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Matt Whitaker, Representative Collins And Michael Cohen discussed on KYW 24 Hour News
"In Washington. Former attorney general Matt Whitaker went behind closed doors yesterday with the leaders of the Senate Judiciary committee. But what he said pretty much depends on who you ask Whitaker who refused to answer many questions in open session last month spoke today to chairman, Jerry Nadler of New York and ranking Republican Doug Collins of Georgia Adler says one of his big takeaways, unlike in the hearing room, Mr.. Did not deny the president called into discuss. Michael cohen. The Michael Cohen case Representative Collins
Former Acting AG Matt Whitaker leaves Justice Department
"KRLD. Former acting US attorney general Matthew Whitaker has left the Justice department. What occur had joined the department and the fall of twenty seventeen and was named the acting attorney general by. President Trump after he fired Jeff Sessions Whitaker had been reassigned. From the department's top position after attorney general. William bar was sworn in Whitaker had been serving as a senior counselor before he left the
Matt Whitaker, Justice Department And Attorney discussed on Mark Mason
"News confirmed. Former acting attorney. Matt Whitaker is leaving the Justice department. A Justice department spokesperson says Whitaker's last day was Saturday. But did not expand on the circumstances surrounding his departure or his
Trump's best outcome from Mueller report? Severe political damage
"There are indications that Russia's special counsel Robert Muller could hand in his report on the Russia investigation as soon as next week. The few hints to suggest mothers work is finally winding down for acting attorney general Matt Whitaker told reporters he believes the investigation was close to being completed. Team has been partnering with US attorneys offices on newer cases, a sign that a hand off to regular prosecutors is in the works. Sources say expect report to come before the attorney general rod Rosenstein departs sometime in mid March
Trump reportedly wanted loyalist to oversee Cohen probe
"The president is denying a New York Times report that he s then attack acting attorney general Matt Whitaker if he could replace the prosecutor investigating Michael Cohen with someone seen as friendly to the administration, and he'd rather really recused himself from the lower case over a routine conflict of interest issue ABC's. Karen Travers is at the White House. Trump continues to push back on a report in the New York Times that says he asked his former acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker to intervene in the investigation into hush money payments bay by Mr. Trump's former personal Turney Michael Cohen the president writing on Twitter Wednesday morning quote. The New York Times reporting is false times reports that late last year. The president asked Whitaker to appoint a potentially sympathetic US attorney to oversee that
Trump Says He Didn't Ask Whitaker to Change Hush-Money Probe
"Trump is rejecting a new report about him allegedly asking former acting attorney general Matt Whitaker if a change could be made in the investigation of Michael Cohen at the White House on Tuesday, Trump called it fake news. More fake news fake. There's a lot of fake news out there. The New York Times says Trump asked Whitaker if he could put US attorney Jeffrey Berman in charge of the Coen probe Berman is a Trump ally. Who runs the southern district of New York, but he had recused himself from the Cohen
Donald Trump denies NYT report he tried to interfere in Michael Cohen probe
"That President Trump tried to interfere in the federal investigation of his former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen. The president is now denying New York Times story that he asked then acting attorney general Matt Whitaker to put a Trump supporter in charge of the pro supporter. US attorney Jeffrey Berman had already recused himself from the investigation. And the times reports the president soured on Winokur when he was unable to make this happen. Auspey congressman Roque of the oversight committee and our correspondents analysts have full coverage of the day's top stories us, go straight to our White House. Correspondent Caitlyn Collins. Caitlyn take us through this truly remarkable report alleging that the president tried to influence the Michael Cohen investigation. Yeah. Wolf if you're starting to sense of pattern here. I'm not sure anyone can blame you an explosive report in the New York Times that claims that the president asked then acting attorney general mad. Whitaker to reach out to the US attorney in the southern district of New York and try to get him to unrequir- himself from overseeing that investigation into Michael Cohen hush money payments to women an investigation that is tied to the president. And this report wolf that the president today denied. Stunning report in the New York Times, claiming President Trump asked then acting attorney general Matt Whitaker to put someone who is supported Trump in charge of investigating hush payments made by his former fixer Michael Cohen. I think he's done a great job. Bombshell. Trump to nine today. No. Gave you that us. More fake news. A lot of a lot of fake fake news out there. No, I did the person Trump wanted in the job US attorney for the southern district of New York. Jeffrey Berman had ardor himself from overseeing the pro according to the times it's unclear how Whitaker responded, and there's no evidence he took steps to intervene despite telling us OC, it's that he knew part of his job was to jump on a grenade for the president still Whitaker remarked that the New York prosecutors required adult supervision, according to the times while Berman is recused from this probe. He has not recused from another that could touch Trump one looking into the president's inaugural committee the times adding Trump soured on Whitaker after his inability to make the change and he has since been replaced by Bill bar, but Whitaker could be facing bigger problems. He recently told a congressional committee under oath that the president had never pressured him regarding any. Investigations at no time has the White House. Ask for nor have I provided any promises or commitments concerning the special counsel's investigation or any other investigation. Whitaker is now under scrutiny by house. Democrats. Potential perjury today at DOJ spokesperson said he stands by his testimony and Trump is standing by him to very very straight shooter. I watched him during the hearing some of it. I thought he was exceptional since Trump told advisors deputy attorney general rod Rosenstein, assured him the Cohen investigation had nothing to do with him. The New York Times reports he has since wondered if Rosenstein was deliberately misleading him to keep him calm. The extensive report is also claiming Trump's told advisers and February twenty seventeen they should say he asked for Michael Flynn's resignation because quote that sounds better pressed by Sean Spicer, if it was true Trump reportedly. Responded say that say that I asked for his resignation, according to the times White House lawyers were so concerned about what Spicer said from the briefing room podium that they compiled an entire memo laying out his misstatements the White House counsel reviewed and determined that. There is not an illegal issue. But rather a trust issue. The report coming amid headlines that former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe who was fired last spring briefed congressional leadership about the counterintelligence investigation. He launched into President Trump purpose of the briefing was to let our congressional leadership know exactly what we've been doing opening a case of this nature. Not something that an FBI director, not something that acting FBI director do by yourself, right? And that no one raised concern congress, and I told congress what we had done anyone object. That's the important part here. So that no one of Jack not on legal grounds, not on constitutional grounds. And not based on the facts. Now wolf the times also notes the president has had private conversations with Republican lawmakers about a campaign to attack the Muller probe something he's done over eleven hundred times and could very well serve as a public relations strategy in addition to a legal one will developments. Indeed, art, Caitlyn facts very much. Let's bring in our Justice reporter Laura Jarrett, and our chief legal analyst Jeffrey to then the Lord is President Trump's alleged request of Winokur to replace the person leading the cone investigation of struck to what some are suggesting could be obstruction of Justice the legal question in this case as always what was the president's intent if he wanted to have Berman on the case because he thought he was a better lawyer. And he thought that the US attorney zombie was not doing a good job that might be legitimate. But if he wants Berman on the case because he thinks he's going to protect him. Somehow, that's where we tread into the land of whether he's doing it for corrupt reasons and where obstruction could come into play. But the other point is that the New York Times lays out more. More than just the fact that he wanted Berman on the case, they lay out a month long campaign of trying to undermine the Muller probe. And
