According to acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s resume, he was named an Academic All-American during his time playing football for the University of Iowa — but it turns out Whitaker’s claims are false, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Whitaker claimed the Academic All-American status in his biography on the website of the law firm where he used to work, as well as on a résumé he sent in 2014 to a patent-marketing firm, according to the newspaper.
The Journal reported that the résumé was also included in documents that the Federal Trade Commission released in November and that the claim was included in a 2009 press release from the Department of Justice.
Whitaker, whom President Trumpnamed acting attorney general last month, also made the claim when he applied to be a judge in Iowa in 2010, according to the newspaper.
Rather than the Academic All-American award he claimed, Whitaker was given a lower honor — the All-District honor — according to College Sports Information Directors of America spokeswoman Barb Kowal.
Kowal told the Journal there was no record Whitaker receiving the higher honor.
The Hill noted that the Justice Department official’s name also does not appear on the organization’s website, which lists past Academic All-Americans — an honor for which student athletes with at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average may be nominated.
Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupac told the Journal that Whitaker used a 1993 media guide that named him as a “GTE District VII academic All-American" when he listed the honor on his résumé.
Kowal told the newspaper that Whitaker was actually a “1992 GTE District VII Academic All-District selection.” She added that the organization was less organized in the 1990s and that "people over time use terms interchangeably and innocently.”