Former federal prosecutor suspects Justice Department is leaking internal documents on Whitaker to reveal the truth about him
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker (left, via screengrab) and special counsel Robert Mueller (right, via the United States' Estonian embassy).

During a Sunday discussion about special counsel Robert Mueller's report, career prosecutor Cynthia Alksne explained that those in the Justice Department seem to be behind the leaks.


Mueller's office has made news for the last year due to their lack of leaks, all while departments staff across the federal government have exposed President Donald Trump's political appointees.

Alksne began by explaining that it isn't likely acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker will be able to block the Mueller report.

"I do not think it’s a wrap up I don’t think there’s any way Trump can block it even with Whitaker in place," she said.

But it was her comments about the Justice Department that revealed the department wouldn't allow Whitaker to block the release.

"The only place in Washington that doesn’t leak is Mueller’s office, but the Department of Justice does," she continued. "We saw that this week when Whitaker tried to intimate to the public that he was not going to recuse himself and neglected to mention that the ethics people at the Department of Justice wanted him to recuse himself. Somebody leaked that, in fact, he hadn’t told the whole truth. There are people inside the Justice Department that want us to know what is going on with Matt Whitaker. I predict it does leak. If it doesn’t leak Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the House Intelligence Committee's incoming chair, has already said he will subpoena it. Now, while we have to remove some things because there’s grand jury material in there, once it’s cleaned up and the grand jury material is gone, it will get to the House."

Moreover, the American public isn't likely to let the Justice Department or the president get away with not releasing the report. Trump has attacked the investigation non-stop since it began. He's gone after the special counsel along with anyone who had the audacity to support the investigation.

An NPR/PBS NewsHour Marist Poll from early December showed 76 percent of Americans think that the report "should be released to the public in its entirety." Those numbers go across both those Americans who support the probe and those who do not.

Watch her full commentary below: