After firing Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump appointed Matthew Whitaker as the acting Attorney General. The only logical reason for Trump to circumvent the traditional chain of command (which would have resulted in Rod Rosenstein becoming the acting AG) is because Whitaker has openly opined that he believes the Mueller investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 election is a “witch hunt.”
We are pleased to announce that Matthew G. Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, will become our new Acting Attorney General of the United States. He will serve our Country well….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018
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As CNN reported:
In a CNN op-ed written last year,Whitaker argued that Mueller is “dangerously close to crossing” a red line following reports that Mueller was looking into Trump’s finances.
He argued that Mueller does not have “broad, far-reaching powers in this investigation,” but that the investigation’s limits are clearly defined by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s May 2017 letter appointing Mueller.
“It is time for Rosenstein, who is the acting attorney general for the purposes of this investigation, to order Mueller to limit the scope of his investigation to the four corners of the order appointing him special counsel,” he wrote then. “If he doesn’t, then Mueller’s investigation will eventually start to look like a political fishing expedition.”
And in a 2014 debate as a US Senate candidate, Whitaker said that judges with a “secular worldview” are problematic, as the Washington Post reported today:
“If they have a secular worldview, where this is all we have here on Earth, then I’m going to be very concerned about how they judge,” Whitaker says at the Family Leader debate ona videopublished in April 2014 by the progressive advocacy group Right Wing Watch.
… “Natural law often times is used from the eye of the beholder and what I would like to see — I’d like to see things like their world view, what informs them. Are they people of faith? Do they have a biblical view of justice? — which I think is very important because we all know that our government …”
“Levitical or New Testament?” interrupted Erickson.
“I’m a New Testament,” continued Whitaker. “And what I know is as long as they have that world view, that they’ll be a good judge. And if they have a secular world view, where this is all we have here on Earth, then I’m going to be very concerned about that judge.”
Religion has no place in government. After all, John Adams himself said that “… [T]he Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion…”
The United States is decidedly not a Christian nation, and our laws should not be guided or affected by mythical beliefs.