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

National News

November 9, 2018 - 8:00 PM

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he departs the White House in Washington, D.C. to attend WWI Centenary in Paris, France on Friday. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 is now 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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