President Trump’s appointment of Jeff Sessions’ chief of staff Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general to temporarily replace Jeff Sessions is generating a lot of hysterical screaming from Democrats, who will not accept anything less than a totally unfettered special counsel.  Of course, Democrats in 2018 react with hysterical screaming to everything relating to Trump, so there’s little reason for Trump or his supporters to take them seriously.

To those who hate Trump, Robert Mueller is GOD, answerable to no one.  He is omnipotent and, if they have their way, is on the path to being omniscient as well.  The work of The Almighty must continue with no limits whatsoever until He finds some reason for a black mark in his Book Of Judgment that can serve as grounds for Trump’s removal from office.  We’ve known for a long time that this is the only thing that matters to Trump’s political enemies.  The Constitution means nothing to them unless they can use it to their own benefit.

 

To some, it even makes sense to upgrade deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to the top spot.  After all, they argue, he’s already supervising the Mueller investigation (very loosely, it seems), so why not just make it official?  They ignore the huge conflicts of interest that made it problematic –- even ludicrous –- for Rosenstein to be overseeing the special counsel in the first place.  Rosenstein should have recused himself long ago, so it makes no sense to give him a promotion now.

 

As legal expert Andrew C. McCarthy points out, Whitaker is considered by some to be a Trump “loyalist,” based not on anything he has actually done but on their interpretations of what he has said.  McCarthy makes the case that Whitaker has the credentials he should have for the job and seems to be a fine choice for this interim (“placeholder”) position –- perhaps even the permanent one.  He’s hoping that Whitaker could steer the Mueller investigation to a prompt and proper conclusion, but, of course, his hope is the Democrats’ fear.


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McCarthy allows that it’s not a good idea to have someone supervising an investigation that he’s commented on extensively, if only because it might tend to give the appearance of a lack of fairness or objectivity.  At the same time, though, he says Whitaker hasn’t really had that much to say about the special counsel, the Democrats’ screaming notwithstanding.

 

There was the appearance on CNN in which Whitaker said he could envision a scenario in which the special counsel’s activities could be ground to a halt by reining in his budget.  (I can still hear the Democrats’ screaming echoing in my ears about this one.)  But I'd like to point out that Whitaker WASN’T SAYING HE WOULD DO THAT.  He was only thinking out loud and saying he could imagine such a scenario.  As numerous legal experts have said, there is absolutely nothing about what he said that would preclude his taking this job.

 

Democrats also contend that Whitaker has come out forcefully and absolutely against the special counsel examining the President’s finances.  (That’s the argument they use for saying Trump’s appointment of him amounts to obstruction.)  But that’s wasn't exactly Whitaker’s position, according to McCarthy.  Whitaker simply offered the opinion that in order to review Trump’s finances, Mueller would “have to return to Rod Rosenstein for additional authority.”  How radical!  Actually, that would be the proper procedure for Mueller to follow.

 

Incidentally, McCarthy thinks that Sessions got a raw deal and that he performed admirably in his job.  Perhaps he did, to the extent that he could perform it, but I would say that if he anticipated that he'd have to recuse himself from such an important part of it, he shouldn’t have taken the job in the first place, or else he should have left early on.  McCarthy also notes that it was Rosenstein who appointed the special counsel, no Sessions.

 

Some critics are saying that because Whitaker was in a job (chief of staff) that didn’t require Senate confirmation, he could not become the “acting officer” for a job (attorney general) that did require it.  They are wrong; this is not accurate.  As McCarthy points out, under the relevant legislation, the Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, the President may name an acting officer who may serve for up to 210 days as long as this person has been working at the agency or department in a fairly high-ranking position for at least 90 days.  Since Whitaker became Sessions’ chief of staff in October of 2017, he easily qualifies.  He also has excellent credentials and influential references, which McCarthy details.

 

McCarthy also reviews the extensive conflicts Rosenstein has with overseeing the Mueller investigation.  (We've covered them for many months and know them well.)  Given the magnitude of those, and the media’s indifference to them, McCarthy is “amused” by the media’s “pearl-clutching” over the prospect of Whitaker’s supervision of Mueller’s investigation.

