Who Is Matthew Whitaker?
Matthew Whitaker is the acting Attorney General who reportedly has no intention of recusing himself from the Mueller probe he repeatedly criticized. Here’s why Trump turned a former hot tub salesman with little experience into the nation’s top law enforcement official.<br /><br />Michael G. Whitaker was born in 1969 in Ankeny, Iowa, a suburb of Des Moines. In 1995, he received his Juris Doctor degree and a master’s degree in finance from the university’s school of business.<br /><br />Upon graduation, Whitaker went into practice as a lawyer for a handful of regional law firms. He was also corporate counsel for a national grocery company. In 2002, with experience in arguing for grocery stores, he decided to take his talents to public office. As a Republican, Whitaker ran unsuccessfully for state treasurer of Iowa, losing the race to the incumbent Democrat. By 2004, Whitaker finally locked down a position in politics It was a position that didn’t have to be voted on - so he won! He was appointed the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa where he served for 5 years, until the Obama administration took over.<br /><br />Whitaker then thought he’d try his hand at running for the highest chamber of Congress. He ran as a Republican in Iowa for the United States Senate. But Whitaker’s arguably most troubling idea came when he said he would only support federal judges who have a biblical worldview. In a 2014 debate, Whitaker went pretty hard at the idea of a secular judge - even though the office of a U.S. Senator is secular. "If they have a secular worldview, then I'm going to be very concerned about how they judge," he said.<br />The Des Moines Register notes that what he was effectively saying was, “if elected, he would see no place for a judge of Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, agnostic or other faith, or of no faith.” <br /><br />After news broke that Donald Jr. had met with a Russian lawyer who was offering dirt on Hillary Clinton, Whitaker came to bat for the president’s adult son. Continuing his quest to become a blip on Trump’s radar, Whitaker retweeted a Philadelphia Inquirer article titled, “Note to Trump’s Lawyer: Do Not Cooperate With Mueller Lynch Mob.” All of this was seemingly music to Trump’s ears as—just a month after Whitaker’s hit piece on Mueller’s probe dropped—Attorney General Jeff Sessions hired him as his chief of staff.<br /><br />On November 7, 2018, Trump forced Sessions to resign. The latest move in his slow-motion Saturday night massacre. The president’s reason for bypassing Rod Rosenstein, the guy who’s actually senate confirmed, for Matthew Whitaker is pretty clear by now.<br /><br /> This video, "Who Is Matthew Whitaker?</a>", first appeared on<br /> nowthisnews.com</a>.<br />