Jeff Berman, President Trump And Acting Attorney General discussed on Tom Sullivan
"President Trump denies trying to influence an investigation into his campaign faced about hush payments to Trump called it fake news that he asked then acting attorney general Matt Whitaker to put a different prosecutor in charge of the investigation into payments to stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal made by Michael Cohen. The New York Times reports the president wanted Jeff Berman the US attorney for the southern district of New York to lead the case. Even though Berman had recused himself Berman has not recused
Trump denies asking ex-acting AG about hush-money probe
"President Trump denying a report in the New York Times that he tried to interfere with the Michael Cohen investigation. The time said that late last year, the president asked acting attorney general Matt Whitaker to put US attorney Jeffrey Berman in charge of the investigation into the hush money paid to a playboy model and a porn star. Who said they had affairs with Donald Trump Berman had recused himself from the probe. And the time says Whitaker told the president it would not be possible. We'll times reporter Mark mazzetti says this could open Whitaker up to perjury charges after denying any White House interference. When he tested. Five before congress lot of his questioning about conversations he had you the president doubt different investigations going on one of them being the Muller investigation. And of course, there's the southern district investigation. Whitacre city had been pressured as we say in the story house, investigators are examining whatever Whitaker's homage and investigating whether he might have committed perjury pull the times report, meantime, says the president soured on Whitaker because he could not put Berman
Whitaker gives fiery testimony on Capitol Hill
"Matthew Whitaker is likely to be out of that job next week. The US Senate is expected to confirm his successor William bar within a few days, but they certainly made an impression on Democrats on his way out of the door yesterday. NPR's national Justice correspondent Carrie Johnson joins us carry. Thanks so much for being with us. My pleasure. Democrats on the committee had a lot of questions for Matthew Whitaker, the Russia investigation other things to how did he handle Diddy? Well, Scott, how do you say? So so get it. We are. I know what you mean. Okay. Whitaker got bombarded with questions about the Russia investigation. Here's what he had to say. We have followed the special counsel's regulations to a T. There has been no event no decision. That is required me to take any action. And I have not interfered in any way with the special counsel's investigation. Now. Matt Whitaker said this probe is going to be over when the special counsel. Bob Muller says it's over, but he refused to say the special counsel was not engaged in a witch hunt. He also refused to answer questions about whether he's talk with President Trump about a separate campaign finance investigation in New York. That's the one where Trump's former fixer Michael Cohen has pleaded guilty and implicated the president. Now, carry you've covered a lot of congressional hearings over the years all jokes aside, a lot of them could be sleep aids. This one was not right. This was notable for its fire. Very notable. This is the first chance that Democrats in the US house got conduct oversight of the Justice department. They were determined to make the most of it problem is this witness met Whitaker was ready to
Whitaker tells lawmakers he hasn’t talked to Trump about Mueller’s investigation
"News. Keep your hands off the Muller investigation democratic congressman came Jeffries, telling acting attorney general Matt Whitaker that he should remain neutral on the nearly two year old Russian investigation. Wigger expected to be replaced by nominee Bill bar next week and says he believes Muller is doing everything by the book. I haven't been on the record about my respect for Bob Mueller and his ability to conduct this investigation and Whitaker's saying neither he nor the president has pressured the special counsel to end this is going to finish his investigation when he wants to finish this investigation conversations with President Trump about an investigation that may center on the president liquor wouldn't
Whitaker testifies he hasn't talked about Mueller probe with Trump
"Acting attorney general Matt Whitaker was called to testify today by Democrats on the House Judiciary committee who grilled him on his oversight of special counsel. Robert Muller's Russia investigation, Whitaker said the White House has never asked nor has he provided any promises or commitments concerning the Mueller probe and he had this response to democr-. Chairman Jerry Nadler who continued to press him over whether he had discussed the investigation with President Trump. Have you ever been asked to approve any request their action to be taken by the special counsel? Mr Chairman, I see that. You're five minutes is up. And so.
Matt Whitaker, Acting Attorney General And Robert Mueller discussed on News and Perspective with Taylor Van Cise
"Lowered and acting attorney general Matt Whitaker says he hasn't discussed the Muller probe with the president today. During a house hearing Whitaker insisted he has attempted to thwart special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation in any way, Whitaker overseeing the probe after taking over the Justice department in November
Acting AG Matt Whitaker faces House Judiciary Committee today
"Acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker's to appear before the House Judiciary committee this morning that panels expected to ask Whitaker if he shared any briefings that he had on the special counsel Russia investigation with anyone in the White House.
Acting US Attorney General Whitaker will testify before House panel on Friday
"Rights acting attorney general Matt Whitaker will testify tomorrow before the House Judiciary committee despite a dust up over whether he would be subpoenaed. The committee has many questions about Whitaker's oversight. The Russia probe and his conversations with President Trump Whitaker had said he would appear voluntarily but after the threat of a subpoena. He changed his mind. And now, it appears he
"matt whitaker" Discussed on KCBS All News
"General Matt Whitaker. The man will receive the Russia investigation said today that he has been fully briefed on the probe and the end is in sight investigation is close to being completed, and I hope that we can get the report from director Muller soon as we as possible. The comments came just days after special counsel, Robert Muller, charged Roger stone. The president's friend of forty years and former campaign adviser with seven counts of lying obstruction and witness tampering. Bad day. Stone was confident today is he arrived in Washington for his arraignment. The only strikes. I look good in pinstripes over the weekend. Stone left the door open to working with investigators. If there's wrongdoing by other people in the campaign that I know about which I know of none. But if there is I would certainly testify honestly. But in an interview with CBS news stone said that he would not flip on President Trump. I have been very clear about the fact. That I cannot and will not implicate the president because I would have to perjure myself in some way to do. So stones indictment alleges that he was in contact with several Trump campaign officials about WikiLeaks release of hack democratic emails. Scott Fredrick center. Former independent counsel says the president should be worried. The tantalizing question in this indictment is whether it was the president who directed a senior campaign fischel to be in contact with Mr. stone about whether there's going to be more of the Russian hacked emails from the Democratic Party today. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders denied the president's involvement, the more that this goes on the more and more. We see that. None of these things have anything to do with the president. And again, a reminder, you can see the CBS evening news in its entirety beginning at six thirty non KPI expert TV KCBS news time, three thirty seven. We're going to get to traffic.
