Matt Whitaker’s Wife Defends Him In Sarcasm-Laced Email To Slate

UNITED STATES - July 23: Matt Whitaker (R) Iowa is interviewed at Roll Call office in Washington, D.C. (Photo By Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)
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After Slate published an email critical of acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker and the way in which he rose to his new role, Whitaker’s wife sent the online publication an email rant defending her husband, tinged with anger and sarcasm.

Marci Whitaker explained to Slate in the email that its recent story on Whitaker was too egregious to ignore.

“I happen to like things about Slate and I’m also not a fire-breathing Republican dragon, so it does distress me somewhat to read these things,” she wrote. “I have ignored a lot of it, because it is all innuendo and/or outright BS, but you should know this is just too much. If you have a conscience, I hope you will consider reporting in a more ethical and fair manner than this article demonstrates.”

She went on to argue that there is “is zero evidence that Matt is homophobic” in response to Slate’s note that Matt Whitaker prosecuted an openly gay lawmaker, and she claimed that her husband had no idea that the patent company he once worked for was actually a scam.

She also defended the acting attorney general’s past comments criticizing the Russia probe, arguing that Matt Whitaker merely made a “mild statement” suggesting that Robert Mueller “stay within the parameters given.”

“And by all means, assume that a person who speculated on a hypothetical scenario would then put some dark plan into motion, when by all accounts, the investigation is wrapping up and they [sic] eyes of the nation are upon them. Yeah, that’s pretty realistic,” Marci Whitaker wrote in the email, per Slate. “Oh, and I guess you missed that the Supreme Court decided not to take up the temporary appointment challenge. Most organizations had given up on that angle of attack quite a while ago. Kudos to your perseverance, misguided though it may be.”

Read the entire email at Slate.

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