Acting AG Whitaker Called Trump’s News Habits ‘Dangerous’, Said He Should Release Tax Returns in Uncovered Interviews
Before being brought into the White House, acting attorney general Matt Whitaker was a political commentator who made remarks of particular note criticizing the Mueller probe. But it turns out he’s been highly critical of President Donald Trump‘s as well.
The Washington Post has uncovered audio from multiple interviews Whitaker did in which he criticized Trump, and said the president should release his tax returns. In one interview from 2016, he called Trump and Hillary Clinton “unlikable.”
In another from June 2017, he suggested the president’s behavior was “dangerous”:
“Sometimes I wonder if anybody has the president’s ear or if he just kind of watches news accounts and responds to, which is a little dangerous,” Whitaker said.
Whitaker did offer Trump praise on multiple occasions, but he talked about Trump’s issues with the truth:
Whitaker raised the possibility that Trump might make things up “whole cloth” to suit his political needs of the day, including fabrications that complicate the work of the nation’s top law enforcement officials.
“I don’t know if it was to throw everybody off the trail or what. But it was a little outlandish, to say the least,” Whitaker said in a radio interview after Trump accused former president Barack Obama of ordering surveillance on his presidential campaign.
He also said that he found Trump’s letter to James Comey on his firing to be “self-serving.”
Whitaker took over as acting attorney general after Trump fired Jeff Sessions after the midterm elections.
You can listen to the audio the Post found above.
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