IMO, the fact that Trump hasn’t ditched his new mook (or, to be precise, had someone ditch Whitaker for him) would seem to indicate that the Oval Office Occupant is running out of half-decent alternatives.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) November 11, 2018
Trump literally thinks Attorney General is his bodyguard. pic.twitter.com/iEcrH34PSV
— Schooley (@Rschooley) November 9, 2018
If Whitaker doesn't recuse himself and has any involvement in Mueller's probe, we will expose it, including whether he made any commitments to Trump, is serving as a back channel, or interfering in the probe.
He will be held accountable. There must be no ambiguity about that. pic.twitter.com/ZpNmOynWLi
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) November 11, 2018
Chris Christie on ABC, on Whitaker: "I think he's really there to land the Mueller investigation, to get it done. … What the president's attempting to do here is to have someone who's already been involved, to get the Mueller investigation to its completion."
— Will Saletan (@saletan) November 11, 2018
Lindsey Graham says he spoke with Whitaker yesterday and will meet with him this week. “I don’t think he has to recuse himself,” Graham says on CBS, adding that Mueller will be “able to do his job” without “political interference” from Whitaker.
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) November 11, 2018
My interpretation: Lindsey Graham is desperate to be the next Attorney General, if just for a single day. Chris Christie, on the other hand, still believes he may have a politics-adjacent future… as long as he stays well away from Trump!
“I think this will be a very interim AG,” Mitch McConnell said of Matt Whitaker. “I expect we’ll get a new nominee quickly for the job.” https://t.co/pBurtRdp2A
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) November 9, 2018
“Very interim” is not exactly a ringing pronouncement in Whitaker’s favor…
Fact check: The White House pressured Sessions to make Whitaker his chief of staff. https://t.co/NfercUDLwz
— Michael S. Schmidt (@nytmike) November 10, 2018
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) November 10, 2018