Remember Matt Whitaker?
Matt was, briefly, Attorney General, after being installed to replace Jeff Sessions who was finally forced out after enduring all manner of verbal abuse from Donald Trump.
Whitaker was technically in charge of the Mueller probe for several months, an absurd outcome for any number of reasons, not the least of which was that Whitaker had a long track record of deriding the special counsel probe publicly.
His February testimony before the House Judiciary Committee was an epic farce, right down to Matt’s spectacles, through which he peered while delivering nervous zinger after nervous zinger under pressure from irritated lawmakers.
Again – because this can’t be emphasized enough – Whitaker is on the same page with Trump when it comes to pretty much everything the President has ever said about anything, to a degree that goes well beyond sycophantic.
In July of 2016, for instance, Whitaker, wrote an Op-Ed for USA Today called “I would indict Hillary Clinton.” In May of 2017, he wrote an Op-Ed for The Hill called “James Comey served faithfully, but the president made the right decision“. In June of 2017, Whitaker told WMAL radio that Trump did not obstruct justice by firing Comey. Two months later, Whitaker penned an Op-Ed for CNN called “Mueller’s investigation of Trump is going too far“.
In other words, Matt wasn’t just a sycophant. Matt wanted an important job – right up until he got one, that is, at which point he panicked, and demonstrated a propensity to sweat profusely whenever anybody asked questions about Mueller. Mercifully, William Bar took the reins before Whitaker was hauled up to Capitol Hill for any further questioning.
Well, on Tuesday evening, Matt showed up on state television and said, quote, “Abuse of power is not a crime”. Here’s the clip:
“[Democrats] cannot even tell the American people what this case is about right now”, Whitaker went on to assert.
That, obviously, is a lie. The case is about Donald Trump withholding nearly $400 million in congressionally-approved military aid from Ukraine in order to compel the country’s new government to open politically-motivated investigations into Joe Biden, Hunter Biden and an alleged Democrat conspiracy around the 2016 election.
Does that clear it up?
(Incidentally – or not – Matt doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to identifying potential wrongdoing)
It’s also worth noting that Whitaker, in his infinite wisdom, just tacitly acknowledged that Trump abused his office.
Great job, Matt! Now just implicate the president on national television another three-dozen times and you’ll be a regular Rudy Giuliani.
Ted Lieu was kind enough to remind Whitaker that “Article II of the Articles of Impeachment against Nixon was Abuse of Power”.
“Also, the Framers intended Impeachment to be a remedy for Abuse of Power”, Lieu went on to chide, adding that “soliciting a foreign nation to get dirt on your American political opponent is illegal”.