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Former Iowa football player Matt Whitaker installed as acting Attorney General after Jeff Sessions resigns


This news story was published on November 9, 2018.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – A former football player for the University of Iowa has been installed by the White House as the acting Attorney General after Jeff Sessions resigned.

Matthew G. Whitaker is serving as Acting Attorney General. Whitaker was a tight end for the Iowa Hawkeyes under coach Hayden Fry. Prior to becoming Acting Attorney General, Mr. Whitaker served as Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He was appointed as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa on June 15, 2004 by President George W. Bush. While U.S. Attorney, he served on the Controlled Substances and Asset Forfeiture Subcommittee of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee and was a member of both the White Collar Crime Subcommittee and the Violent and Organized Crime Subcommittee. Previously, Whitaker was a managing partner of Des Moines based law firm, Whitaker Hagenow & Gustoff LLP. He was also the Executive Director for FACT, The Foundation for Accountability & Civic Trust, between 2014 and 2017.

Mr. Whitaker graduated with a Master of Business Administration, Juris Doctor, and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Iowa.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley issued the following statement on the resignation of United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

“Jeff Sessions is a dedicated public servant and man of honor. I was proud to serve alongside him in the United States Senate for over twenty years. His leadership, integrity and dedication to our country as Attorney General are admirable and commendable. Jeff deserves the thanks of the nation for his service. I remain personally grateful for his valued friendship over the years.

“I look forward to working with Matt Whitaker as he takes the helm of the Justice Department. A fellow Iowan, who I’ve known for many years, Matt will work hard and make us proud. The Justice Department is in good hands during this time of transition.”

Joni Ernst

Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) issued the following statement with regard to the resignation of United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions:

“Jeff Sessions has always been a strong leader who has served our nation and the state of Alabama well, both in the United States Senate and as the U.S. Attorney General. He should be commended for prosecuting the largest number of violent offenders and firearm defendants in our nation’s history; taking on violent gangs like MS-13 and restoring immigration enforcement to the United States. He also has been on the forefront of the charge against our nation’s opioid epidemic, by increasing prosecutions and stopping illegal drugs at the border. Our nation owes him a debt of gratitude for his service and commitment to the rule of law.

“Fellow Iowan Matt Whitaker is a man of integrity and values. As Acting Attorney General, Matt Whitaker is a steady hand that will provide good leadership and judgment, and will ensure that the United States Department of Justice upholds the highest standards of the rule of law.”

President Trump

President Donald Trump also issued a statement Friday night, saying, “Matthew G. Whitaker is a highly respected former U.S. Attorney from Iowa. He was chosen by Jeff Sessions to be his Chief of Staff. I did not know Mr. Whitaker. Likewise, as Chief, I did not know Mr. Whitaker except primarily as he traveled with A.G. Sessions. No social contact. Mr. Whitaker is very highly thought of by @SenJoniErnst, Senator @ChuckGrassley, Ambassador @TerryBranstad, Leonard Leo of Federalist Society, and many more. I feel certain he will make an outstanding Acting Attorney General!”

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14 Responses to Former Iowa football player Matt Whitaker installed as acting Attorney General after Jeff Sessions resigns

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    "I don't know him" Reply Report comment

    November 12, 2018 at 8:49 am

    Another unqualified hitler youth hired to help Trump cover his crimes.

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    Trump is a tool Reply Report comment

    November 11, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    Sessions did not resign. He was fired. A long time Trump supporter who still supports Trump and almost all his policies was dumped because he won’t do something unethical and illegal.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 12, 2018 at 6:05 am

      He was fired for not doing his job. He is nothing but a closet liberal and part of the Deep State.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        November 12, 2018 at 9:19 am

        Funny, if you won’t do unethical things then suddenly you are a closet dem. You people crack me up! Haha

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        November 12, 2018 at 10:49 am

        You need to check into 5 East.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 10, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks for keeping track of me – but like most liberal demcraps you are like buffalo turd on the prairie. But not to worry your my favorite turd and I wouldn’t chit you like you do everybody else. MAGA !

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 10, 2018 at 9:53 am

    8:11 am. 8:49 am. 8:51 am. Give it a rest. Trump’s already walking back any praise, and even that he knows him at all. McConnell says it will be a “very short-lived” tenure.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 10, 2018 at 8:51 am

    Anyone would be better than JEFFY !

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 10, 2018 at 8:49 am

    Jeff Sessions was not helpful to the Trump administration and only helped the demcraps put off more liberal corruption. Remember the poem THE SNAKE ! Which was one of Trump’s favorites – comparing the dems to snakes ? Well that old lady in the poem turns out to be the old lady in charge of votes for over 20 years in Florida – Brower county – turns out she is the SNAKE – PS Brower county school shooting -17 dead students – Brower county sheriffs dept hiding out in the parking lot while students being killed – Palm Springs police arrived and went into school – Nothing American about the people in charge in Browwwwer County.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      November 10, 2018 at 10:41 am

      You republicians sure do bitch a lot. Quick your crying and move on for goodness sake.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        November 11, 2018 at 1:42 pm

        The crooked Democrats give us lots of reasons to bitch.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          November 12, 2018 at 9:21 am

          Haha ya right. You people would bitch about a wet dream.

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            Anonymous

            November 12, 2018 at 2:04 pm

            That lets you out.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 10, 2018 at 8:11 am

    Great choice. He will do a great job supporting our President and our country from traitor liberals.