Matthew Whitaker

Matthew George Whitaker (born October 29, 1969) is an American lawyer and politician, who served as the Acting United States Attorney General from 2018 to 2019. He was appointed by President Donald Trump on November 7, 2018, after Jeff Sessions resigned at Trump's request. Whitaker previously served as Chief of Staff to Sessions from September 2017 to November 2018. Trump announced his nomination of William Barr for Attorney General on December 7, 2018, leaving Whitaker's future at the Department of Justice in doubt. On February 15, 2019, after Barr was sworn in on the previous day, Whitaker became a senior counselor in the Office of the Associate Attorney General.

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Matthew Whitaker
Senior Counselor to the United States Associate Attorney General
Assumed office
February 15, 2019
LeaderJesse Panuccio
Attorney GeneralWilliam Barr
Preceded byRachel Bissex
Acting United States Attorney General
In office
November 7, 2018  February 14, 2019
PresidentDonald Trump
DeputyRod Rosenstein
Preceded byJeff Sessions
Succeeded byWilliam Barr
Chief of Staff to the United States Attorney General
In office
September 22, 2017  November 7, 2018
Attorney GeneralJeff Sessions
Preceded byJody Hunt
Succeeded byGary Barnett
United States Attorney for the
Southern District of Iowa
In office
June 15, 2004  November 25, 2009
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded byStephen Patrick O'Meara
Succeeded byNicholas A. Klinefeldt
Personal details
Born
Matthew George Whitaker

(1969-10-29) October 29, 1969 (age 49)
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of Iowa (BA, JD, MBA)

Matthew George Whitaker (born October 29, 1969) is an American lawyer and politician, who served as the Acting United States Attorney General from 2018 to 2019. He was appointed by President Donald Trump on November 7, 2018, after Jeff Sessions resigned at Trump's request.[1] Whitaker previously served as Chief of Staff to Sessions from September 2017 to November 2018.[2] Trump announced his nomination of William Barr for Attorney General on December 7, 2018, leaving Whitaker's future at the Department of Justice in doubt.[3] On February 15, 2019, after Barr was sworn in on the previous day, Whitaker became a senior counselor in the Office of the Associate Attorney General.[4]

In 2002, Whitaker was the candidate of the Republican Party for Treasurer of Iowa. From 2004 to 2009 he served as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa. Whitaker ran in the 2014 Iowa Republican primary for the United States Senate. He later wrote opinion pieces and appeared on talk-radio shows and cable news as the director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), a conservative advocacy group. He was also involved with World Patent Marketing, which was fined $26 million and shut down by the Federal Trade Commission in 2017 for deceiving consumers.[5][6]

The legality of Whitaker's appointment as Acting U.S. Attorney General was unsuccessfully challenged in multiple lawsuits.[7] Legal scholars, commentators, and politicians have questioned the legality and constitutionality of his appointment, arguing that his selection circumvented Senate confirmation.[8] Some also called for Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing the Special Counsel investigation because of potential conflicts of interest.[9][10][11] The Supreme Court denied a petition challenging the appointment in January 2019.[12]

Early life and education

Matthew George Whitaker was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on October 29, 1969. His mother was a schoolteacher and his father a car salesman. Whitaker graduated from Ankeny High School and attended the University of Iowa, from which he graduated with a bachelor's degree in communications, a Master of Business Administration, and a law degree in 1995.[13]

During his undergraduate years, Whitaker played tight end for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes football team between 1990 and 1992, appearing in Iowa's Rose Bowl game in 1991.[14] Throughout his career, Whitaker claimed that he was an Academic All-American in college. A December 2018 investigation by the Wall Street Journal found that Whitaker's claim was incorrect: he was the 1992 GTE District VII Academic All-District selection. A spokeswoman for CoSIDA said CoSIDA was less formally organized in the 1990s and “We know that people over time use terms interchangeably and innocently.”[15]

Career

After graduating from law school, Whitaker worked for a number of regional law firms including Briggs & Morgan (Minneapolis) and Finley Alt Smith (Des Moines). He was also corporate counsel for a national grocery company, SuperValu, and small businessman owning interests in a trailer manufacturing company, a daycare, and a concrete supply company.[16] Whitaker ran as a Republican for Treasurer of Iowa in 2002, losing to incumbent Democrat Michael Fitzgerald by 55% to 43%.[17]

