Thin ice for new act­ing AG? Trump says ‘I don’t know’ him

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - NATION+WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON >> Matthew Whi­taker’s fu­ture at the helm of the Jus­tice Depart­ment ap­peared un­cer­tain at best Fri­day as Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump de­nied even know­ing the man he had named act­ing at­tor­ney gen­eral just two days ear­lier. The Se­nate’s top Repub­li­can pre­dicted a per­ma­nent re­place­ment could be named soon for Whi­taker, who now is over­see­ing the Trump-Rus­sia probe.

In ad­di­tion to the neg­a­tive com­ments from Trump and Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell, Whi­taker’s past busi­ness ties and com­ments on spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller’s Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion and other top­ics were draw­ing scru­tiny from Democrats and ethics groups.

Speak­ing to re­porters Fri­day, Trump said, “I don’t know Matt Whi­taker.” That con­tra­dicted Trump’s re­marks on Fox News last month, when he called Whi­taker “a great guy” and said, “I mean, I know Matt Whi­taker.”

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