"matt whitaker" Discussed on WCBM 680 AM
"Make no mistake. American reindeer, great American again. This is the Buck Sexton show. Former CIA analysts remember. Is Buck Sexton. We've continued to manage the investigation as we have in the past and it's been handled appropriately Muller. Rod Rosenstein or Medicare Bill bar investigations coming to be handled. Appropriately Justice investigation is being conducted in accordance with the department. Regulation. And nothing anybody says is going to affect that. So I believe that that investigation is being handled appropriately under the existing department regulations. So there's all this consternation now from the left that was Rosenstein, they're talking about this the DOJ about Bill bar about Matt Whitaker. Let's break this down because they they show who they really are in this process. We get a real understanding of the liberal mentality throughout all of this because they're not be. I mean, they're not honest players in this, and they don't have any consistency. There's no principal on display. Let me explain. Let's start with Matt Whitaker. Okay. Whitaker was is the acting attorney general and the big problem. They have with him is that as we all know, the Muller probe just grinds on continues to be a. Dark cloud hanging over the Trump administration bankrupting people prosecuting people for trivial crimes pretending that crimes that have never been prosecuted or rarely prosecuted or all of a sudden huge deals because of Trump the selective prosecution. That's been on display in the last two years has been insidious. This is the most clear period in my memory that we've seen that the left operates with a double standard of Justice that anytime a Republican Ken have the law used against him by those within the government bureaucracy, it somehow happens and on the other side with Democrats. They always get the benefit of the doubt or they just get a get out of jail free card. I mean, the case of Hillary it's a get out of jail free card, but with Whittaker they're very upset because he had said in in private life. He had been critical of the Muller probe. And it said that it would be possible to g funded. They were saying, oh, this is terrible. Now, Trump unlike all the presidents before him Trump would not be allowed to have a an acting cabinet level official while he while he got a new one in place because they were just essentially changing the rules. All of a sudden, you can only have somebody who already had a advise and consent of the Senate in that role. It just it just didn't make any sense, you motorcyle kind of fell away. And now looks like Whitaker is in fact, going to be the act is the acting attorney general and they've got this guy. Does he bought Bill bar said Babur Bill Barr who is slated to be the next turn general now feel bar is a guy that when Trump nominated him? And this is why you have all this. This anger coming out of lives late in the game here when Trump nominated him it was like, okay. Well, you know, he had been the attorney general under the Bush Adleman under a previous Bush administration. And he is a very well respected guy in terms of his is ethics jurisprudence. And he's just a guy who the establishment could not tear apart. Okay. He's a guy that the establishment was not in a role, and the Democrats could not credibly point to and say that he's he some sort of from outlier because he had served successfully. In the in the Bush administration. So this is a guy who there's nothing they can say about him that does not show what their true feelings are which is that they they know this. I mean deep down where they say it out loud or not they know that Muller is a weapon against Trump that Muller's top people Weisman and others they are weapons against Trump. And this is the most effective opposition they could muster against Trump. It's not it's not at the ballot box. You know, they couldn't take the Senate in the midterms. It's it's it's not going to be I think at the bell box even in twenty twenty..
Justice Dept: Whitaker will not recuse himself from Russia probe
"Justice department is speaking out regarding acting attorney general Matt Whitaker, USA radio networks. Timberg has details. Acting attorney general Matt Whitaker does not have to recuse himself from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation deputy attorney general rod Rosenstein from the Justice department. We've continued to manage the investigation as we have in the past. It's been handled perfect. Rosenstein, Whitaker, they'll bar investigations going to be handled appropriately by the department of Justice.
"matt whitaker" Discussed on WCBS Newsradio 880
"Pam Coulter. The White House declined to comment today on the postponed. Sentencing of former national security adviser, Michael Flynn CBS's. Steven Portnoy says Flynn went into today's court hearing with the prosecutor's recommendation of little or no jail time. The dizzying ninety minute preceding began with judge Emmet Sullivan repeatedly offering Michael Flynn the opportunity to withdraw his guilty. Plea Sullivan said he was concerned to learn about the circumstances of Flynn's FBI interview at the White House with his lawyers by his side, Flint firmly agreed to move forward. But he changed his mind. When the judge showed how seriously he views the offense of lying to FBI agents inside the west wing at one point the judge suggested Flinn has sold his country out and undermines the flag. The kids have county sheriff says the damage is catastrophic after an apparent tornado touchdown in port orchard wa. Washington. Residents were warned to stay out of the area because of downed power lines. And while gas companies check their lines for leaks. One of the best lines in the movies. Crying in baseball in a league of their own directed by penny. Marshall who's died at age seventy-five, film, critic and historian Leonard Maltin penny Marshall was making her movie starting in the late nineteen eighties nineties. She was one of very very few women of note making major Hollywood movie. The Trump administration has banned so-called bump stock rule bans. The devices used by the gunman in the Las Vegas shooting in October of last year when he killed fifty eight people and injured hundreds more acting attorney general Matt Whitaker. We.