In 2003, Whitaker founded Buy the Yard Concrete, based in Urbandale, Iowa, which did projects as far away as Las Vegas. In 2005, Whitaker was named as a defendant to a collections lawsuit in Nevada for $12,000 in unpaid invoices for supplies and equipment rentals related to a concrete project in Las Vegas. The lawsuit was settled out of court.[18]

United States Attorney

Whitaker's U.S. Attorney portrait

On June 15, 2004, Whitaker was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa by President George W. Bush. The appointment was at the recommendation of Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, in spite of Whitaker's minimal relevant legal experience.[19]

From 2005 to 2007, Whitaker was responsible for the unsuccessful investigation and prosecution of Iowa State Sen. Matt McCoy on charges of attempting to extort $2,000.[20] A columnist for the Des Moines Register said that the case "... was based on the word of a man former associates depicted as a drug user, a deadbeat and an abuser of women; a man so shady even his Alcoholics Anonymous sponsors called him 'a pathological liar.'"[21][22] The jury took less than two hours to return a verdict of "not guilty".[23][24]

As U.S. Attorney, Whitaker sought unusually stringent sentences for individuals accused of drug crimes. One of the cases involved a non-violent drug offender who was given the option by Whitaker's office of being prosecuted with the chance of spending the rest of her life in jail or accept a plea deal of 21 to 27 years in prison. Federal Judge Robert W. Pratt later said the prosecutors in the case had "misused" their authority and urged President Obama (who had then become president) to grant the non-violent drug offender clemency; President Obama commuted her sentence, after she had served 11 years in prison.[25]

Whitaker resigned in November 2009 following the Senate confirmation of his replacement, Nicholas A. Klinefeldt, who was nominated by President Obama.[14][26]

Private practice and political activities

From 2009 to 2017, Whitaker was a managing partner of the small general practice law firm Whitaker Hagenow & Gustoff LLP (now Hagenow & Gustoff LLP) in Des Moines, Iowa.[27] In 2011 Whitaker co-founded Whitaker Strategy Group, an Iowan lobbying and consulting firm that promoted business and job growth in Iowa.[28]

During the 2012 presidential campaign, Whitaker was Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty's co-chairman in Iowa, and then state co-chairman for Texas governor Rick Perry.[29]

Whitaker was a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2014 United States Senate election in Iowa, a seat being vacated by Democrat Tom Harkin. He came in fourth in the Republican primary, with 11,909 votes (7.54%). The nomination was won by Joni Ernst, who went on to win the general election.[30]

After losing the Republican primary, Whitaker chaired the campaign of Sam Clovis, another unsuccessful primary candidate who had been selected to run for Iowa State Treasurer.[31] Clovis lost in the November 2014 general election.[32][33][34]

MEM Investment

In 2012, Whitaker and two partners used their company, MEM Investment, to purchase and develop an affordable-housing apartment building in Des Moines.[35] In 2014, the partnership reverted to just Whitaker. By spring of 2016, the company failed to deliver on the contracted renovation, the city terminated the loan agreement, Lincoln Savings Bank declared MEM in default of the $687,000 mortgage, and the property was sold to another developer for completion.[36][37]

World Patent Marketing

In 2014, Whitaker joined the board of World Patent Marketing (WPM) which was a fraudulent invention promotion firm based in Florida that deceived inventors into thinking that the company had successfully commercialized other inventions.[38][39][40] The company contributed to Whitaker's 2014 US Senate campaign,[41] and Whitaker performed almost $17,000 in compensable work for the company between 2014 and 2017.[42] In March 2017, the Federal Trade Commission charged the company with fraudulently deceiving consumers and suppressing complaints through intimidation and the use of gag clauses.[6][40][43] In May 2018, a federal court ordered the company to close and pay a $26 million fine.[44] Many customers suffered significant losses as a result of working with the company,[5][45] and when they tried to recoup their fees, the company used Whitaker's background as a U.S. Attorney to threaten them.

