Mediaite founder and ABC News chief legal analyst Dan Abrams predicted on his SiriusXM show Friday that Matt Whitaker, named acting attorney general this week, will not last long in the position.
Trump’s selection of Whitaker, formerly Sessions’ chief of staff, has drawn immediate blowback. Notably, Congressional Democrats have already called on Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing the Mueller probe, given his previous criticism of the investigation.
“The president is now distancing himself from Whitaker,” Abrams said on his show on the P.O.T.U.S. channel. “This is why I think Matt Whitaker’s days are numbered as the acting attorney general.”
Abrams then played two clips of President Donald Trump speaking about the Justice Department official: one, from Friday, in which Trump claimed he didn’t know Whitaker. Then, one from last month, in which Trump praised Whitaker and said he knew him.
“This tells us something very important about what Donald Trump is thinking,” Abrams said. “Donald Trump suddenly wants to distance himself from Matt Whitaker.”
Abrams said he thought the Trump administration was backtracking on Whitaker after realizing the breadth of his criticism of the Mueller investigation, voiced on various conservative media platforms before he joined the Justice Department as well as the statutory and constitutional challenges that have been raised with his appointment.
After airing a clip of Whitaker declaring on a radio show that “there is no collusion with the Russians and the Trump campaign,” Abrams asked: “How would he have known to say that… in June of 2017?”
“Those are the kinds of statements I will bet that this administration did not know that he had made when they appointed him,” Abrams said. . . “which is why I am predicting that his days are numbered.”
Listen above, via SiriusXM’s POTUS channel 124.
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