"matt whitaker" Discussed on All In with Chris Hayes
"Do some sweet calorie free binging this thanksgiving weekend. It's been fifteen days since election day and Democrats are still winning seats. The latest slip looks like it will be in Utah. Where the Associated Press says democrat, Ben mcadams has beaten Republican incumbent me a love in that state's fourth congressional district. NBC news. I should note has yet to call the race. But if the result remains Democrats will gained thirty nine house seats and get this. They have a shot at picking up one more, although NBC and many others have already called California's twenty first congressional district for Republican David validation late. Counted ballots now show, the democrat TJ Cox is within five hundred votes. Dave washerman of the cook political report something the race up. This way, validation isn't just in jeopardy. He's probably the underdog if if that's he'd flips Democrats are looking at a forty seat pickup, and they have already won the popular vote in the house by nearly nine million votes, the largest margin since Watergate talk about this huge democratic victory. Particularly the highest midterm election turnout. One hundred years, I'm joined by former congresswoman Don Edwards democrat from Maryland. And congressman Ryan Casella Republican from Pennsylvania who did not seek reelection this month. I'm congressman Gus Dell I want to play you a clip from Newt Gingrich in one thousand nine hundred four on what a mandate means after the Republicans won the house and want to house popular votes, slightly smaller than the Democrats this time, take a listen. As a historian every time you've had an election that clear cut the word that has always been used to describe it as a mandate. And if this is not a mandate to move any particular direction. I would like somebody to explain to me what a mandate would look like seems like that applies here. Right. I guess I would probably say I would probably use the word rebuke rather than mandate. I think it was a review on the president because you saw twenty out of twenty four districts where you had a Republican member of congress yet vote for Hillary Clinton you now have three or at best four Republicans remaining. And I just think it was extremely difficult. If not impossible to differentiate yourself and have voters who ticket split vote for you. If they were anti-trump, or if they evolved to being anti-trump over time, the Democrats to be fair, this isn't critical. But in all reality, they didn't campaign on a particular policy agenda in as much as it was a check and balance provide oversight tight, it's of a campaign. He believes that if that's do say that would you say that's a mandate. Here's rebuke. I thought going in that was what it was going to be but having covered that the racist very closely. The it was actually the opposite. Weirdly, I mean in a lot of those races like New York nineteen here or New York eleven or a bunch of other races. The Democrats were campaigning on healthcare and not talking about the president weirdly enough almost extensive. I think people thought was crazy. My quick observation. There would be I think what happened is the electorate was very softened up in being anti-trump. And then in New York, New jersey, and California, they layered the salt deduction in high tax districts that in order to grab a couple of points from Republicans. And then they used the pre existing conditions because of the vote that never became law as another layer Democrats weren't campaigning on a particular policy agenda with healthcare. They wanna make it more accessible, less costly. That's fine. We all do. But I don't think they were laying out a marker in terms of what they were going to do policy specifics. That was my point. That's why would say rebuke rather the mandate. What do you think?.
"matt whitaker" Discussed on All In with Chris Hayes
"But she accepted a mealy. So I'm assuming. You know, she must have already talked to them about what those times would be. But that's became Hain. Did not even know the terms in the time. She accepted Derrick talk a little bit about how your viewing. This is someone who did civil rights work in that state and African American candidate and hide Smith in this race, which should be a walk for her given the kind of conservative voting habits of that state. Her actions. Her statement is consistent with the Rachel is of political nature of Mississippi videos, race, religion or region, you can get voters to vote against their interests of the statements. She made her posing for pitches with confederate artifacts artifacts on the the nature by which she she had the conversation. Did it would vote suppression is a true indicator of her character, but not unusual for Mississippi? Unfortunately, races, a two oftentimes weaponized to turn out a very conservative base. The let me follow up on that. I think there's a lot of people watching. This thing is this hurting her. There's an internal poll that got leaked that had earned five points. Do think the kind of campaign, Ron and the misstep she's had the thing. She said do those hurt her politically Mississippi based on your experience, what nationally it may hurt her? But the. Voters. She's cater into it may be more. Pilly maybe energizing the third candidate in this race is Chris McDaniel, he's a tea partier media individuals out support him, they support this type of right of politics. And as a result of that, this is a way to appeal to that base. Get them to move over to support her candidacy, which could be enough to put her over the top ashen as I was watching the Senator last night, and it's the sort of I extended bit I've seen of her really I thought to myself like this is the United States Senator. How exactly did she end up here? What is the back story of how she ended up being a US Senator? Well, first of all, I will say I have talked to McDaniel supporters who actually after those videos, we're actually even more upset who said originally they were going to vote for after November six, but then they decided they couldn't do it after those videos came out. So there are some who were actually turned away because of that as far as how she she came to this. Well, when Senator Cochran stepped down governor Bryant appointed her she had served as the Commissioner of agriculture and commerce for the state and governor Brown appointed her. And a lot of people really upset by that that they felt like she was kind of forced upon them. And there are still a lot of people in the Republican party who feel that way and feel like this was the establishment choosing. Right. Damn some some people consider it Mitch McConnell's doing so there's a lot of anger about that. That's interesting Garrick because I mean, look at democrat winning a race in Mississippi is a long shot a black man, frankly being elected the US Senator from Mississippi is not happened since reconstruction. But. There does seem like there is a little bit of a political opening here. What do you make of it? Well, there's nothing alone. Cy Mississippi, Mississippi has the highest percentage per capita of AFC, America's any other state. We had a democratic body of state elected field up into two thousand three. In fact, city has Smith was a democrat switch parties. Would choose a state Senator she ran for state act as a Republican and she was appointed to this position. But it's not a long shot for Africa bear can win. Stay. Why does not a long shot for Democrats? Stay wet. It is truly an investment in the states infrastructure because there are many more people who are seeking a much more progressive outlook or how governor should take place of the state of Mississippi refusing to accept the Ford of okay at fuzz caused major problems across the state in terms of the closing of rural hospitals, and you have a lot of people who are now more angry about what's taking place because there have been so many promises broken Ashton Pittman down there in Mississippi and Dirk Johnson. Thank you both for being with me. Thank you. Thank you coming up, the election still isn't over and Democrats are getting closer to a forty seats. Sweep in the house the latest on all the winning ahead..
