Just one day following the midterm elections, the President of the United States has accepted the resignation of his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, as reported by CNBC. The Attorney General’s Chief of Staff, Matthew Whitaker, will serve as the acting Attorney General until President Trump nominates a replacement, who will then need to seek confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
Whitaker will also take over the day to day duties in overseeing the ongoing investigation currently being carried out by Special Counsel, Robert Mueller.
President Trump announced the decision via Twitter. “We are pleased to announce that Matthew G. Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, will become our new Acting Attorney General of the United States,” tweeted President Trump. “He will serve our country well.”
President Trump also tweeted his thanks to the outgoing Attorney General. “We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date,” the President concluded.
Sarah Sanders stated that the White House received a resignation letter from Attorney General Sessions early Wednesday morning, that of which the President accepted.
In 2004, Whitaker was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa by President George W. Bush. Whitaker resigned from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2009 following the appointment and confirmation of Nicholas Klinefeldt, a President Obama appointee.
The new Acting Attorney General is already being attacked by Democrat critics who are claiming Whitaker once headed a non-profit responsible for investing “dark money” into Supreme Court battles.
In reality, Whitaker was Executive Director of the Foundation for Accountability & Civic Trust (FACT.) FACT is a conservative, non-profit 501(c) (3) organization, dedicated to promoting accountability, ethics, and transparency in government. In essence, FACT non-profit organization that outs public officials who put their own self-interests above that of the public good.
A left-wing website named OpenSecrets is claiming that the Foundation for Accountability & Civic Trust (FACT) has a “penchant for keeping their donor lists a secret.” This is patently false, as FACT is organized as a 501 (c) (3) and is required to disclose their donor lists with the IRS.
Under the current regulations, charities organized under section 501 (c) (3) are still required to report their donors, as reported by Bloomberg. These groups are also barred from spending money in order to influence elections.
Of course, there will be more desperate attempts by the mainstream media to defame and besmirch the character of anyone who wields authority under the Trump Administration, regardless of how short the tenure might be.
Though Republicans lost the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, the midterm elections delivered a stronger GOP majority in the Senate which will go a long way in confirming the President’s future nominee for Attorney General. The President will certainly be looking for loyalty from the Senate when the confirmation process nears.
We, as Americans, can only hope that Senate Democrats treat the Attorney General Confirmation process in contrast with how they treated the Supreme Court Confirmation process, with dignity, respect, and fairness.
Hope, we will. Expect, we will not.
Over the past two years Democrats have thrown civility out of the window in exchange for vitriol and divisiveness via identity politics. It’s time for decorum to be restored and it’s up to Democrats to reign-in what’s left of their rationality in order to avoid another Senate mud fight. Another contentious Senate Confirmation battle will only divide the country further and ultimately result in legislative gridlock for the next two years.
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