 

Critics cite the opinion essay that Whitaker wrote for CNN a couple of months before he joined the Trump administration that defended a statement made by Trump that looking into his personal finances would, Trump thought, be a violation, because “this is about Russia.”  But Whitaker did not say that Trump’s finances were off-limits no matter what.  He simply agreed with Trump that any look into his finances would have to be connected to Russia, or else the investigation would look like a witch hunt.  Again, radical!

 

Whitaker's op-ed seems perfectly reasonable to me.  In fact, it’s excellent.  I’ve included a link to it so you can see for yourself.

 

https://www.cnn.com/2017/08/06/opinions/rosenstein-should-curb-mueller-whittaker-opinion/index.html

 

Anyway, with all the hysteria from the anti-Trump wing, Matt Whitaker seems to be a good choice to take Sessions’ job, at least for now.  Keep in mind that Democrats are going to scream at anything Trump does and anyone he appoints.  There is nothing he can do that will be met with anything but resistance in return.  It gets to the point where one just has to tune them out.  And one thing I like about Trump is his ability to do that.

 

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/11/matthew-whittaker-jeff-sessions-replacement-excellent-choice/

 

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  • Linda Olds

    11/11/2018 11:43 PM

    I'm disappointed in the American public. By voting in so many Democrats to the House, they are ensuring more obstruction and investigation. Apparently, that's what they want, instead of Congress working together in a bipartisan way to get things done.
    Too many people are being brainwashed by the liberal media to think that President Trump is the biggest liar ever (they don't remember Harry Reid boasting about lying as a good way to get rid of opponents?). They think that bad hair and makeup, and a crude speaking style are more important than all of the good things that are getting done under Trump.. Of course, if they only watch or read liberal media, they aren't even informed about these things.
    Republicans need to get the message out about these things...or are some of them thinking that if Trump goes down, under the weight of all the false accusations, they can step in as presidential candidates?

  • kathleen f pendlebury

    11/11/2018 08:48 PM

    I may be wrong about this, but I recall that Mueller was in the running for a top position at the FBI but President Trump chose someone else instead. This scenario gives Mueller the proverbial ax to grind. Why has he not recused himself? As a matter of fact, why has this investigation not been brought to a close, given that we know that it was conceived through fraud?

  • Kathy Wingate

    11/10/2018 01:04 AM

    Here's my take on the Whitaker appointment. It seems he revealed his idea of a plan to choke Mueller's investigation by cutting his funds, in a much too public forum, and prematurely, sort of letting the cat out of the bag, too soon...thus, giving Mueller and Rosenstein a lot of time to come up with their own plan to counter. This was an indiscretion on Whitaker's part, which could conceivably damage POTUS and his plans in the longer term, possibly. Now, the cat is out of the bag, we just have to wait and see the consequence in time. I hope he won't be discussing future plans publically now that he's in this position. Thanks for your scoop we can trust!

  • Elizabeth Wagner

    11/09/2018 11:00 PM

    President Trump now has nothing to lose on this front. Since dems "won" back the House, they'll throw everything they have at him, so he might as well do what he wants to do and appoint anyone he likes, within the limits of the law.

    I hope he will release the unredacted documents soon, too. A slow, selective drip could prove very effective.

  • Anita Mae Barker

    11/09/2018 07:41 PM

    Go McCarthy. Good man!!

  • Dee

    11/09/2018 07:39 PM

    I feel confident that President Trump not only thought long and hard about letting Sessions go but also who his predecessor would be. I think he has given up on the Mueller investigation ever ending anyway. It is in a never ending stall pattern. Unlike the lefties, I have utmost confidence in President Trump. I have felt more secure financially, and most other ways during his leadership. As we of good sense realize, he is a good and decent man with our countrys best interest in mind at all times. The undeserved and exaggerated consistent attacks on his presidency have not been for the faint of heart. Thank God for his strength and patriotism. And this ballot bluff by Dems in Florida and Georgia needs to call to attention any and all excellent Conservative attorneys to assist in bringing this to a quick end. I know many good American folks share a lot of my thoughts. We need a greater mobilization effort by Conservatives to stand for our beliefs. We are NOT facists, nazis, or any other horrible term inflicted on us by the Left. And neither, is our faithful President Trump. Give Sarah a hug, WE love and support her, and you!
    Thank you:)
    Dee

  • Dee Hay

    11/09/2018 06:25 PM

    Your article on the off duty officers shielding patrons body's during the Ca. shooting leaves me puzzled. Why would an off duty officer not be carrying a concealed weapon?
    1. He is always subject to being called back on duty during during an emergency, which this was.
    2. Several lives could have been saved if the shooter had been taken out early.
    But I digress, it happened in California, so everybody is safer if no one has a gun. Wake up America!!!!