In a 2015 email mentioning his background as a former federal prosecutor, Whitaker told a customer that filing a complaint with the Better Business Bureau or "smearing" the company online could result in "serious civil and criminal consequences."[46][47] 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. He [said he] would have the government shut me down under some homeland security law."[48][49] In 2017, FTC investigators examined whether Whitaker had played any role in making threats of legal action to silence the company's critics. Whitaker rebuffed an FTC subpoena for records in October 2017, shortly after he had joined the Department of Justice.[50]

After Whitaker's appointment in the Department of Justice in September 2017, White House and senior Justice Department officials were surprised to learn of Whitaker's connection to the company.[50] Through a DOJ spokesperson, Whitaker has denied awareness of the company's fraud.[5] The court receiver in the case said he has “no reason to believe that [Whitaker] knew of any of the wrongdoing.”[50] As of November 2018, the FBI was still investigating World Patent Marketing.[51]

Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust

From October 2014 to September 2017, Whitaker was the executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT),[52] and the organization's only full-time employee in 2015 and 2016.[53] FACT, founded in late 2014, is a conservative nonprofit organization specializing in legal and ethical issues related to politics.[54][55] The group was backed by $1 million in seed money from conservative donors, whom Whitaker declined to identify to the media.[56] According to the organization's first tax return, its funding — $600,000 in 2014 — came from a conservative donor-advised fund called DonorsTrust, a pass-through vehicle that allows donors to remain anonymous.[57] From its creation in 2014 through 2018, FACT reported contributions of $3.5 million on its tax filings; as a 501(c)(3) "dark money" group, it did not disclose its donors. The group's largest single expense was Whitaker's salary; Whitaker collected $1.2 million from the group over four years, making it the overwhelming source of his income from 2016 onward.[58]

While Whitaker was the head of FACT, the organization had a special focus on the Hillary Clinton email controversy and perceived favoritism in the business dealings of Clinton.[59] Despite claiming to be nonpartisan, the organization called for ethics investigations into or filed complaints about 46 different Democratic politicians, officials, and organizations, compared to only a few Republicans.[60] FACT has been described as using "the legal system as a political weapon"[61] and characterized, by a GOP operative, as a "chop shop of fake ethics complaints".[62] During this time, Whitaker wrote opinion pieces that appeared in USA Today and the Washington Examiner, and appeared regularly on conservative talk-radio shows and cable news.[63]

CNN contributor

For four months, from June to September 2017, he was a CNN contributor.[64] One month prior to joining the Justice Department, Whitaker wrote an opinion column for CNN titled "Mueller's Investigation of Trump is Going Too Far."[65] He retweeted an article that stated that Mueller's investigation was a "lynch mob", that it should be limited, and that it should not probe into Trump's finances.[66][67]

Trump Administration

Department of Justice Chief of Staff

On September 22, 2017, a Justice Department official announced that Sessions had appointed Whitaker to replace Jody Hunt as his chief of staff.[66][68] 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...."[69]

Acting Attorney General

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.[13][70] The Acting Attorney General directly supervises 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.

U.S. Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Commerce and Federal Bureau of Investigation announces 23 criminal charges against PRC's Huawei and Wanzhou Meng.

In January 2019, Whitaker along with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and FBI Director Christopher A. Wray announced 23 criminal charges (including financial fraud, money laundering, conspiracy to defraud the United States, theft of trade secret technology, provided bonus to workers who stole confidential information from companies around the world, wire fraud, obstruction of justice and sanctions violations) against Chinese tech giant Huawei and its CFO Wanzhou Meng.[71][72][73][74]

Supervision of the Special Counsel investigation

Assistant attorney general and spokesperson Stephen Boyd explained in a letter[75] to the leaders of the Senate that, though a recommendation of Justice Department ethics officials was that he recuse himself from oversight of the Special Counsel, Whitaker would not recuse himself because he did not want to set a precedent for close cases.[76] 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. Republicans Senator Susan Collins, Senator Jeff Flake, and Senator-elect Mitt Romney, also issued statements insisting that Mueller's investigation must remain free from interference.[77]

Legality and constitutionality of the appointment

A number of prominent legal experts, scholars, and former prosecutors and Department of Justice officials have raised concerns over the legality and constitutionality of Whitaker's appointment.[78] 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.[79][80] In defense of the legality of the appointment, University of Texas law professor Stephen Vladeck argued that the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 and the U.S. Supreme Court decision United States v. Eaton allowed the appointment since it was temporary and that Sessions formally resigned.[81] Law professor John Yoo from Berkeley, who served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel in the George W. Bush administration, argued that the Appointments Clause renders the Federal Vacancies Reform Act unconstitutional and that Whitaker's appointment was in violation of that clause.[82] John E. Bies, who served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel in the Obama Administration, has written that legality and constitutionality of Whitaker's appointment is an open question and it has not been answered. Bies also points out that it is a difficult argument to make that Sessions was fired instead of resigning since a court would probably not "look past an official’s formal statement that they resigned".[83]

