Matthew Whitaker, Sessions' Replacement, Is Awful

Any sensible person fully expected that outgoing Attorney General Jeff Sessions' replacement would be even worse than he was. The only question was what particular flavors of terrible it would be.

Sessions' interim (and possibly permanent) replacement, Matthew Whitaker, who's been handed control of Special Counsel Bob Mueller's investigation, is already shaping up to be a total fucking nightmare.

Last year, he penned a piece for CNN entitled "Mueller's Investigation of Trump Is Going Too Far."

In a piece by Betsy Woodruff et. al. at the Daily Beast about the secretive, anti-Democrat group he led, a Department of Justice trial attorney is quoted saying, "Whitaker is on record as being more interested in propping up Trump than in upholding the rule of law. It's hard to have confidence that he'll do anything other than what the president had said in his tweets."

Like Donald Trump, Whitaker is a con artist who was "involved in a Miami-based invention-marketing company the Federal Trade Commission shut down last year after calling it a scam," and like Mike Pence, Whitaker is a Christian Supremacist who believes that judges should have "a biblical view."

In July of 2017, Whitaker was a guest on a CNN panel where he defended Don Trump Jr.'s taking the Trump Tower meeting with Russian operatives offering "dirt" on Hillary Clinton, because: "You would always take that meeting."

Speaking of Don Jr., his father is reportedly (and take that with a grain of salt) very worried that his son is about to be indicted by Mueller: "In recent days, according to three sources, Don Jr. has been telling friends he is worried about being indicted as early as this week. One person close to Don Jr. speculated that Mueller could indict him for making false statements to Congress and the F.B.I. about whether he had told his father about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting."

If Trump is worried about his son being indicted, presumably it's less out of actual concern for his son but because he is worried about his own guilty hide. He may feel like he's next, which is why he has "already begun reviewing with his lawyers the written answers to questions from special counsel Robert Mueller."

And why he acted swiftly to oust Sessions and shove Rod Rosenstein aside to put Whitaker in charge of the Mueller investigation.

Trump and Whitaker share one very important thing in common: They both believe Whitaker's primary role at the Justice Department is to shield Trump from justice.

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