Who is Acting US Attorney General Matthew Whitaker? - Whisper Eye

Who is Acting US Attorney General Matthew Whitaker?

Just minutes after news broke that US Attorney General Jeff Sessions had been forced out of his job, President Donald Trump announced a replacement: Matthew G Whitaker, Session’s chief-of-staff.

Before the dust had even begun to settle on the results of the November mid-term elections, long-embattled Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a letter confirming he is out of a job.

“At your request,” Mr Sessions wrote to President Trump, “I am submitting my resignation.”

Mr Sessions’ replacement was announced by the president minutes later.

“We are pleased to announce that Matthew G Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, will become our new Acting Attorney General of the United States. He will serve our Country well….”

The 48-year-old former football star has long been seen as destined for a bigger role in the Trump administration, viewed favorably by the president as his  “eye and ears””in the Justice Department. But who is Matthew Whitaker and how might he approach his possible new role overseeing the Russia probe?

Mr Whitaker is originally from Ankeny , a suburb of Des Moines in central Iowa, the son of an elementary school teacher and a scoreboard salesman.

He became a football star in high school and was eventually inducted into the Iowa High School Football Hall of Fame.

He went on to play tight end in the Holiday Bowl and the Rose Bowl for the Iowa Hawkeyes in the 1990s.

Whitaker graduated from the University Of Iowa College Of Law, and then went into practice as a lawyer, for a time as corporate counsel for a chain of grocery stores.

President George W Bush appointed him US Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, where he prosecuted white collar and drug trafficking crimes

He held that office from 2004 until 2009.

His wife Marci is a civil engineer, and the couple has three children.