The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel concluded that the appointment was constitutional due to its temporary nature.[84] The OLC noted that an assistant attorney general who was not confirmed by the senate had been appointed as acting Attorney General in 1866, and that non Senate-confirmed individuals had served as principal officers in an acting capacity over 160 times between 1809 and 1860 and at least nine times during the Trump, Obama, and Bush administrations.[85]

There have been at least nine legal challenges to Whitaker's appointment.[86] Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, representing the State of Maryland, filed for an injunction against Whitaker's appointment.[87] Maryland had previously filed a suit against then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding his inability to defend the Affordable Care Act in court as part of a broader hostility against the Obama-era law from the Trump administration.[88][89][90] Maryland is expected to test the argument in court that Whitaker was unlawfully named acting Attorney General, and thus has no standing in the court or authority to respond to their lawsuit.[91][92] Maryland is also arguing that Whitaker's appointment violates the Constitution, which requires that principal officers of the United States be appointed "with the Advice and Consent of the Senate." Whitaker was not serving in a Senate-confirmed position when he was appointed,[91] so the state is arguing that the role of acting Attorney General rightfully belongs to Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein.[93] A judge has set a hearing for December 19, 2018.[94]

Three Democratic senators—Richard Blumenthal, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Mazie Hirono—filed suit on November 18, 2018, in the DC Circuit Court saying the president violated the Constitution and denied the Senate its right to approve the nomination.[95]

Lawyers for Doug Haning, a former agricultural products executive, filed a motion on November 13, 2018, asking a federal court in St. Louis to rule that Whitaker’s appointment as acting Attorney General is illegal and thus he has no standing to hear the case;[94] South Texas College of Law professor Josh Blackman predicted a flood of similar motions.[94]

Attorney Tom Goldstein, who has argued some 30 cases before the Supreme Court, filed a motion with the Court on November 16, 2018, asking it to decide whether Rod Rosenstein is the statutory and constitutional successor to Sessions, rather than Whitaker.[96][97] The Court denied the petition in January 2019.[98]

Constitutional issues

Whitaker stated in a question-and-answer session during his 2014 Iowa Senatorial campaign that "the courts are supposed to be the inferior branch."[99][100] Whitaker was critical of the United States Supreme Court's decision in Marbury v. Madison (1803), the decision that allows judicial review of the constitutionality of the acts of the other branches of government, and several other Supreme Court holdings. Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe commented on Whitaker's views that "the overall picture he presents would have virtually no scholarly support," and that they would be "'destabilizing' to society if he used the power of the attorney general to advance them."[99]

Whitaker also stated during his 2014 Senate bid that he would not support "secular" judges and that judges should "have a biblical view of justice." Asked if he meant Levitical or New Testament justice, he replied "I’m a New Testament."[101] Whitaker's answer has been interpreted by various individuals and groups, including the Anti-Defamation League, to imply that he would disqualify non-Christian judges, and were condemned as unconstitutional. An ADL spokesperson said, “The notion that non-Christian judges are disqualified from service is patently wrong, and completely inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution, which explicitly bars any religious test for public office."[102]

Whitaker stated in 2013 he supports the right of states to nullify federal laws.[103] Stephen Vladeck, a University of Texas law professor, stated that Whitaker's views on nullification are "irreconcilable not only with the structure of the Constitution, but with its text, especially the text of the Supremacy Clause," and added that "For someone who holds those views to be the nation's chief law enforcement officer, even temporarily, is more than a little terrifying."[103]

