Donald Trump’s new acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, was involved in a company that scammed US military veterans out of their life savings, according to court filings and interviews.
Whitaker, a former US attorney in Iowa, was paid to work as an advisory board member for World Patent Marketing (WPM), a Florida-based company accused by the US government of tricking aspiring inventors out of millions of dollars. Earlier this year, it was ordered to pay authorities $26m.
Meanwhile, The Guardian reports Trump saying that he “didn’t speak to Matt Whitaker” about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and possible collusion and obstruction by the Trump campaign, before he named him to the elevated role earlier this week. On Wednesday, Trump fired the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, and named Whitaker as his replacement at the justice department.