Matthew Whitaker, A Trump Apparatchik, Cleared To Oversee The Russia Probe

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Matthew Whitaker cleared to oversee Mueller probe after public criticism and involvement in "scam" company.

Following his public criticism of investigation, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has been cleared by the Justice Department to oversee the Mueller probe, according to USA Today

Whitaker's potential oversight had been questioned because he was sharply critical of the Mueller probe before he joined the department in 2017 as chief of staff to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Whitaker suggested the probe that began in May 2017 should end and that the department could starve it of funding.

Earlier this month, ABC News also reported on Matthew Whitaker’s involvement with the World Patent Marketing Inc., a inventor marketing company which the Federal Trade Commission identified as “a scam that has bilked thousands of consumers out of millions of dollars.”

Despite receiving multiple fraud complaints from customers, Whitaker, during his tenure with the company, allegedly continued to promote the company’s projects, according to FTC agency records recently released as the result of a Freedom of Information request by the Washington Post.

Although Whitaker was not accused of any wrongdoing during his time on the board of the company, many have shown concern about his ethics in relation to his role as the acting attorney general.

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