Matthew Whitaker, named acting attorney general in the wake of Jeff Sessions’s abrupt firing Wednesday, in 2017 called for special counsel Robert Mueller to “limit the scope of his investigation” into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
“It does not take a lawyer or even a former federal prosecutor like myself to conclude that investigating Donald Trump’s finances or his family’s finances falls completely outside the realm of his 2016 campaign and allegations that the campaign coordinated with the Russian government or anyone else,” Whitaker, 49, wrote in an opinion piece for CNN.
“It is time for [Deputy AG Rod] 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. “If he doesn’t, then Mueller’s investigation will eventually start to look like a political fishing expedition.”
Sessions, who resigned at Trump’s request, frequently drew the president’s ire for recusing himself from the Russia investigation.
Whitaker previously served under the George W. Bush administration as US attorney for Iowa’s Southern District.