  • David Molony

    11/09/2018 05:34 PM

    I think Trump should use Whittaker as a junk yard dog doing all the things Sessions wouldn't because he was so nice. Investigation of fast and furious? Sure. Grand jury tomorrow. Hillary's uranium one? Same! Congressional leaks? Jail time! Then, whoever Trump picks for permanent
    AG will get a short hearing before acceptance.

  • Diane Reed

    11/09/2018 04:38 PM

    Mike-I’ve been told that Donald Trimp declares bankruptcy several times and then borrowed millions of dollRs from a German bank that had Russian bs king and that is the point of contingency. Is their any truth to this and if so what are the implications?

    I used to be Democrat until they got so crazy and totally exited God from their platform. I really don’t like many things about Donald Trump but I do like what he’s done for the economy. I feel helpless regarding our nation and the hate against the right. I am no longer on FB due to the hate.

  • Bill Mills

    11/09/2018 04:29 PM

    Could you please shed some light on why rational people would vote for a Democrat? Are they clueless or misinformed? I just don't get it. Don't they know that nothing will be accomplished for the next two years. Apparently the only thing on the minds of the Democratic leadership in the House is to seek revenge on President Trump, and forget about what's good for the country.

  • ROBERT MCFATE

    11/09/2018 03:41 PM

    There are no laws, that I am aware of that requires a candidate to release his tax returns. That was a tradition that was started but no laws have been passed to make it a requirement. They could make a law now but it could not be used against Trump as there is that little Constitutional problem of post defacto!

  • Nelda White

    11/09/2018 03:39 PM

    when people think they are God, then God handles it, in His own way and in His own time. it almost makes you feel sorry for them, except God comes first and no one else. His Will not ours.

  • Laszlo Denes

    11/09/2018 03:04 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee,

    During the past two years of the Trump presidency, and actually for at least the past five or ten years if not longer, I have come to realize that the more Democrats scream about something, the better it is for our country. And vice-versa, when the Democrats are fully behind a person or a policy is the time we should all be very suspicious indeed. The higher the decibel level of their screams, and the more violent their meltdown rhetoric, the better for the rest of us.

    The Democrats who were the loudest protestors against the nomination of Jeff Sessions are the very same Democrats who are now the loudest protestors against his firing. The same was the case with James Comey during the 2016 campaign, and then after his firing in 2017.

    If Donald J. Trump found the cure for cancer, the Democrat outcry for putting a multi-billion dollar cancer research industry out of business would be deafening. It would be called a "heartless and brainless" act by Chuck Schumer.

    Respectfully,

    Laszlo Denes
    Jackson Heights, NY

  • Norman North

    11/09/2018 03:04 PM

    Mike:
    I think you should expound on the orders of Jeff Sessions just prior to his departure regarding police powers and school districts. For too long our Constitution has been ignored by school districts especially with regard to substitute teachers engaging in protected speech. Districts have fired good substitute teachers, especially in Arkansas for no cause and yet they are never held accountable for these un-Constitutional actions. Instead the subs lives come apart and no one cares. What about their fundamental Constitutional rights. Will they be restored under Matthew Whitaker or Jeff Sessions' replacement? Will Associate Justice Brett Kananaugh and other conservative justices protect the Constitutional rights of substitute teachers?

    Thanks.

