Donald Trump defended his decision to appoint Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general in a series of tweets after the resignation of Jeff Sessions this week.
In a series of late-night tweets from Paris, Trump repeated statements he made earlier in Washington in defense of Whitaker.
Whitaker was the chief of staff of Sessions until his boss deposited his duties on Wednesday at the request of the president.
Donald Trump (left) defended the appointment of Matthew Whitaker (right) as acting attorney general
Trump wrote a series of late tweets in which Matthew Whitaker was praised from Paris
Just before leaving for Paris, where he will attend events commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War, Trump said he knew Whitaker, but that the former American lawyer from Iowa was very thoughtful. 39; used to be.
His remarks contradicted the remarks he made last month on Fox News when he said that Whitaker was a "great guy and I mean, I know Matt Whitaker."
The president tweeted: Matthew G Whitaker is a highly respected former US attorney from Iowa.
& # 39; He was chosen by Jeff Sessions as his chief of staff. I did not know Mr. Whitaker. Likewise, as Chief, I did not know Whitaker, except in the first place because he traveled with AG Sessions. No social contact & # 39 ;.
He then tweeted that Iowa, Governor Joni Ernst, American Senator Chuck Grassley and US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad were among those who & # 39; very & # 39; thought of Whitaker.
Trump said that he did not know Whitaker & # 39 ;, but the former American lawyer was highly thought of & # 39;
The appointment only comes two days after Trump has dumped Sessions without mercy
The appointment only comes two days after Trump has dumped Sessions without mercy.
He led Whitaker to the head of the Ministry of Justice and the investigation of the special counselor to Russian interference with the 2016 elections.
Since then, there has been criticism of Whitaker's lack of credentials as the nation's most important law enforcement official, along with allegations that he has conflicts of interests that must prevent him from overseeing Russian investigations.
Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the highest Democrat of the room, sent a letter to Trump on Friday, stating that the appointment of Whitaker, head of the Sessions staff, was unconstitutional.
Eighteen public attorneys general signed Thursday a document calling on Whitaker to apologize for supervising the probe.
They quoted critical remarks about the research during media appearances before they came to the Ministry of Justice last year.
Matthew Whitaker joined the Justice Department in October 2017 as Chief of Staff of Sessions
Trump rejected the criticism that was said on Friday: "This is only because everyone who works for me, they do a number on them.
& # 39; The whole time I watch, many different people come to many different shows that say many different things. That does not mean that they are unsuitable & # 39 ;.
Some criticisms by Whitaker on the Russian probe include an editorial in which he said that Mueller would stray outside his mandate if he were to investigate Trump's family finances and a radio interview in which he said that there was no evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump. campaign existed.
Senator Susan Collins said on Friday that she wants the senate to argue about setting restrictions on Trump's ability to remove Mueller.
Collins said in Braunschweig that Whitaker's comments about the probe caused her to be "very worried." made about his appointment, adding that a bill would put pressure on Trump to let the investigation take its course.
Senator Susan Collins said Friday that she wants the senate to argue about setting restrictions on Trump's ability to remove Mueller
I acknowledge that the president will never sign such a bill, but I think the debate in the senate and the adoption of the law would send a very strong message to the president, & # 39; she said.
Whitaker said Friday in a statement to the staff of the Justice Department: "As we move on, I am determined to lead an honest department with the highest ethical standards, maintaining the rule of law and seeking justice for all Americans." ;
Trump suggested Friday that he was not surprised that the appointment of Whitaker would raise criticism from the Democrats.
& # 39; You had no problems with Matt Whitaker when he worked for Jeff Sessions, & # 39; said Mr. Trump.
It does not matter who I put in, they go after him & # 39 ;, Trump said about his appointees. & # 39; It is very sad & # 39 ;.