Matthew Whitaker

Matthew G. Whitaker

  • Replaced Jody Hunt as Jeff Sessions’ Chief of Staff September 22, 2017, Replaced Jeff Sessions (recused, angering Trump) as Unconfirmed Acting Attorney General November 7, 2018, replaced by William Barr on February 14, 2019, resigned from the DOJ March 2, 2019;
  • 2014-Executive Director of FACT-Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust. TV Pundit on Fox, most of the money from the Kochs goes to Whitaker’s salary & legal, less than $400,000, spent on projects, FUNDED BY KOCH’s DONORS TRUST;
  • Fraud investigation for his invention company, World Marketing Patents, WPM. WPM Advisory board member Omar Rivera is the founder of Occupy Democrats  h/t @karolcummins,
  • Desa Industries LLC Class Action Lawsuits for misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference with contractual and business relationships & defamation (June 18, 2014 amended July 2, 2015),
  • MEM Investment, LLC (abandoned mortgage, took HUD money, incomplete project causing the City of Des Moines, IA, to pay $164,989 if incomplete by December 12, 2016) [FACT paid Whitaker more than $650,000 salary during 2015 and 2016]
  • OP South, LLC, ARTISTIC CURBING, LLC , sold share to Jeffrey Young in 2016.
  • Whitaker Hagenow & Gustoff, LLP
  • NW Trailers and Service Road Husky Flatbed Trailers-Managed by Road Husky Trailer Company LLC since 2002, sold share in 2015
  • Little Endeavors Child Development Center, Ankeny, IA, 2003 purchase
  • Buy The Yard Concrete-2003 2-person concrete supply, sued in Las Vegas for non-payment

Wikipedia: “In 2003, Whitaker founded Buy the Yard Concrete, based in Urbandale, Iowa, which did projects as far away as Las Vegas. In 2005, Whitaker was named as a defendant to a collections lawsuit in Nevada for $12,000 in unpaid invoices for supplies and equipment rentals related to a concrete project in Las Vegas. The lawsuit was settled out of court.[18]

On June 15, 2004, Whitaker was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa by President George W. Bush. The appointment was at the recommendation of Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, in spite of Whitaker’s minimal relevant legal experience.[19]

From 2005 to 2007, Whitaker was responsible for the unsuccessful investigation and prosecution of Iowa State Sen. Matt McCoy on charges of attempting to extort $2,000.[20] A columnist for the Des Moines Register said that the case “… was based on the word of a man former associates depicted as a drug user, a deadbeat and an abuser of women; a man so shady even his Alcoholics Anonymous sponsors called him ‘a pathological liar.'”[21][22] The jury took less than two hours to return a verdict of “not guilty”.[23][24]

As U.S. Attorney, Whitaker sought unusually stringent sentences for individuals accused of drug crimes. One of the cases involved a non-violent drug offender who was given the option by Whitaker’s office of being prosecuted with the chance of spending the rest of her life in jail or accept a plea deal of 21 to 27 years in prison. Federal Judge Robert W. Pratt later said the prosecutors in the case had “misused” their authority and urged President Obama (who had then become president) to grant the non-violent drug offender clemency; President Obama commuted her sentence, after she had served 11 years in prison.[25]

Whitaker resigned in November 2009 following the Senate confirmation of his replacement, Nicholas A. Klinefeldt, who was nominated by President Obama.[14][26]”

From 2009 to 2017, Whitaker was a managing partner of the small general practice law firm Whitaker Hagenow & Gustoff LLP (now Hagenow & Gustoff LLP) in Des Moines, Iowa.[27] In 2011 Whitaker co-founded Whitaker Strategy Group, an Iowan lobbying and consulting firm that promoted business and job growth in Iowa.[28]

During the 2012 presidential campaign, Whitaker was Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty‘s co-chairman in Iowa, and then state co-chairman for Texas governor Rick Perry.[29]

Whitaker was a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2014 United States Senate election in Iowa, a seat being vacated by Democrat Tom Harkin. He came in fourth in the Republican primary, with 11,909 votes (7.54%). The nomination was won by Joni Ernst, who went on to win the general election.[30]

After losing the Republican primary, Whitaker chaired the campaign of Sam Clovis, another unsuccessful primary candidate who had been selected to run for Iowa State Treasurer.[31] Clovis lost in the November 2014 general election.[32][33][34]

Whitaker’s unusual path to Justice Department included owning day-care center, trailer maker and concrete supplier The Washington Post By Shawn Boburg Robert O’Harrow Jr. November 14, 2018 “Whitaker served as U.S. attorney until 2009. When he stepped down, he issued a news release that cited several cases as significant, including a prosecution of fraud at a state workforce-training agency, a child pornography investigation that led to charges against 13 people and a crackdown on the misuse of immigrant work visas.  Among the office’s biggest setbacks was the prosecution of Matt McCoy, an openly gay Democratic state senator and a rising political star on the left. A grand jury indictment accused McCoy of using his political position to extort $2,000 from a security firm in Des Moines where he was a consultant. The investigation took many months but ended with an acquittal in less than two hours, triggering scorching criticism of Whitaker in local media, including questions about whether McCoy was targeted because he was gay and a Democrat.”

