MSNBC anchor Lawrence O'Donnell explained on Thursday that acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker could be facing federal prison time for obstruction of justice if he interferes with special counsel Robert Mueller.
"The question for Matthew Whitaker, who now occupies the Attorney General's office of the Justice Department, is does he think he can get away with interfering in Robert Mueller's investigation of the president?" O'Donnell asked. "We know that's what the president wants him to do."
The segment aired the same day over 1,000 #ProtectMueller protests were held to defend the special counsel investigation.
"Donald Trump is that peculiar kind of criminally-minded person who publicly declares his criminal intent," O'Donnell noted. "He has said he wants an attorney general who will work for him personally, who will protect him personally, who will obstruct justice for him personally -- if necessary -- and not work for the American people and not protect justice."
O'Donnell laid out the relevant questions about Whitaker's intelligence that are now critical.
"Is Matthew Whitaker smart enough to know that he is going to have to testify under oath to the House Judiciary Committee about any interference that he might try to engage in with the Mueller investigation?" he wondered.
"Is Matthew Whitaker smart enough to know that there is a five-year statute of limitations on the federal crime of obstruction of justice?" he wondered. "And that the next Democratic attorney general, who will probably be chosen during the presidential transition two years from now, will be empowered to immediately investigate every suspicious thing that Matthew Whitaker might be foolish enough to do as Donald Trump's fake attorney general?"
"So how smart is Matthew Whitaker? How stupid is Matthew Whitaker?" he asked. "How reckless is Matthew Whitaker?"
"Judging by his previous public comments as a right-wing pundit, he sounds like the kind of guy who could get himself in serious criminal trouble," O'Donnell concluded.