Former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s new tell all and soon to be released book, Above The Law, is a rare look into the Department of Justice’s actions during the most tumultuous time of President Donald Trump’s administration. SaraACarter.com received an exclusive advance of the book, which will be released on May 19.
Whitaker reveals the ongoing battles and double standards within the Department of Justice as former senior Obama Administration officials, along with their cohorts inside the DOJ worked to stymy the administration efforts to get to the truth and subvert the will of the American people.
In his book, Whitaker, who served as acting attorney general for 18 months during Trump’s presidency, exposes the internal mechanisms within the DOJ that attempted to prevent him from taking the role of acting AG at the DOJ after Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions resigned from his post. He also speaks candidly about Sessions’s recusal from overseeing former Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation into the Trump campaign and administration.
He states: “Double standards were constantly applied to Trump appointees and used to question their qualifications and alleged conflicts of interest.”
One of the most stunning revelations was that of a ten-minute phone call between former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the DOJ’s office of ethics. Whitaker was told that short phone call cleared Lynch of any conflict of interest regarding the FBI’s ongoing investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server to send and store government emails.
Not even Lynch’s 30 minute now-infamous secret meeting on the tarmac at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport with former President Bill Clinton on June 27, 2016 was enough to disqualify her from overseeing the Clinton investigation. It wouldn’t be long before the bureau, then under former FBI Director James Comey, would exonerate Clinton. Comey’s decision to exonerate, the Congressional investigations would later discover, was months before the bureau had even interviewed Clinton regarding her use of a private server.
“When my team asked Justice Department officials about how I should be vetted for conflicts of interest as Acting Attorney General, I was told that Session’s Obama-era predecessor, Loretta Lynch, simply made a ten-minute phone call to the Department’s ethics office and determined she didn’t have a conflict of interest in overseeing the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information on her home email server,” he states in his book.
However, it was a different story all-together for Whitaker and Sessions.
“A lot had been written about Jeff Session’s recusal, but as I found out firsthand, recusal is a very personal, fact-driven decision,” says Whitaker, in his book. “I can easily imagine the overwhelming pressure he felt from the Obama Administration holdovers surrounding him inside the Justice Department between February 8, 2017, when he was confirmed along party lines, and March 2, 2017, when he recused himself. He had less than a month to make one of the most consequential decisions of his life without his full team in place. Of course, President Trump’s opponents were thrilled, but Sessions was being held to a blatant double standard.”
On Monday, Whitaker spoke candidly on “Fox & Friends” about the extensive amount of declassified material, including closed-door testimony and FBI documents, regarding the now-debunked theory that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.
He noted that “many people” involved in the investigations into Trump, as well as former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn “either used poor discretion and judgment or even worse, may have committed criminal acts.”
In his book, it’s easy to ascertain why some of those former Obama officials believed they were ‘Above The Law.’