Matthew Whitaker's role as acting attorney general may be short-lived, and that's not just Democrats talking. "I don't know Matt Whitaker," Trump said Friday before flying off to France—a noticeable change from his October statement on Fox News that Whitaker is "a great guy." At the same time, Sen. Mitch McConnell said "I think this will be a very interim AG" and Sen. Susan Collins expressed concern over Whitaker's past remarks, the AP reports. She also wants legislative limits on how special counsel Robert Mueller can be fired, including the stipulation that only a Justice Dept. official confirmed by the Senate can do it. Whitaker, of course, isn't Senate-confirmed. Why the fuss over Whitaker?
- The scam: For one thing, Whitaker was a paid advisory-board member of a Florida company at a time when it allegedly scammed customers out of $26 million, the Wall Street Journal reports. World Patent Marketing Inc. charged people thousands to promote and patent their inventions, but did nothing for them, per the Federal Trade Commission. The FBI is investigating.