The Big Q: Will Acting US Attorney General Whitaker Sack Mueller?
Almost immediately after US Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ exit was announced by the White House, Mr. Sessions’ Chief of Staff Matt Whitaker, 49 anni, was named as acting US Attorney General.
With the naming of Mr. Whitaker to oversee the US Department of Justice, Washington DC insiders began asking 2 Big Q’s:
- Who is Matt Whitaker and
- Will he would sack special counsel Robert Mueller?
Republican sources in Iowa who know Matt Whitaker described the onetime tight end for the University of Iowa football team, former US Attorney, a loyal Republican and loyal to President Trump.
Most who spoke to felt he would sack Robert Mueller without hesitation if he felt he had to.
“I have known Matt for many years and can say he is a very strong straightforward kind of guy who believes in hard work and fair play,” said Kim Schmett, former Polk County (Des Moines) Republican Chairman. “And he is not afraid to make tough decisions.”
Matt Whitaker has sought the Republican nomination for statewide office 3X and lost. Most recently, he was a candidate for US Senator in Y 2014 and placed 4th in a 4-candidate primary won by present Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa).
Mr. Whitaker foresaw what happened Wednesday when he told CNN in July of Y 2017 he “could see a scenario where Jeff Sessions is replaced with a recess appointment . . . and that attorney general does not fire Bob Mueller, but he just reduces his budget to so low that his investigation grinds to almost a halt.”
Matt Whitaker is much more loyal to President Trump than he was to Jeff Sessions, so Robert Mueller should fear the worst.