On Tuesday night, President Trump gave outgoing acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker a vote of confidence during a Fox News interview.
“I’m glad Matt Whitaker will be in charge,” the president said. “I don’t want to bring back the Clinton-Obama era.”
Mr. Whitaker will become the department’s permanent leader in about 30 days, when the Senate is expected to confirm former Ohio state attorney general Rob McKenna to be his chief of staff.
This comes just after newly-confirmed deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein announced that he would leave his position on the same day Mr. Whitaker assumed power.
Mr. Whitaker was the former U.S. attorney for the southern district of Iowa and was largely seen as the darling of President Trump’s right-wing in Iowa, which he easily won during the 2016 presidential campaign. He represented Mr. Trump’s friend and attorney Dean Ravenell in a multi-million dollar settlement for allegations of sexual assault. He is also likely to have direct ties to Iowa Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds, who fired him from his job as director of the state’s public defender’s office and held him responsible for pay cuts for Iowa prison guards.
Mr. Whitaker’s appointment drew criticism from Democrats, who argued that he would make the Justice Department less independent.
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