Who is Matthew Whitaker? 3 things to know about the responsible attorney General

closevideo what to know about the new acting Attorney General, Matthew Whitaker

Matthew Whitaker as Deputy attorney General, according to Jeff Sessions for his resignation from the position announced, took over on Nov. 7 hours after a handful of election day, the race rocked the country.

“We are pleased to announce that Matthew G. Whitaker, chief of staff of the Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Department of Justice, in our new Acting Attorney General of the United States. He will serve our country well,” Trump tweeted, the departure in response to Sessions.


Whitaker, 49, already has some experience under his belt. Read it to know more for three things, about sessions’ replacement.

He is a former Hawkeye (football star)

Whitaker is proud of Iowa, and has deep ties to the state — both personally and professionally.

He played in the 1991 Rose Bowl for the University of Iowa as a tight end, the des Moines Register.

“He played football for Iowa (lettered three years, playing tight end) and was academic all-Big Ten in 1990, 91 & 92, it was All Academic-American in 1992, and won the prestigious Big Ten medal, 1993,” the University of Iowa offers an online profile of the politician, the found Whitaker received his Bachelor’s degree in communications and a law degree and MBA in the year 1991 and 1995, respectively.

He is a “respected Republican”

Whitaker is a “respected Republicans”, according to the Register. He has worn many hats during his entire political career, including serving as co-Chairman for former Texas Gov. Rick Perry 2012 presidential campaign, the newspaper reported. He was also dedicated to the executive director of the Washington, DC-based Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, a non-profit, ethics and transparency in government, for about three years.

In 2002, he tried to Iowa Treasurer is more, but ultimately lost the race to Democratic incumbent Michael Fitzgerald. Later, he served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Iowa from 2004 to 2009, earning the support of President George W. Bush, according to the school.


His next political target: the U.S. Senate. The Republicans running for a U.S. Senate seat in Iowa in 2014, but was defeated by Joni Ernst in the primary school.

In September 2017, he took a role as the Sessions, ” chief of staff.

He previously commented on the possibility of trump firing sessions

Whitaker already suggested Trump might fire meetings on his disappointment that the attorney-General for recusing itself from Russia probe.

An angry Trump complained repeatedly that he would never have in the selected Sessions if he had known that the attorney General would recuse. The distancing of the left the investigation in the hands of Rosenstein, the Müller is appointed as special counsel two months later, after Trump fired then-FBI Director James Comey.

“So I could see a scenario in which Jeff Sessions, replaced by a recess appointment … and that the attorney General does not fire, Bob Mueller, but he reduced his budget so low is that his investigation comes to almost a halt,” Whitaker said in an interview with CNN in July 2017, just a few months before he Sessions’ chief of staff, according to The Washington Post.

“So I could see a scenario in which Jeff Sessions, replaced by a recess appointment …”

— Matthew Whitaker

Asked whether the special counsel resources would dwindle, Whitaker replied, “Right.”

In an op-ed for CNN, Whitaker wrote: “Muller has the 2016 election-interference study to come up to a red line in Russia-that he was dangerously close to the intersection.”

In December, the justice Department ethics officials Whitaker deleted on the Russia-investigation, a source told Fox News.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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