only option is recusal from Mueller probe.


It is well known that even though Special Counsel Robert Mueller was given great latitude to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections, his investigation has boiled down to two major questions–whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia and whether Trump, in an effort to hide his ties to Russia has used his position as President to obstruct justice.

Well it turns out, according to Maddow that Matt Whitaker, Trump’s appointee to replace Jeff Sessions and the new custodian of the Mueller probe has already made public his position on the two key TrumpRussia questions making him unfit to oversee Mueller probe.

Whitaker reportedly said on a radio show on June 21, 2017;
“The truth is there was no collusion with the Russians and the Trump campaign. Regarding obstruction of justice, Whitaker said this on Sean Hannity show, one of Trump’s favorite shows on Fox News;
“This idea that there was some collusion with Russian nationals and even Putin to interfere…with the election I think is just ludicrous based on what we know at this point.”

The full Maddow segment is available here but the relevant clip is below

Bottom line, as Maddow correctly observed, if Whitaker has already stated publicly his conclusions about the two key questions being investigated by Mueller–collusion and obstruction–he cannot credibly oversee the Mueller probe and must recuse himself.

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