When it seemed likely that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would resign or be terminated, White House aides reportedly rallied around a replacement who previously said judicial nominees should have a “biblical view of justice”, according to The New York Times.
Matthew G. Whitaker, the chief of staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, was told he would become the acting deputy attorney general if Rosenstein were to vacate the position.
> A native of Des Moines, Mr. Whitaker earned undergraduate, business and law school degrees from the University of Iowa, where he also played tight end for a Hawkeyes team that went to the Rose Bowl and once caught a touchdown pass on a faked field goal.
> He went on to serve as United States attorney for the Southern District of Iowa from 2004 to 2009, and he ran unsuccessfully for Senate in 2014. Mr. Whitaker also has a connection to the evangelical voters who helped propel Mr. Trump to the White House — during his Senate campaign, Mr. Whitaker said at a forum for Republican candidates that if elected, he would ask judicial nominees whether they were “people of faith” who had “a biblical view of justice.”
The Times noted that Whitaker has also been floated by administration officials as a potential successor to White House counsel Donald McGahn, who intends to leave in the fall.