The USA Today Editorial Board is convinced Matthew Whitaker is not attorney general material. The board cited several reasons for questioning Whitaker’s “moral compass”: his belief that judges should have a “biblical view of justice,” his dealings with a Florida patent company that received a complaint from the FTC, and his outspoken negative views on Robert Mueller’s Russia Probe were all reasons mentioned.
- Should Whitaker recuse himself from the Russia probe?
- Was Whitaker an unorthodox choice for acting attorney general?
The more we learn about Matthew Whitaker, the less he looks like general attorney material or even general attorney.
From the moment Whitaker was taped last week to replace Jeff Sessions, who was forced out, his chief qualification seemed to be open hostility to the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election by Special Counsel Robert Mueller ‘” a view shared by President Donald Trump.
In his new position, Whitaker oversees the investigation whose completion is critical to the nation. It’s unclear whether his appointment was even constitutional, or how long he’ll serve in the post. But even one day is too many. In addition to his skepticism about Mueller’s inquiry, Whitaker has repeatedly shown he lacks the ethical compass and respect for the rule of law that’s the most basic qualification to lead the nation’s premier law enforcement agency:
► He has said there was nothing wrong with top Trump campaign officials, including Donald Trump Jr., meeting with Russians who claimed to have dirt on Hillary Clinton. “You would always take that meeting,” Whitaker told CNN last year. Really? Common sense and patriotism suggest that in the middle of a presidential campaign, you don’t take a meeting with Russians bearing dirt. You call the FBI.
· He claimed that it wasn’t a problem last year when Trump, who sounded more like a mob boss than a president, sought fealty from then-FBI director James Comey and asked him to get easy on Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and then fired Comey.