  • Mary B Taylor

    11/09/2018 03:03 PM

    I just wanted to say that I believe Mr. Jeff Sessions is a courageous and honorable man. I think he did the right thing in recusing himself in the Mueller investigation and that the persecution and continual attacks he received from our president are shameful. He was a very effective AG. I have always thought of you, Mr. Huckabee, in the same vein. I pray that Mr. Sessions will run again and succeed in a future bid for public office. I would also encourage you to run and succeed in public office. Please convey this message to Mr. Sessions. I just could not figure out how to write to him and wish him well. M. Barbara Taylor, Lawrenceville, Virginia

  • Dot Whitley

    11/09/2018 02:52 PM

    Keep Matt Whitaker, and ignore the democrat's screeming. Obviously they love to hear each other's screeming, so let them have some fun.
    I don't find it hard at all to ignore rotten children. As long as I don't give in to them all is well.
    Dot

  • Andrew Humes

    11/09/2018 02:31 PM

    Dear Gov. Huckabee,
    Another excellent piece!
    Re paragraph 9, although you cite the rule allowing Whitaker, you neglect to mention that, as Trump recently reminded us, Robert Mueller was not confirmed by the Senate,(nor is it likely he would have been, if questioned by the Senate, due to his many conflicts of interest, etc.), whereas Matthew Whitaker was, as a US Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa. I think this is a very important point that you might want to include in your big picture article.
    Thank you for your always worthwhile writings.
    Sincerely, Andrew Humes

  • Deborah McCallum

    11/09/2018 02:30 PM

    I am curious as to why seemingly none of the mob at the home of Tucker Carlson were either held for questioning or charged with trespassing or damage to property.
    Do you have thoughts or info on this question? Unfortunately, there will probably be other public or media reps victimized if their home addresses were made public.

  • Jerry korba

    11/09/2018 01:44 PM

    People can anyone American tell me what Congress is doing now to protect me from illegals or how about lowering my health care costs or lowering my taxes income and property i would like to know the cost of this cogress playing dick tracy could these people please get back to work our President works more in a month than these dead beats do in their full term. Please take care of the problems u have kicked down the road for decades or return my tax dollars rescind your healthcare benefits and the perdieam and all your benefits don't bother looking in the mirror a working person will not appear the mirror is not magical

  • Loretta Browning

    11/09/2018 01:27 PM

    Mike, we love everything you have to say. And also your TBN Show.
    I am a very elderly Grandmother.. But when it was Prophsied in 2007 (by Kim Clemment)
    that Trump would be a Trumpet to lead this Nation. He also said that the man that watched over N.Y. 9/11
    would watch over this Nation... That is Rudy G. Some how I believe you will get this word to the President.. Chris Christi
    is not the man God has in His Mind... I believe this message will accomplish the intended purpose of God Almighty...Blessings Loretta

  • Judy L Copp

    11/09/2018 01:23 PM

    I watched Tracy Beanz video about Matt Whitacker, and was very impressed with him, seems to be tough and excellent choice.

  • Bobbett Tomsen

    11/09/2018 01:09 PM

    Gov. Huckabee, very thoughtful and insightful post.

    The party of love and tolerance are showing their true colors. They would rather have someone in the position who is a part of their agenda which Deputy AG Rosenstein has proven over and over that he is a part of their agenda. He is compromised as well by signing off on the fake dossier.

    He tried to set Pres. Trump up by advising the President to fire FBI Dir. Comey thus, starting all of this Russian collusion, which we who have been following this whole boondoggle, can clearly see.

    I fail to understand how they can use tax payer money so wastefully on a bogus investigation based on false information and justify spending $30+ million dollars of taxpayer money.

  • Janice Short

    11/09/2018 01:08 PM

    The Democrats will whine & scream no matter what President Trump does! If the media would stop publicising all their whines & screams I think they would tone it down, or maybe not. The Democrats are pathetic!!!

  • Lawrence E. Foster

    11/09/2018 12:55 PM

    Whoever Trump appoints as AG should recognize we have an established precedent for dealing with subpoenas of the President (or other cabinet members). I call it the obama-Holder precedent. Remember Holder was held in contempt by Congress (as well as much of the thinking population of the US). Subpoenas to get Holder to come before congress and testify about Fast and Furious were ignored. Just as Mitch mcConnel cited the (Bloviatin' Joe) Biden rule for not advancing Merritt Garland's nomination for SCOTUS, the new AG should cite the Obama-Holder precedent and ignore any subpoenas from democrat committee chairs.

  • Gerrit W. Kenyon

    11/09/2018 12:52 PM

    Hope you enjoyed Sue Duffield the other night. I gave her, her first concert as a teen when did so well in the Assemblies of God teen-talent. Pastor Emeritus Gerritt W Kenyon, First Assembly, Millville NJ