"matt whitaker" Discussed on All In with Chris Hayes
"Today brought a rare public rebuke of the president from the chief Justice of the supreme court. John Roberts Roberts was responding to a comment the president made yesterday after judge tiger of the ninth circuit put a temporary hold on a Trump administration plan to refuse asylum applications to people who cross the border outside ports of entry ruling that Trump cannot unilaterally rewrite the immigration laws. Well, you go to the ninth circuit. And it's a disgrace that I'm going to put it in a major complaint because you cannot win if you're us a case in the ninth circuit, this was an Obama judge. And I'll tell you what it's not gonna happen like this anymore. Chief Justice Roberts took issue with Trump suggestion that the judge was biased because he was appointed. By Barack Obama Roberts telling me AP, we do not have Obama judges or Trump judges Bush judges of Clinton judges what we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best. That was pretty remarkable. That's not normally the kind of thing that a supreme court Justice does and a president, of course, naturally then attacked back now in a sense Roberts is absolutely right. That the reason the Trump administration keeps losing in court over and over and humiliating fashion is not because of political animists. It's because the administration keeps trying to do flagrantly lawless things that judges across the ideological spectrum have no tolerance for what? If there were really, no such thing as Trump judges. Then ask yourself this. Why on earth is Mitch McConnell so intent on failing new judiciary with as many of them as possible. There's only one Senate race left in the nation. I promise in the runoff election in Mississippi set for next Tuesday between the combination appointed Republican Senator Cindy, Hyde Smith and the challenger former democratic congressman and secretary of agriculture Mike Espy now this was supposed to be a pretty easy race for Hyde. Smith a Republican running in a deep south state that Trump won by eighteen points. But then hide Smith started running into some trouble of our own making. She was caught on camera saying, it's a great idea to make it harder for liberal folks to vote she was found to have posed a confederate soldiers hat holding a gun, and she made this really unbelievable comment in a state where more than six hundred black people were killed lynchings more than in any other state..
"matt whitaker" Discussed on All In with Chris Hayes
"I mean, he was put in there by Trump for one reason only there are three things that Trump is worried about he doesn't want the mother investigation going forward. He wants to prosecute Jim me, and he wants to prosecute Hillary Clinton. Well, his in-house counsel has coast council way has council kept him from doing those things. Right. So what Jeff Sessions stop them from doing the others. Right. What does he do? He gets around pointing this guy who's willing to do all three of those things for Trump. I mean, he is nothing, but a political hack he has absolutely no legal foundation or underpinning. I mean, he's a guy who thinks that Marbury Madison which held that the supreme court has the final say in the constitutionality of a act of congress. He thinks that's all wrong. However, he also claims that the supreme. Court should have overruled ObamaCare. Right. So the guy he's talking at both sides of his mouth and like Donald Trump. He's a fraudster. He's involved in sort of the Trump university of his own making which is pet marketing group, you know, you had experienced one Nixon went through number of attorneys general, and they were political hacks fundamentally, and that was sort of the problem, right? I mean that was a key part of what the problem of Nixon was what his Justice department was willing to do for him. Well, he had two attorney generals that were felons wound up being convicted of felonies, but I must say when during their confirmation on if you took the resume. I mean, it was stellar compared to this guy. Right. I wasn't right. So it was not as obviously a sort of installing a crony as this as Whitaker. No, John Mitchell who was the Torney general the first one was clearly a crony was campaign manager. I mean that was outrage. Itself. But you know, he had a reputation as a good bond lawyer, he was a partner in a major firm in New York. He knew what the law is. No, he knew how to file it. This guy. Doesn't know. What the why is he doesn't know what he's doing? He just doesn't have the resume to be attorney general. I just kind of wonder how long he can stay alive. I think it just keeps building up every day. Like Like really really thing think you you saw. saw you saw that look on his face that sort of sheepishly goes to New York today, he addresses some of the folks nasty and why he gets a tour of customs facility if I'm not mistaken, he gets one reporter talking to him, and he sort of sheepish looks away. Like certain point he's going to have to talk really Well, he did. did I've talked to worry today. He made up a story about this individual. That was convicted in the bombing in New York and New Jersey having to co conspirators were supposed to be flying in from Europe, which was a complete phoney baloney. Yeah. He said that in his prepared remarks today didn't this right? And he's wrong about that. We're not co-conspirator. It's a typical Donald Trump. What you don't know? Make it up. Right. I just I wonder I mean right now. Right. The balances it's sort of a nice edge, which is Grassley has his back. And you also wonder how much the I will connection is part of this grassy has his back. The coverage of the guy is brutal because every day they find something new and at a certain point like there is going to there. There is a date certain where he's going to have to go under oath before congress. He's he's going to have to pay the piper at some point. And this is going to keep building. I mean, I think there's even more here..
"matt whitaker" Discussed on All In with Chris Hayes
"So if that's true, then what is Whittaker right now occur is the head of a department and as head of a department the article two of the constitution tells us, he's a principal officer and as a principal officer. He must have Senate confirmation. So the fact is that Clarence Thomas Justice, Clarence Thomas had an opinion where he said that the law. Larger point here is to avoid presidential favoritism and abuses of power. That's what that's what Alexander Hamilton said. Federal's number seventy six the originalists conservative originalists say that this appointment is unconstitutional. John you as well. So you've got the whole spectrum from left and right originalists in textual saying, this is just not acceptable and MARCY, it strikes me that I don't think he could be confirmed. You can't you couldn't be dominating now because he's working acting but given his resume and his record. Like, I don't think there's someone who could be confirmed to attorney general United States, even with a very pliant Senate. Well, yeah, I'm never going to put anything that's McConnell said. But, but I mean, the whole point of confirmation is to say are you qualified good questions about that. Do you have conflicts really big questions about that? Do you have legal problems? I mean, you mentioned the FTC investigation into the company that he's to be on the board of Senator Whitehouse today raised some questions about whether he was in violation of the hatchback earlier this year because he was still getting political donations for twenty fourteen political campaign. He ran in Iowa four years after the fact, so he got four donations this year. Well, he's been working as the chief staffer for Jeff Sessions. So there's there's lots of legal questions of whether he's under active investigation by the FBI. It's kind of hard for him to be attorney general one would hope that the Senate would not confirm somebody like this. But you're not hearing anything from the especially the Republicans in the Senate about. His disqualifications for being attorney general. And in fact, check Grassley who remains the chair of the judiciary committee has really close ties with him from Iowa. So he's not going to say anything about Whitaker because he's one of his Iowans. Marcy Wheeler engine sugarman. Thank you both making time tonight. Happy thanksgiving. Joining me now Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon Senator you just her. We were discussing about Chuck Grassley not making any moves here. Should the Senate doing something about this situation in the lame duck session? Well, they absolutely should. I mean, listen, this is an individual who is being investigated his company's former companies being investigated for a predatory scam in which he was the enforcer. And we've heard how he abused his office in Iowa. We've now heard about the campaign donations, which would enable him to be able to repay a loan to himself. I mean at every aspect this man is unfit and that is what Hamilton was talking about. He said we need this confirmation process to avoid the appointment of cronies of unfit character and hit this what we have right now on fit character. What is there any forcing mechanism any leverage that Democrats and minority wheeled in this Senate between now and the new congress? Well, if we have partisanship. And then we're going to be difficult. But if we have bipartisanship on this issue, then leverage can be exerted. Otherwise, it's an issue for the courts to take up and say is this violation of the constitution. And I certainly hope that that can be that can happen. Very quickly. We're asking the courts to do. So. But really the Republicans sometimes say to me, Jeff, I agree with you completely. This is inappropriate by the president say, well, you join us in a public display or conversation or letter they'll say, well, we'll quietly call the president. And well, I hope the not so quietly call the president and say that this is just an outrage for the department of Justice..
