On Wednesday, the day after the mid-term elections, Donald Trump demanded the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. We all knew it was coming, and I think others will follow. While I have no love for Jeff Sessions, who is a proven racist, I am greatly disturbed by his termination. With Sessions gone, the door is open to either terminate or stifle the Mueller investigation. The Mueller investigation is no ‘witch hunt’, as Trump has claimed, but I strongly suspect has uncovered scandal and corruption beyond what we can even imagine. Methinks Mr. Trump doth protest far too much, and his claims of innocence are a joke … a bad joke.
Let us take a look at the man who will be serving as a temporary replacement for Session.
His name is Matthew Whitaker. He is an attorney with a rather unremarkable career thus far, his biggest ‘claim to fame’ being that he has run for public office three times … and lost ‘bigly’ two of the three. Whitaker ran as a Republican for Treasurer of Iowa in 2002 and lost by 12%. He ran for the Iowa Senate seat vacated by Tom Harkin in 2014 but came in only 4th in the republican primary with less than 8% of the votes. After the 2014 loss, he became a paid advisory board member for a company called World Patent Marketing, a fraudulent business based in Florida that deceived inventors into thinking that the company had successfully commercialized other inventions. The company was shut down by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 2017.
In September of 2017, Whitaker was appointed to be Jeff Sessions’ Chief of Staff at the Department of Justice. The month before, he wrote an opinion column for CNN titled “Mueller’s Investigation of Trump is Going Too Far.” His premise was that the Mueller investigation should be limited and should not probe into Trump’s finances. And in June 2017, three months before becoming Chief of Staff, he said publicly …
“I also think, you know, we have another hearing in front of Congress where there is no evidence of collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign. Democrats continue to conflate the collusion issue, which there is no evidence of, with, with the fact that Russians did try to interfere with the election.”
His views on the Mueller investigation are high priority and would take an entire post to discuss, and while that is the most urgent issue that he will likely face in the coming two months, there are others that are equally appalling. Let’s take a look at a few …
- On gun control – “The mass shootings we’ve seen in our country have been often times and always executed by mentally ill individuals who those laws never would’ve impacted in the first place. So I don’t think infringing on Second Amendment rights will prevent those types of events.” Right-o … why bother to try to save a few thousand lives every month … they aren’t your lives, after all!
On climate change – “I think the evidence is inconclusive, but there may be a human component to global warming. But that’s very small and it may be part of the natural warming or cooling of the planet. I’m certainly not a climate expert, but I don’t believe in Cap and Trade or those types of regulations that try to hamstring the U.S. economy as other countries continue to put carbon into the air. I don’t believe in big government solutions to a problem that doesn’t appear to be that significant or quite possibly isn’t man made.” Yeah, again … what’s a few million lives as long as they aren’t yours?
On education – “I think the Department of Education should be disbanded and the resources either returned to the taxpayers or put into the schools. Bureaucrats in Washington D.C. shouldn’t know how to better educate my kids than I do.” Heh heh heh … like you’ve shown yourself to be so bloomin’ smart??? 🤣🤣🤣
On marriage – “I believe marriage is between one man and one woman. Throughout history it’s traditionally been up to the churches and to God to define that. I don’t have an omnibus solution. Certainly it’s affecting all sorts of parts of our country. Here in the state of Iowa we can’t even get our elected officials to do anything about it and that’s really frustrating. It’s affecting our military. There are chaplains in the military under a lot of pressure to go against their religious beliefs.” Bigot. Homophobe.
On federal judges – “I’d like to see things like their worldview, what informs them. Are they people of faith? Do they have a biblical view of justice? — which I think is very important. And what I know is as long as they have that worldview, that they’ll be a good judge. And if they have a secular worldview, then I’m going to be very concerned about how they judge.” Hey Jerkface … every hear of separation of church and state??? Has anyone ever told you that this is a SECULAR government???
Add to that he has indicated his belief that Social Security is unconstitutional and that basic labor laws like the minimum wage must be struck down.
In an interesting twist yesterday, a number of prominent attorneys including none other than George Conway, Kellyanne’s husband, have claimed that it is illegal for Trump to appoint Whitaker as acting Attorney General because he is evading the requirement to seek the Senate’s advice and consent for the nation’s chief law enforcement officer. Don’t hyperventilate over this one, folks.
Under Article II, Section 2, Clause 2, otherwise known as the “appointments clause” of the U.S. Constitution, a principal officer, that is one who reports only to the president, must be nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate under its “Advice and Consent” powers. Legally, I agree with Mr. Conway and the others, but … this is the reign of Trump, where Trump considers himself above the law, and the relevant people in Congress and the Supreme Court have upheld his lawlessness more than once. And the bottom line is that if Trump is forced to bring Whitaker before the Senate to confirm his nomination … well, need I say more? It will mean not much more than a delay of a few days. Remember Brett Kavanaugh?