Whitaker Met With Trump In Oval Office Multiple Times As Sessions Chief Of Staff

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 29:  (L-R) Department of Justice Chief of Staff Matt Whitaker, the FBI's Kristi Johnson and  U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions participate in a round table event with the Joint Interagency Task Force - South (JIATF-S) foreign liaison officers and  at the Department of Justice Kennedy building August 29, 2018 in Washington, DC. Based in Key West, Florida, the JIATF-S  is tasked with stopping the flow of illicit drugs with the cooperation of other agencies and international partners, including Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Honduras, Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama, Peru, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and the United Kingdom.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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President Donald Trump and newly minted Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker already have a cozy relationship, The Washington Post reported.

According to a senior administration official who spoke to the Post, Whitaker, as former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ chief of staff, met with Trump in the Oval Office a dozen-plus times, usually alongside Sessions. In those meetings, Whitaker would not hide that he agreed with Trump’s grievances about the Russia investigation. According to the official, Whitaker would smile or nod in agreement when Trump ranted about special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

Democratic lawmakers are calling on Whitaker to recuse himself and are already taking steps to protect Mueller’s probe from any action the acting attorney general could potentially take to stifle the probe.

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