Officials inside the Justice Department think new Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is an “underqualified” “fool” who may cause problems beyond the special counsel investigation.
The Daily Beast reported that the fears within the Department of Justice about Whitaker’s lack of experience and concerns over his comments from his time as a pundit are far more “expansive” than those of the rest of the country.
“He’s a f*cking fool,” a trial attorney said of the new acting AG. “He’s spent so much time trying to suck up to the president to get here. But this is a big job. It comes with many responsibilities. He just simply doesn’t have the wherewithal.”
Whitaker’s past roles — as a former U.S. attorney, a conservative pundit and chief of staff to the now-resigned attorney general Jeff Sessions — have not “instilled confidence,” the Beast noted.
“We’ve seen this over and over again with the Trump administration. They never vet these people,” a former DOJ official told the news site. “It shows that they don’t really have a strategy when it comes to these things and then they end up having to backtrack.”
Yet another official criticized the acting AG’s alleged thirst for power.
“This guy has spent his whole life trying to climb the rungs of power to get to a federal appointment,” the official said. “Now that he is here, and who knows for how long, he’s going to try and make a name for himself. And that could make things harder for us.”