[72][74] George J. Terwilliger III, a former U.S. attorney and deputy attorney general, said in his role as chief of staff, Whitaker would have dealt daily with making "substantive choices about what is important to bring to the AG".

[85] He also initiated implementation of the First Step Act,[86] and oversaw successful efforts towards the reduction of drug overdose deaths between 2017 and 2018.

Circuit Court, saying the President violated the Constitution and denied the Senate its right to approve the nomination.

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[123] He also retweeted a link to an article that referred to the investigation as a "lynch mob". United States Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, College Sports Information Directors of America, Central Iowa Employment and Training Consortium, 2014 United States Senate election in Iowa, stole confidential information from companies around the world, United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, United States District Court for the Southern District of California, Timeline of investigations into Trump and Russia (July–December 2018), "Jeff Sessions forced out as attorney general", "Trump names Iowa native Matt Whitaker acting attorney general after Sessions resigns", "United States Attorney Announces Resignation", "Ex-Iowa football player Matthew Whitaker is U.S. Acting Attorney General", "Iowa's Matt Whitaker's future in limbo as Trump's picks William Barr for attorney general", "Ex-acting AG Matthew Whitaker leaves Justice Department", "Matthew Whitaker, former acting attorney general, leaves Justice Department", "After outcry over appointment, Trump's top law enforcer treading...", "Trump's Former Acting Attorney General Lands Political Consulting Job", "Matt Whitaker, Iowa attorney and ex-Hawkeye starter, seen as Trump favorite for key posts", https://www.ajc.com/news/who-matthew-whitaker-the-acting-attorney-general/flNEDKMf21XLKJ5M5O8bjM/, "Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker Incorrectly Claims Academic All-American Honors", United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, "2002 State Treasurer General Election Results — Iowa", "Whitaker's unusual path to Justice Department included owning day-care center, trailer maker and concrete supplier", "Trump pick Whitaker rose through ranks as partisan targeting Democrats", "Ashcroft Issues Tougher Prosecutorial Guidelines", "As U.S. attorney, Whitaker imposed longer-than-usual drug sentences", "I Was the Subject of a Political 'Witch Hunt.'
Jeff Sessions resigns as Attorney General after Trump's request, President Trump tweeted Wednesday afternoon that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned. [95] Lawyers Neal Katyal and George T. Conway III argued in a New York Times op-ed that the appointment was unconstitutional under the Appointments Clause, as the position of Attorney General is a "principal" one requiring Senate confirmation. After the parties came to a swift and effective settlement of the case, Judge Mark W. Bennett of the Northern District of Iowa noted that "these settlements would not have been remotely possible without the highly experienced, skilled, and extraordinarily professional defense counsel in this case". [75], With the resignation of Sessions on November 7, 2018, Whitaker was appointed to serve as Acting Attorney General under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998.

By July 2017, the Trump White House was interviewing Whitaker to join the Trump legal team. [50], The company contributed to Whitaker's 2014 U.S. Senate campaign,[51] but over the three year period from 2014 and 2017 paid Whitaker less than $17,000 for work performed. In 2012, Whitaker gave an insight into their home life, tweeting, “My wife and I share responsibility for the laundry.”. While Whitaker was running in the Republican Senate primary for the seat that was eventually won by Joni Ernst, Marci featured regularly on her husband’s Twitter feed. In fact, he is currently serving as the Attorney of USA. [3][76] In that position, he directly supervised Robert Mueller's Special Counsel investigation, which had previously been supervised by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in his role as Acting Attorney General, due to the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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[102][103][104] Maryland was expected to test the argument in court that Whitaker was unlawfully named acting Attorney General, and thus had no standing in the court or authority to respond to their lawsuit. [4] Whitaker ran in the 2014 Iowa Republican primary for the United States Senate. © 2020 by Tango Media Corporation All Rights Reserved. The legality of Matthew Whitaker's appointment as Acting Attorney General has been disputed by several constitutional scholars.

[131] Whitaker was referenced by White House staff after a New York Times article disclosed in September that Rod Rosenstein had discussed secretly taping his conversations with the president and talked about using the Twenty-fifth Amendment to remove Trump from office.

[82] On December 18, 2018, Whitaker signed the regulation that reclassified bump stocks as machine guns, rendering them illegal to possess under federal law. [88], Democrats poised to assume chairmanships of key House committees in January 2019 warned the Justice Department and other departments to preserve records relating to the Mueller investigation and Sessions' firing.

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[121] On November 13, a DOJ spokesperson said that Whitaker would seek advice from ethics officials at the Department of Justice (DOJ) about whether a recusal from overseeing the Russia investigation was warranted. [54][55] In an unverified report, the owner of Ripoff Report told The Wall Street Journal that Whitaker had called him in 2015 demanding his website take down negative reports about WPM, alleging, "He threatened to ruin my business if I didn't remove the reports. Whitaker said there was no evidence of a crime by the President, and that "abuse of power is not a crime" in the Constitution. Email him here: [email protected] Tex.

[14][3], As an undergraduate, between 1990 and 1992, Whitaker played tight end for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes football team under coach Hayden Fry.

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