Prior to joining the Department of Justice last fall, Acting Attorney General, Matthew G. Whitaker, was a regular reviewer of the Special Council's investigation into Russia's interference in the United States. Election in 2016, according to nearly eight hours of media appearances reviewed by The Fix. look in the video above.
While praising special advocate Robert S. Mueller III ("a good choice"), Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein ("a bowler") and former FBI director, James B. Comey ("pro pros"), Whitaker simultaneously undermined two central parts of the Russian investigation: whether Trump's associates conspired with Russia and whether President Trump obstructed justice. Whitaker did not call for Mueller's dismissal in appearances before the Washington Post, but said Trump had the power to fire him. ("He would not want and he should not, but he can.")
During a six-month period in 2017, Whitaker regularly came back on a series of talking points: there was no collusion, collusion was not a crime, he did not There was no impediment to justice and it was not necessary to appoint a special counsel. .
"The left is trying to make believe the theory that the Russians have intervened in the US election, which has been proven wrong," Whitaker told the Chosen Generation Radio show in March 2017. "They are trying to suggest that the Trump campaign had these deep ties to Russia, which is not true … [and] that Russia and the Trump campaign have somehow conspired to influence the elections. I mean, it's crazy. "
"The only difference between this investigation and" Watergate ", is that" Watergate "had evidence of actual crimes," Whitaker told CNN in June 2017. "At present, two acts of A president appear to be legally constitutional and without more – for example, corruption or another illegal act – I just do not see, in our presence today, any evidence of crimes committed. "
In July 2017, Whitaker launched the idea of turning off the Mueller probe. In August 2017, Whitaker announced that she would cross a "red line" for Mueller to investigate the finances of the Trump Organization. And later in the month, Whitaker said it was "ridiculous" that Rosenstein named Mueller, instead of conducting the investigation on Russia as part of the regular courts of the Justice Department.
Whitaker, who in 2016 asked a special lawyer to conduct an investigation into the use of a private email server by Hillary Clinton prior to the closing of the FBI's investigation, was shown more timid last year as to the assertion of wrongdoing in connection with the investigation conducted in Russia.
"What we know publicly, there is not enough for a case," said Whitaker last June.
At the end of the summer, Whitaker directly cited Trump's attacks against the probe during his appearances.
"The president made an interesting comment about this survey yesterday. Why do not these people hurry? "Said Whitaker in August 2017." It does not help the government or the federal government. usually the president and his associates under the cloud of a federal inquiry. "