The new Acting Attorney General brings new command to the Justice Department.
Well, that didn’t take long. Less than 24 hours after the midterm election, President Trump has requested and accepted Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ resignation. By his unnecessary and silly recusal from all things Russian, Sessions had gelded himself and left supervision of the Justice Department’s most important investigative matters to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who, in turn, appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller to conduct a thoroughly illegal counterintelligence investigation of the president. Up to today, Rosenstein has supervised the Mueller investigation. That is about to end.
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has threatened that “It would create a constitutional crisis if this was a prelude to ending or greatly limiting the Mueller investigation, and I hope President Trump and those he listens to will refrain from that.” This might be a more convincing threat if (a) the incoming Democrat House majority hadn’t already made clear that they intend to do all within their power to attack, undermine, destroy and — with or without cause — impeach the president, and (b) the president didn’t have a solid incoming Senate Republican majority to protect him from Schumer’s threatened “constitutional crisis.”
With the midterms out of the way, the soon-to-be Impeached Man Walking might as well nominate someone who will at long last take complete control of the DOJ and bring it under the constitutional authority of the duly elected president.
The incoming Senate Republican majority — augmented by senators who owe their political success to the president — can be expected to readily confirm the president’s nominee to replace Sessions.
For now, Sessions’ chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, has been sworn in as Acting Attorney General. Whitaker, it turns out, is an interesting guy.
In August 2016, Whitaker, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa and member of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, was interviewed on SiriusXM Radio by Breitbart Daily News host Matt Boyle regarding the preferential treatment accorded by Hillary Clinton’s State Department to Clinton Foundation donors. Whitaker told Boyle that “this pay-to-play Clinton Foundation, State Department situation is much more serious” than the Clinton email scandal that had been the subject of a fake investigation by James Comey’s FBI.
Quoth Whitaker: ”James Comey, the Director of the FBI, stood up and talked about the emails and the emailing of classified information. That was serious, but the real ballgame is the situation you’re describing, and that is where Clinton Foundation donors were given preferential treatment, by Hillary Clinton’s State Department.”
“It’s very interesting,” he said, “to watch the Clinton camp try to explain away these meetings. But, like you said, 50 percent of the meetings she took with people that were not essentially employees or representatives of countries or the like, just sort of individuals that wanted to meet with the Secretary of State, 50 percent of those — as the AP has reported more than 50 percent — were Clinton Foundation donors.
“It is not possible for them to explain away that Clinton Foundation donors were given preferential treatment when it came to seeing the Secretary of State. It’s just the way business was done,” Whitaker declared.
“The frustrating thing for me continues to be, she had the private email server to avoid public disclosure of her emails. She didn’t turn over any emails until two years after she was supposed to, in 2012, from the illegal server. And yet, we are now almost four years since she finished serving, and we’re still gonna see another 15,000 — what the State Department is calling ‘documents,’ and that’s a very interesting term to me, so I think there’s more to it than just the emails.”
“And then Judicial Watch continues to have their litigation with the State Department, and we continue to have revelations of more emails, that are really, quite frankly, more concerning than the initial flood that we got, that dripped out over the past year as part of the Benghazi investigation,” he said. “This is kind of a big deal, and my group, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, has been pressing hard on the State Department to try to get to the bottom of this, together with groups like Judicial Watch.”
With the 2016 presidential election approaching, Whitaker said that then President Obama “has given a full-throated endorsement of Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton has also said that she would more than likely keep on the Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, in that position,” he noted. “Don’t forget the tarmac meeting, for half an hour, that preceded all of these things being swept under the rug, the FBI director deciding that he was the judge, jury, and executioner in giving Hillary Clinton, essentially, an FBI pardon.”
“We need somebody that is independent to look at these facts,” he stated. ”Based on what I’ve seen, that’s in the public domain currently, I think there’s enough to have a special prosecutor that can look into this, that can have the ability to subpoena documents and interview witnesses and do the kind of things and have the independence separate from this [Obama] administration.”
He called for then Attorney General Loretta Lynch to appoint a special counsel to investigate Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.
Whitaker added, “I’ve always thought the Clinton Foundation is a very sophisticated way to get around the campaign finance laws and to allow for unlimited donations and an ability to curry favor with a presidential candidate that, quite frankly, is unprecedented in the history of our country — where they can take more than the $2,700 that’s the limit on individuals and use it for sort of whatever they want; that’s plausible within the charitable contribution laws.”
Whitaker’s interview is certainly reassuring. It indicates that, while the president searches for a full time replacement for Sessions, the DOJ is at long last being presided over by someone who has a solid grasp and clear understanding of the need for a criminal investigation of the Clinton Foundation. This is just the right kind of administrator to oversee the efforts of Robert Mueller and his band of Hillary Clinton sycophants.
And this is just the beginning. With Sessions gone, all good things become possible at the DOJ. Or, as they call out during Mardi Gras in New Orleans, “Laissez le bon temps rouler!”
Matthew Whitaker with the departing Jeff Sessions yesterday (YouTube screenshot)