Trump fired Jeff Sessions the morning after the midterm elections and appointed lawyer Matthew Whitaker as acting United States Attorney General. Whitaker has a long history of sucking up to Trump and saying Mueller's Trump/Russia investigation must be stopped. Quartz has assembled a list of the times Whitaker has been critical of the investigation and of Mueller.
Here are a few quotes from Whitaker's op-eds, tweets, and media appearances:
- "Hollow calls for independent prosecutors are just craven attempts to score cheap political points and serve the public in no measurable way."
- "there is no criminal obstruction of justice charge to be had here [against Trump]."
- "I could see a scenario where Jeff Sessions is replaced, it would [be a] recess appointment and that attorney general doesn't fire Bob Mueller but he just reduces his budget to so low that his investigations grinds to almost a halt."
- "Note to Trump's lawyer: Do not cooperate with Mueller lynch mob"
— Matt Whitaker ?? (@MattWhitaker46) August 7, 2017