Matt Whitaker Has Left The Justice Department

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 08: Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker testifies before the House Judiciary Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill February 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. Fol... WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 08: Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker testifies before the House Judiciary Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill February 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. Following a subpoena fight between committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and the Justice Department, Whitaker was questioned about his oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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March 4, 2019 11:20 am
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Former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker has left the Justice Department, a spokesperson confirmed Monday, and his last day was Saturday.

The departure was first reported by the Los Angeles Times’ Del Quentin Wilber, who said Whitaker’s next move had not yet been settled.

Whitaker, who also served as ex-Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ chief of staff, was a source of controversy for the Department due to the perception that he was elevated to his former boss’s position by President Trump to serve as a Trump loyalist.

Attorney General Bill Barr took over the role after his Senate confirmation last month. Whitaker was serving in another position at the Department before his reported departure.

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