Following Attorney General Jeff Sessions unexpected ouster Wednesday afternoon, President Donald Trump assigned a temporary replacement who it turns out believes that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton deserved to be indicted in 2016.
“I would indict Hillary Clinton,” Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker bluntly wrote in an op-ed for USA Today on July 5, 2016, hours after then-FBI Director James Comey announced his intention to not pursue charges against the former secretary of state.
Throughout 2015 and 2016, the bureau investigated Clinton over her improper handling of State Department correspondence. Evidence shows that during her tenure as the secretary of state from 2009 to 2013, she repeatedly used an unsecured personal email server to send and receive classified information. She later lied about it.
The video below contrasts the former secretary of state’s lies with the bureau’s conclusions:
Despite the abundance of evidence against Clinton, Comey ultimately chose to not forward her case to then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch for prosecution. This decision irked Whitaker.
“Director Comey’s judgment was that ‘no reasonable prosecutor’ would bring the case,” Whitaker’s op-ed continued. “I disagree. I believe myself to have been a reasonable prosecutor, and when the facts and evidence show a criminal violation has been committed, the individuals involved should not dictate whether the case is prosecuted.”
In a statement released roughly a year later through the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, where at the time he served as executive director, the current acting attorney general slammed Clinton for still refusing to take any responsibility for her behavior.
— Joshua Benton (@jbenton) November 7, 2018
“The most disturbing aspect of Hillary Clinton’s continued blame game is that she still doesn’t think there was anything wrong with recklessly handling highly sensitive and classified information, intentionally instructing her staff to do the same and then lying to the entire world about it at the United Nations of all places,” he wrote
“The American people entrusted her with a great responsibility to put our national security above her own political interests and the fact that she is now asking them to forget her egregious actions is downright shameful.”
Exactly four months after Whitaker dropped this statement, Sessions appointed him to serve as his chief of staff. Then after Sessions’ unexpected resignation around 2:45 pm this Wednesday, the president upgraded him from chief of staff to acting attorney general:
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. He will serve our Country well….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018
….We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018
While it remains unclear how long the president intends to keep Whitaker in Sessions’ abandoned post — no permanent replacements had been named as of Thursday — the growing fear among the left is that the acting attorney general may use his newfound power to drop the hammer on Clinton.
Conversely, the reaction among conservatives appears to be one of joy and hope that Clinton might indeed finally be brought to justice.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) November 8, 2018
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has said in the past he would indict Hillary Clinton.
Now is the time! We cannot let her get away with all her crimes. #LockHerUp
— Julio Gonzalez (@TaxReformExpert) November 8, 2018
In honor of acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker I’ve created a meme based on his time at FACT.
“We will continue to vigorously hold the lantern over unethical behavior..”
He is “The Lantern” today.
— ᴅʀ_ϙᴜɪɢʟᴇʏ (@CarrollQuigley1) November 8, 2018
New acting AG Whitaker in 2016 says….. !!! I hope he does “lock her up”.https://t.co/rSM636qY1e
— Angel Wings ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@doubletapper44) November 8, 2018
I recall that Trump, at one of rallies a few weeks ago, responded to the “lock her up” chant something along the lines of “We’re working on that. Some of these things take longer.” I won’t be surprised if Whitaker opens a criminal investigation into HRC.
— Kay Brizzie 🍁🍂🍁 (@kbrizzie1020) November 8, 2018
— Priscilla (@MaeMee) November 8, 2018
.@HillaryClinton Here comes Matthew Whitaker – pay the price for killing Americans because you exposed classified information on your illegal email server which resulted in American deaths to hide your illegal activities. #LockHerUp
— Jobs Not Mobs (@High_Run_526) November 7, 2018
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