Fox News anchor Chris Wallace grilled President Donald Trump on Sunday over his appointment of Matthew Whitaker as Acting Attorney General, and pressed him on whether or not he intends to kill the Russia investigation.
Trump appointed Whitaker after firing Jeff Sessions after the day after the midterm election, a move that many legal experts say in unconstitutional because Whitaker was never confirmed by the Senate for an office within the Justice Department, including his position as Sessions’ chief of staff.
It is speculated that Trump chose Whitaker because of his frequent attacks on Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the Russia investigation.
During the interview, Wallace showed Trump video of Whitaker’s criticism of the investigation, including suggesting that a new Attorney General could step in after Sessions and defund the probe in order to bring it to a halt and repeating Trump’s claim that there was “no collusion.”
Trump feigned ignorance of Whitaker’s views after Wallace asked if they factored into his decision.
“I did not know that,” he said. “I did not know that he took views on the Mueller investigation as such. I don’t think it had any effect. If you look at his statements, they really can be viewed either way.”
No, they can’t. Whitaker clearly has a bias against Mueller and the Russia probe. Trump, despite falsely claiming that he didn’t know Whitaker before appointing him as the nation’s top law enforcement officer, must have known about Whitaker’s past statements, especially since Trump enjoys watching his people defend him on television.
“He says there’s no collusion,” Wallace said, drawing a response from Trump that suggests he only wanted to appoint an Attorney General who would be hostile toward the investigation.
“What do you do when a person’s right?” Trump replied. “There is no collusion. He happens to be right. I mean, he said it. So, if he said there is collusion, I’m supposed to be taking somebody who says there is? Because then I wouldn’t take him.”
That statement says it all. Trump had to have known about Whitaker’s anti-Mueller bias because he would not have appointed him otherwise.
Trump went on to claim that he won’t get involved with Whitaker’s decisions regarding the probe but seemed to suggest that he do the “right thing,” which to Trump means kill the investigation. He then ranted about the FBI and various law enforcement officials who were involved in the probe and confirmed that he has no intention to actually sit down with Mueller to answer questions.
“I think we’ve wasted enough time on this witch hunt,” he said. “The answer is probably we’re finished.”
Wallace asked Trump what the odds are that he will end the probe.
“I don’t do odds,” Trump said, drawing a laugh from Wallace, who reminded Trump that he ran a casino..
“You’re right,” Trump responded. “And very successfully, actually.”
Yeah, so “successfully” that his casinos went bankrupt.
Here’s the video via YouTube.
It should be pointed out that ending the probe would go against the wishes of the American people as a majority support Mueller and say that he should be allowed to complete his investigation unimpeded.
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