Criticisms of 2017 Special Counsel investigation

During the months prior to joining the Justice Department as Jeff Sessions' chief of staff in September 2017, Whitaker made several statements critical of the Mueller investigation, of which he assumed oversight responsibility upon being appointed Acting Attorney General in November 2018. By July 2017, the Trump White House was interviewing Whitaker to join the Trump legal team.[104] During a six-month span in 2017, Whitaker insisted that there was no obstruction of justice or collusion and criticized the initial appointment of the special counsel. He also called the probe "political"[105] and "the left is trying to sow this theory that essentially Russians interfered with the U.S. election, which has been proven false.”[106] He also published an op-ed titled, "Mueller's Investigation of Trump Is Going Too Far"[107] in which he expressed skepticism about the investigation generally and called the appointment of Mueller "ridiculous."[106] Through social media, he also promoted an article that referred to the investigation as a "lynch mob."[66][107][108]

Relationship with President Donald Trump

Trump saw Whitaker's supportive commentaries on CNN in the summer of 2017, and in July White House counsel Don McGahn interviewed Whitaker to join Trump's legal team as an "attack dog" against Robert Mueller, who was heading the Special Counsel investigation. Trump associates believe Whitaker was later hired to limit the fallout of the investigation, including by reining in any Mueller report and preventing Trump from being subpoenaed.[104] 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.[109]

In 2017 Whitaker provided private advice to Trump on how the White House might pressure the Justice Department to investigate the president's adversaries, including appointing a special counsel to investigate the FBI and Hillary Clinton.[110]

Leonard Leo of the Federalist Society recommended Whitaker to McGahn as chief of staff for Sessions, and Whitaker was installed into that role at the direction of the White House. Sessions, it is reported, did not realize for a year that Whitaker wanted to replace him.[111]

By early September 2018, Whitaker was on the short list of President Trump's White House staff as the replacement for Don McGahn as the White House Counsel.[112][113]

In September 2018, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly referred to Whitaker as the White House's "eyes and ears" in the Justice Department, which the president considered himself at war with.[114]

Trump had spoken with Whitaker in September 2018 about potentially assuming Sessions's role as Attorney General, although it was not clear whether Whitaker would take over on an interim basis or be nominated in a more permanent capacity.[115] At that time, The New York Times described Whitaker as a Trump loyalist who had frequently visited the Oval Office and as having "an easy chemistry" with Trump.[114] 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.[107]

Trump repeatedly stated on November 9, "I don't know Matt Whitaker," contradicting remarks a month prior on Fox & Friends when he said, "I can tell you Matt Whitaker’s a great guy. I mean, I know Matt Whitaker."[116][117][118] The president met with Whitaker at least ten times and frequently talked to him on the phone, and according to a former and a current administration official, Whitaker advised Trump in private on how to potentially pressure the Justice Department into investigating Trump's adversaries.[110]

Other policy issues

Whitaker's website previously stated that he was a "Christian who regularly attends church with his family, Matt has built a life on hard work and free enterprise"; and he stated in 2014 that “life begins at conception.”[21][99][119] In 2014 he advocated for reducing the influence of the government saying, "I know that the government forcing people to violate their faith must never be tolerated. In the Senate, I will be a steadfast protector of every American's religious rights."[120] Whitaker claimed he was not a "climate change denier" but said that the evidence is "inconclusive” and indicated he did not support regulations on carbon emissions.[99]

He has expressed a desire to get rid of family reunification and is against amnesty for illegal immigrants.[99] Whitaker argued in 2014 that expressing homophobic comments was a legitimate expression of religious beliefs that should be considered protected speech, saying, “I just really think this case is a prime example of where religious freedom in our country is under assault and we need to send a strong message.”[121] Whitaker supported repealing the Affordable Care Act in his 2014 Senate campaign.[107]

Personal life

Whitaker has three children with his wife, Marci, a civil engineer.[122] He identifies as a Lutheran.

Electoral history

2002 Iowa State Treasurer

General election results[123]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Michael Fitzgerald 534,714 54.77%
Republican Matthew Whitaker 421,574 43.18%
Libertarian Tim Hird 19,687 2.02%
Republican Write-ins 344 0.04%
Total votes 976,319 100.00%

2014 U.S. Senator for Iowa

Republican primary results[124]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joni Ernst 88,535 56.12%
Republican Sam Clovis 28,418 18.01%
Republican Mark Jacobs 26,523 16.81%
Republican Matthew Whitaker 11,884 7.53%
Republican Scott Schaben 2,233 1.42%
Republican Write-ins 155 0.10%
Total votes 157,748 100.00%

See also

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