Acting AG Matthew Whitaker Once Wrote Op-Ed Stating “Mueller’s Investigation Of Trump Is Going Too Far”

On August 6, 2017, Acting United States Attorney General Matthew Whitaker wrote a CNN op-ed discussing his thoughts on the legality of the Mueller Probe.  The article was titled “Mueller’s Investigation Of Trump Is Going Too Far.”

Whitaker assumed the role of Acting AG following Jeff Sessions resignation earlier today.  Sessions resignation removes Rod Rosenstein from his oversight of the Mueller Probe and hands over that responsibility to Whitaker, who is now the acting AG.

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Some excerpts of the article shown below paint a clear picture of Whitaker’s position on the Mueller Probe:

Last month, when President Donald Trump was asked by The New York Times if special counsel Robert Mueller would be crossing a line if he started investigating the finances of Trump and his family, the President said, “I think that’s a violation. Look, this is about Russia.”
The President is absolutely correct. Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russia 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing.

In an interview with The Times last summer, Trump was asked if Mueller happened to look into “your finances and your family finances, unrelated to Russia – is that a red line?”

“I would say yeah. I would say yes,” Trump answered.

According to a CNN article, Mueller’s investigators could be looking into financial records relating to the Trump Organization that are unrelated to the 2016 election. According to these reports, “sources described an investigation that has widened to focus on possible financial crimes, some unconnected to the 2016 election.” The piece goes on to cite law enforcement sources who say non-Russia-related leads that “involve Trump associates” are being referred to the special counsel “to encourage subjects of the investigation to cooperate.”
News week reported that the president then said it would be a “violation” if Mueller started to look into his billions. Trump has lashed out at the Russia investigation before on Twitter, calling it “fake news” and a “witch hunt” intent on discrediting his victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016. Trump has also vehemently denied any collusion between his former campaign and Russia to win the White House.
This information is deeply concerning to me. It does not take a lawyer or even a former federal prosecutor like myself to conclude that investigating Donald Trump’s finances or his family’s finances falls completely outside of the realm of his 2016 campaign and allegations that the campaign coordinated with the Russian government or anyone else. That goes beyond the scope of the appointment of the special counsel.
With Attorney General Whitaker’s clear position of the Mueller Probe public, critics are citing a conflict of interest while others are calling for an immediate end to the investigation.
What are your thoughts?  Will the investigation continue?  Will AG Whitaker recuse himself?   Let us know below..
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