President Donald Trump’s acting attorney general, who took over after Trump forced out Jeff Sessions last week, previously has said he believes special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation has gone too far, and he has also called for the indictment of Hillary Clinton.
> Matthew Whitaker, who was Sessions' chief of staff, is expected to take over oversight of Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether Trump campaign associates colluded with Russia. A source close to the President told CNN that the idea of Whitaker ending or suppressing the Russia probe is not an option as of now.
But like Trump — who has called the Mueller investigation a “hoax” and a “witch hunt” countless times — Whitaker has shown he is not a fan of the Russia probe.
> He argued that Mueller does not have "broad, far-reaching powers in this investigation," but that the investigation's limits are clearly defined by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's May 2017 letter appointing Mueller.
> "It is time for Rosenstein, who is the acting attorney general for the purposes of this investigation, to order Mueller to limit the scope of his investigation to the four corners of the order appointing him special counsel," he wrote then. "If he doesn't, then Mueller's investigation will eventually start to look like a political fishing expedition."
Whitaker also argued in 2016 that “there was a strong case” for indicting Clinton.
> On the day that then-FBI Director James Comey said he wouldn't recommend criminal charges against Clinton into her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, Whitaker penned an op-ed in USA Today arguing that she should be prosecuted.
> "Our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case," Comey said at a news conference in July 2016.
> "I disagree," Whitaker wrote hours after. "I believe myself to have been a reasonable prosecutor, and when the facts and evidence show a criminal violation has been committed, the individuals involved should not dictate whether the case is prosecuted."