Max Boot: 'Trumpian true believer in top justice job puts America's democracy on the line'
On Tuesday, voters handed the House to Democrats. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump showed why this kind of check on his untrammelled authority is so imperative - if probably inadequate.
Nearly the first thing the president did after getting the election news - shortly after threatening Democrats and berating the media in a Wednesday morning news conference - was to fire attorney general Jeff Sessions. Trump then appointed as acting Attorney General, not the natural candidate - Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, an apolitical career prosecutor - but, rather, Sessions's chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker. Why pick Whitaker?
A former US attorney for the Southern District of Iowa and a hulking former football player from the University of Iowa, Whitaker is a Trumpian true believer.