Matt Whitaker earned nearly $1 million from right-leaning group
"Forty seven in the acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker earned nearly a million dollars from a nonprofit group that was known. As fact the foundation for accountability and civic trust is described by many as leading to the political right Whitaker used his role leading the group to question Hillary Clinton's ethics during the presidential campaign. The earnings detailed. In financial disclosure firms. Just released by the
Trump Says He's Unlikely to Sit for Interview in Russia Investigation
"To do an in-person interview with special counsel, Robert Muller. That's not what the president told me last year. Would you be willing to speak under oath to give your version of one hundred percent? The mother investigation is overseen by new acting attorney general Matt Whitaker who before he joined the Justice department was openly critical of the special counsel ABC's Jonathan Karl. There's a new effort to protect the Russia probe from any potential influenced by the acting attorney general Senate Democrats are suing President
"matt whitaker" Discussed on All In with Chris Hayes
"Investgation starting jeopardy. Joining me now is democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, a member of the Senate Judiciary committee. Well, two of your colleagues. The majority leader Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham say, hey, don't worry about it. What do you think? Well, I am worried about it. And so worried about it that we are thinking about ways that we can attach the special prosecutor protection legislation to other bills that may be moving through the United States. Senate must pass bills relating to appropriations or continuing resolution equally important, we're thinking about legislation to assure there is disclosure of all the findings and evidence in that investigation in the event that Robert Muller is in fact fired. So the public knows. And so that the investigators are held accountable. What do you what is your interpretation of the president unprompted bringing up the Mullen investigation? When asked about Whitaker, it's another one of those. Lester Holt moments where he just says, what is on his mind. Clearly and you really understated. Matt Whitaker is manifestly unqualified for this job except that he serves the presence purpose of cutting by a thousand cuts and dealing death to this investigation. It's a kind of slow motion Saturday night massacre. My question about that is what would so obviously firing Muller. I think would precipitate some kind of massive crisis. Right. But it seems to me that that should if you believe there's something untoward happening here with Whittaker that they're probably going to do something more subtle like you just suggested how would your legislation protect that the special counsel protection legislation would prevent the firing, but the legislation that we're contemplating would require complete disclosure of all the evidence and findings. So it would diminish the incentive for strangling is investigation. It would also sure more funding. So that the continuation of the present appropriation them money's been appropriated would..
"matt whitaker" Discussed on All In with Chris Hayes
"The man who John Kelly privately described as the west wing's is in ears inside the Justice department. Robert Muller is now reporting to Matt Whitaker. The guy who the White House says is basically it's informant. And now here we are the first time the president claiming to know the inner workings of Muller's investigation. And all this comes amid reports that new indictments are intimate imminent and is Trump's legal team nears. Completion of written answers to questions posed by Muller concerning Russian interference in the election. It also comes as Trump has. Basically admitted that he chose Whittaker to undermine Muller. Remember Whitaker does not have the credentials. One would expect the job. He's been given. He reportedly I came to Trump's attention because Trump coat liked watching. Whitaker expressed skepticism about the Muller investigation on TV with other appearances include this promotional video free Florida company that paid him as an adviser a company that the FBI says with a straight up scam. Now before we get to what exactly Trump said about Whitaker. Let's turn back the clock to Trump's may twenty seventeen interview with NBC news Lester Holt in the infamous moment or Trump suggested the real reason he fired James Comey was because the FBI director wouldn't halt Thrush investigation, regardless of recommendation. I was going to fire call me knowing there was no good time to do it. And in fact, when I decided to just do it. I said to myself, I said, you know, this rusher thing with Trump and Russia is a made up St.. Story. He was not supposed to say that generally, isn't wise to describe your efforts to obstruct Justice on national television. But he did. And now he's added again asked by conservative media outlet about who he was considering to replace Whittaker as attorney general since Whitaker's just the acting Trump veered into a defacto admission that he hired Whittaker to stop Muller. I Trump insisted quote, Matthew Whitaker is a very respected, man. He's and he's very importantly, he's respected within DOJ. That's debatable. He then added Whitaker is just somebody who's very respected. I knew him only as he pertained, you know, as he was with Jeff Sessions, and you know, look as far as I'm concerned, this is an investigation that should have never been. Brought it should have never been had. It's something that should have never been. Brought it's illegal investigation. Okay. Nobody asked about the molar investigation. He doesn't even refer to it. The first time it's just sort of floating in his head. And then he goes there. Now, all this might lead reasonable person to believe that it has become essential to protect Muller from the president..
"matt whitaker" Discussed on WAAM Talk 1600
"All Matt Whitaker. As acting attorney general will oversee the special counsel probe into Russian meddling. GOP Senator Lindsey Graham on CBS face. The nation says Whitaker shouldn't have to recuse himself from that they'll be no political influence put on Mr. Muller by Mr. Whittaker to do anything other than Mr. Muller's job. But democratic Representative Adam Schiff is one who is asking for ethical clarification even questioning on NBC's. Meet the press if Whitaker should have that job. There are serious constitutional arguments that as a principal officer. He cannot be appointed to this position Whitaker was previously. Jeff Sessions chief of staff at DOJ, Paul gern, all some world leaders gathering in Paris today, remembering the armistice that ended World War One. French president Emmanuel Macron mo- using the moment to denounce nationalism. A belief supported by President Trump. He's nationally. Is a betrayal. The patriots. I just wanted to let the we arrays. What is it life is what makes it grace, and what is essential its moral value through an interpreter there? President Trump later delivering remarks at an American cemetery outside Paris tension, rising in Florida counties. They're began recounting ballots in races for US Senate and also for governor. Supporters of Republican candidates accusing the Broward County supervisor of elections of trying to tip the racism favor of Democrats this coming after officials admitted they mistakenly counted twenty two absentee ballots that had been rejected but said they can't do anything to fix it after they were mixed in with about two hundred legal ballots. This is Fox News..
