The media has unfairly painted Matt Whitaker as unqualified to lead the Justice Department, believes Bud Cummins of USA Today. His past as an attorney has shown his high regard for the law and nonpartisan ideals. He has experience as a prosecutor, pursuing drug dealers and violent criminals. Whitaker went after government contractors that defrauded taxpayers, upholding accountability and government transparency. The fact that he comes into this position as a DC outsider likely influenced much of the negative coverage. Still, Whitaker is a good choice to ensure that the law is enforced as best as possible.
Matt Whitaker’s connection to President Trump and lack of experience make him unqualified to oversee the Justice Department. He was most likely chosen to take the helm because this will benefit the president the most, argues Matt Ford of The New Republic. Whitaker was appointed from relative obscurity to a position that is usually reserved for governors, senators, federal judges or higher-ups among the Justice Department. Trump likes him because he has expressed disregard for the Russia investigation that bothers the president. This is worrying as America’s justice system shouldn’t be influenced by the interests of politicians.