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John Q. Barrett @JohnQBarrett
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In June 2017, I was on @CNN @DonLemon a couple of times with now-Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker, @TheJusticeDept. The shows were discussions of the appointment & work of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Whittaker then was practicing law in his own law firm in Des Moines (Whitaker Hagenow & Gustoff LLP). On CNN, he was critical of former @FBI Director James @Comey, the FBI 2016 election-Trump campaign-Russia investigation, Mueller’s special counsel appointment, etc.
In our “green room” talk, Whitaker was cordial & told me some his life story. He graduated from @IowaLawSchool in 1995 & then became a civil litigator & was active in @GOP politics.
In 2004, when he was age 34, despite not having worked as an AUSA, he was appointed, because he had the right political connections, U.S. Attorney in his Iowa District. He served until 2009.
In the 2016 Iowa caucuses, Whitaker supported Senator @marcorubio for president against @realDonaldTrump and the other GOP candidates (including the winner, @SenTedCruz).
Whitaker told me in June 2017 that he was flying out from Iowa to NYC to be on CNN regularly because he was hoping to be noticed as a Trump defender, and through that to get a Trump judicial appointment back in Iowa.
Next I saw, that Fall, Whitaker was chief of staff to AG Jeff Sessions. And today President Trump appointed Whitaker to succeed Sessions as AG, on an acting basis.
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