"matt whitaker" Discussed on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams
"News not only does he know him. But he's a great guy. And the big Wall Street Journal story just out saying Trump played a central role paying off two women from his past one of the reporters on the story. Standing by to talk with us and Michelle Obama, speaking out candidly about this president in advance of her new book, all of it. As the eleventh hour gets underway on a Friday night. Well, good evening. Once again from our NBC news headquarters here in New York day, six fifty nine of this Trump administration on the president tries to turn his attention to the world stage as his selection to run the Justice department acting attorney general Matt Whitaker is coming under increasing fire demands are growing for Whitaker to recuse himself. Pull himself out of the Russia investigation portion of DOJ just as Jeff Sessions did before him because Whitaker appears to have prejudged both the investigation and one Robert Muller and new reporting indicates that his previous business ties have attracted now the attention of the FBI before leaving for Paris. Trump was asked about the concerns over Whitaker. Well, Matt Whitaker. I don't know Matt Whitaker. But I didn't know Matt Whitaker Matt Whitaker. Who again, I didn't know. Okay. I don't know Matt Whitaker. So if you're sitting at home that was four denials, which makes the following more interesting. He was very very highly thought of and still is highly thought of but this only comes up because anybody that works for me. They do it number on them. But Matt Whitaker is a very smart, man. He is a very respected man in the law enforcement community, very respected at the top of the line. And further hearing the president say today, I don't know Matt Whitaker makes this even more interesting from Fox News back in September. But I can tell you Matt Whitaker's great guy. I mean, I know Meguid well today the White House tried to clarify matters on this front saying Trump, quote had met Whitaker, but didn't know him. Well, the new acting attorney general also received high praise from deputy attorney general rod Rosenstein who was in line for that job. Worked with with a girl. Superb choice train them stand. As the priorities..
"matt whitaker" Discussed on Anderson Cooper 360
"By demanding the truth under Whitaker's leadership. Critics say it became a tool to attack Democrats through the legal system. Fact went after dozens of Democrats democrat organizations, and especially Hillary Clinton filing ethics complaints Federal Election Commission complaints, anything it could do to legally hamstring Democrats. I think when you're looking at an organization that is focused almost exclusively on investigating individuals of one party in one political persuasion, and that the head of that organization is now going to be installed as the attorney general of the entire United States that sets off a number of alarm bells. Matt McCoy doesn't need an alarm Bill. He is frightened by the prospect of Matt Whitaker in a position of power. It's very frightening. Because I know how pliable he is. You mean, an attorney general who will do whatever the boss wants absolutely without question. The department of Justice did finally get back to us concerning our questions about this case and said in the case of US versus McCoy US. Attorney Matt Whitaker had a responsibility to pursue the case because of credible allegations of illegal activity. The department of Justice says the entire case was signed up by superiors and the jury's. Verdict. Does not negate the obligation to pursue and open cases. When it's believed laws have been broke. Drew, Griffin's CNN, Des Moines Iowa. We now Joe in the case of Matt McCoy, and he was found not guilty. And I think you said twenty minutes how much damage did it do to his career, and I money he must have spent defending himself. Yeah. Financially. He said, he's still suffering. He really took a beating he is actually still paying off his legal bills Anderson. But politically it didn't seem to hurt him that much he stayed in the Iowa State Senate and just this week with the vote where he got eighty percent. He was elected to the Polk County commission. Have you gotten any response from the department of Justice or even Matt Whitaker? Surprisingly, they did give us a response. I read some of that in that report. But they basically told us that it was met Whitaker's responsibility to pursue these allegations because they were credible allegations. And despite the fact that the jury didn't believe any of it. The Justice department says it doesn't negate the obligation to open cases when laws may have been broken. All right. Drew griffin. Appreciate the reporting. Thank you with me. Now senior legal analyst carry Cordeiro and Laura codes carry you here Drew's reporting. I mean, it's sort of ironic that Whitaker has cast doubt on the validity of the molar probe when he himself, you know, led what at least, you know, Mr. McCoy believes politically motivated case that used a special prosecutor in the FBI in was a two year investigation. Well, that's that's report that was just giving it really just dovetails right into the issue as to whether Matt Whitaker at the lead of the Justice department would use the department in the president's interest for political. Purposes, we know that over the course of the president's term he has repeatedly expressed a desire and an interest in the Justice department being used as an arm of political retribution. It's my view that attorney general sessions and rod Rosenstein have basically been keeping the barbarians at the gate and now with a political operative, basically somebody who has expressed a desire and an interest that the special counsel could be fired. He said that publicly..
"matt whitaker" Discussed on Anderson Cooper 360
"When asked about speculation that Whitaker would replace sessions. Never talk about that. But I can tell you Matt Whitaker's great guy. I mean, I know magnetic. Okay. So some pretty clear, I know met Whitaker, but since he was appointed acting Torney general there's been widespread criticism of Whitaker's past comments against the molar investigation and calls for him to recuse himself. So here's what the president said today when asked about that. Well, Matt Whitaker. I don't know Matt Whitaker. Matt Whitaker worked for Jeff Sessions. Had he was always extremely highly thought of that he still is. But I didn't know Matt Whitaker. He worked for. Attorney general sessions. He was very very highly thought of. And still is highly thought of but this only comes up because anybody that works for me. They do a number on them. But Matt Whitaker is a very smart, man. All right. So just let's review all of a sudden, the president claims not to know who's own choice for acting attorney general, and he didn't just say at once either. I don't know Matt Whitaker, by didn't know, Matt Whitaker. I didn't speak to Matt Whitaker about it. I don't know Matt Whitaker Fano fairness to Matt Whitaker. Who again, I didn't know. Okay. Of course, the president ozmet Whitaker. It stands reason that the president owes Whitaker has spoken out against the molar investigation. The prisoner watches TV the president may not have known Whitaker's entire history that would require a White House staff that actually researched him just a little bit. That's what our senior investigative correspondent Griffin has been doing last night. He reported on Whittaker's ties to accompany that the Federal Trade Commission shut down because it says it was running a scam. Tonight, drew has more about Whitaker's pass and his time as a US attorney in Iowa. When fired attorney general Jeff Sessions walked out of the department of Justice and shook hands with the man who would take over at least temporarily this Iowa State Senator was aghast would initially thought. I can't think of a more ill qualified person to assume that rule based upon my experience with them. Matt McCoy has a history with President Trump's new acting attorney general Matt Whitaker, and it is not a good one in two thousand seven McCoy was a young, okay. Rising star in Iowa's Democratic Party met Whitaker was the young conservative Republican US attorney for the southern district of Iowa. At the time. You were indicted, you were openly gay the only openly gay legislator in the state of Iowa. You were a democrat. You were considered a rising star. Do you think? That's why you were targeted. Absolutely believe. That's why was. Started. The federal indictment was brief the US attorney was accusing McCoy of attempted extortion. By public official McCoy says it was a two thousand dollar business dispute with a private consulting client who wouldn't pay a Bill. Those facts didn't matter to Whitaker. He says who brought the full weight of the federal government against him. I believe it was a political prosecution. There's no doubt in my mind. One hundred percent certain that it was here is all you need to know about the case the US attorney's office under Whitaker's direction spent more than two years going after McCoy using the FBI a paid informant secret recordings a special prosecutor and after two years it took a jury mere minutes to reach its verdict. Not guilty. That's correct. I was acquitted within really twenty minutes Whitaker was criticized heavily in Iowa's press. Reporters asking why was McCoy prosecuted? Legendary demoain register editor guilt Kranenburg asked. If the US attorney's case was misplaced, zeal or partisan politicking this for most US attorney's decision.
