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Trump’s Top Lawman Cut Teeth With Partisan Attacks

  • Whitaker’s CNN appearances seen part of push for judgeship
  • His work for FACT was funded through undisclosed donations
Matthew Whitaker
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Matthew Whitaker’s plan to get noticed as a Trump defender worked out better than expected.

Whitaker was waiting off-set at CNN in June 2017 when he and another guest struck up a conversation. The two men, both former Justice Department officials, talked about work and family. The fellow guest, St. John’s University law professor John Q. Barrett, recalls asking Whitaker what had prompted him to go on television to discuss Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian election meddling.