According to a department spokeswoman, former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has left the Department of Justice. The circumstances of his departure are unclear, as is the possibility that he might seek another position in the Trump administration.
Whitaker’s departure comes less than a month after William Barr was sworn in as President Donald Trump’s next attorney general. Since then, he held position as a senior counselor at the Justice Department. Whitaker was also the chief of staff for former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
When Sessions was replaced by Whitaker in November, Democrats expressed concern that the outspoken critic of the Mueller probe would present an area of potential conflict for the investigation. The House Judiciary Committee grilled Whitaker on the Mueller investigation and communications with Trump during a hearing last month. Whitaker insisted that he hadn’t interfered with the probe. Barr now has the power to oversee the final stages of the probe and the final report that is shared with Congress.
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