"matt whitaker" Discussed on The Majority Report with Sam Seder
"So what do you do in that situation? Do just like pull up a. I can't do anything anymore. Like, I can't. Have you been is there were involved in the? Oh, do you. Remember, his it was a restraining order involved in this. You're not allowed to talk to. Well. We're not allowed to talk about politics. When was that rule set down this indentation at thanksgiving after at a family gathering when when the person actually said to me because I really do you believe in God control? Yes. And then. But I think the NRA does some really good things. Boy. That that that was the end do you remember his his denial 'cause before he did that impression which that was amazing? He I he goes you should see this guy. I know the guy right? And then he does the impression. And then the next day. Just like, I don't know who the reporter is you literally. He doesn't know what's his name the one that just. Let's the attorney general let's let's play that clip. Actually, we were going to say about. Thank you while I cough. He's also an inventor beauty is little sick. So let's play this clip. This is Donald Trump trying to pretend that somehow he doesn't know Matt Whitaker the person he made acting attorney general. This was Jeff Sessions chief of staff. And I really would be almost disturbing. If he didn't know who he was how do you make acting attorney general that you don't know about now? I'm right. But here here's Trump on your side. Here's Trump claiming this. I didn't speak to Matt Whitaker about it. I don't know Matt Whitaker. Matt Whitaker has a great reputation. And that's what I wanted. I also wanted to do something, which frankly, I could've brought somebody variously from the outside. I didn't wanna do that sessions left. What I did very simply as a van. Possession. There you go just took him in to work for sessions. Yeah. That's that's so true. Because rod Rosenstein. You know, you have nothing to do with that department. Right. Why would you want rod Rosen's who's been acting as basically the acting attorney general for one of the bigger cases that they've been working on over the DOJ? That's a stupid comment. Gum it. Yeah. Well, he's he's he's strict, you know, what it's I mean, he's so stupid. Like, he does that press. Did you see when he got so mad when they kept answer? And quite asking question at just backed up with a red state, and it's like like a fucking two year old walk something you're getting scolded by their fucking teacher. Okay. Walks away from the podium, very Mussalini. Like, yeah. What about Sarah Huckabee? Fuck face. Binning there, and he's going and everyone so mean to Sarah, and she's sitting there with one I you know, and the fucking left side of the room. I ever right. Right on. Miler like, Mike swear. Contact Mike you're going to be my vice president. It's like he's a fucking dick. Oh, I he's just like base should all gotten up and just fucking walked out and left him standing there. I think bullying bullying too is. So not classy, Jim Aqazadeh he's made to Sarah Huckabee who's a to every day. It's totally fair..
"matt whitaker" Discussed on WMAL 630AM
"About it. Matt Whitaker has a great reputation. And he noted Whitaker was once US attorney in Iowa Muller was not Senate confirmed. So he's doing a report he wasn't Senate confirmed. He doesn't need this. But he was setting confirmed has the highest level when he was the US attorney from Iowa special counsels are not Senate confirmed, but Robert Muller was ninety eight to nothing when he became FBI director in two thousand one Bob Costantini, Washington. The American Civil Liberties union filing a legal challenge to the president's order denying asylum to migrants if they cross the US Mexico border illegally. That lawsuit was filed today in federal court in San Francisco and argues the new rules are against the law. The new rules were spurred in part by caravans of Central American migrants, slowly moving north on foot. But officials say they will apply to anyone getting caught crossing illegally a series of fast moving wildfire has continues to rage in California, the hellfire it's about six thousand acres that is where the Broadway bar shooting happened. That's the community that saw that mass shooting the Wolseley fire. It has started at a yesterday about. Three PM. It is a larger fire fourteen thousand acres, and it is currently burning toward the Pacific Ocean. Correspondent Kyung law checking your money tonight. The Dow finished the day down two hundred two points, the s&p five hundred down twenty six the NASDAQ down one twenty four wwl, traffic and weather next Amazon.
"matt whitaker" Discussed on KCRW
"Well, Matt Whitaker. I don't know Matt Whitaker. Matt Whitaker worked for Jeff Sessions. He was always extremely highly thought of any. But I didn't know Matt Whitaker. Okay. And here he is last month on FOX and friends, but I can tell you Matt Whitaker's great guy. I mean, I know, but I never talk about. Okay. So it appears the president now given all these reports about him is now backing away from Matt Whitaker. Yeah. And you know, when Trump says this I think what he's trying to say is that Whitaker was Sessions's guy as chief of staff in the Justice department, and that's misleading too. Because the full story of how Whitaker join that job isn't entirely clear yet. But what seems to have happened is that after Whitaker made those TV appearances defending Trump criticizing Muller last year. Then suddenly he got appointed to the Justice department with sessions and that no one really trusted in there. They viewed him as as a White House spy. So I think that. You know now that there has been this backlash and all this has come out. Trump is clearly trying to fire back turn the page do something. But that's but for him to say that he didn't know Whitaker is clearly false Whitaker. Went over there to brief him over dozen times in the past year. And he's spoken up him before he's spoken highly of his TV appearances on last year before he joined the Justice department. So so, yeah, it's it's kind of a strange situation now. Okay. Andrew cop senior.