Whitaker is Unfit to be Attorney General, Acting or Otherwise Beyond the unconstitutionality of his appointment, his views on judicial review and religious litmus tests should disqualify him. The American Conservative By BRUCE FEIN

Tax returns reveal one six-figure donor accounts for entirety of “dark money” funding Whitaker’s nonprofit Open Secrets By November 21, 2018

Brief No. 18-496 in the Supreme Court of the US by Tom Goldstein & Tejinder Singh Barry Michaels, Petitioner, to find Acting AG appointment of Whitaker illegal and invalid on November 28, 2018 h/t NormEisen

Whitaker made $1.2 million from conservative nonprofit Politico By JOSH GERSTEIN November 20, 2018

Conservative nonprofit with obscure roots and undisclosed funders paid Matthew Whitaker $1.2 millionThe Washington Post November 20, 2018

2014 FACT paid Whitaker $63,000, 2015 $252,000, 2016 $400,000

February 2015 FACT FEC complaint against Catalist, Clinton campaign services firm.

March 3, 2015, FACT announced it would use FOIA and a request to the AG to retrieve Hillary Clinton State Department records to obtain the thousands of emails “concealed”.

“One thing to keep in mind, after Whitaker resigned as the AUSA for Southern District of Iowa, in 2009 thru (late) 2017, Whitaker was a managing partner of Whitaker Hagenow & Gustoff LLP (see firm’s current Facebook link , see a LinkedIn link), which is now Hagenow & Gustoff LLP. So that might explain why Matt Whitaker is linked to numerous business entities.

See Whitaker Hagenow & Gustoff, LLP December 18, 2013 Commercial, oddly no one has archived this commercial, thus I’ve taken the liberty of archiving.


OP South, LLC  IA SOS-SCC NO; 426811, based on the State of Iowa filings, Whitaker incorporated this Company in November 2011.

In 2012 the Des Moines City Council Apprroved a (HUD backed) affordable housing project, the City Council awarded this contract to Matt Whitaker’s MEM Investments (see Iowa Secretary of State, State Corporation Commission below).  The current owner, MEM Investment, LLC (Matthew Whitaker, 521 East Locust Street, Suite 302, Des Moines, IA 50309-2017) has been unable to complete the project. If the rehabilitation is not completed by December 12, 2016, and a Certificate of Occupancy issued, the City will be required to repay the $164,989 to HUD because no affordable units were created with HOME funds. [Default letter April 1, 2016]

Whitaker NewsMaxAppearances 2015-2016With a bit of sleuthing I stumbled across two NewsMax interviews where Matt Whitaker pontificates about Sec Clinton, her emails and in “his opinion” why Sec Clinton should be in jail.”

Matthew G Whitaker & his Companies Volume 2 Spicy Files November 17 2018

Obstruction of Justice

Whitaker will not recuse himself from Russia probe, despite ethics advice that he should LA Times By December  20, 2018

Trump lashed out at Whitaker after explosive Cohen revelations CNN December 21, 2018

So, I Got an Email From Matthew Whitaker’s Wife Slate In her message, Marci Whitaker says the Mueller investigation is “wrapping up” and that the government shutdown is affecting her family’s ability to earn a living. By

WATCH: Acting AG Matthew Whitaker gives first testimony before Congress PBS Politics

Intimidation, Pressure and Humiliation: Inside Trump’s Two-Year War on the Investigations Encircling Him NY Times By Mark Mazzetti, Maggie Haberman, Nicholas Fandos and Michael S. Schmidt President Trump’s efforts have exposed him to accusations of obstruction of justice as Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, finishes his work. President Trump entering the House chamber to deliver his State of the Union speech this month. Mr. Trump has attacked the law enforcement apparatus of his own government like no other president in history. “Mr. Whitaker, who had privately told associates that part of his role at the Justice Department was to “jump on a grenade” for the president, knew he could not put Mr. Berman in charge because Mr. Berman had already recused himself from the investigation. The president soon soured on Mr. Whitaker, as he often does with his aides, and complained about his inability to pull levers at the Justice Department that could make the president’s many legal problems go away.”

House Investigators Probe Trump Contact With Matthew Whitaker Interest centers on a U.S. attorney’s office inquiry into Michael Cohen, Trump Organization Wall Street Journal  By Rebecca Ballhaus and Dustin Volz  “The House Judiciary Committee believes it has evidence that President Trump asked Matthew Whitaker, at the time the acting attorney general, whether Manhattan U.S. attorney Geoffrey Berman could regain control of his office’s investigation into Mr. Trump’s former lawyer and his real-estate business…Mr. Berman, a former law partner of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani who in 2016 donated to the Trump campaign and whom the president personally interviewed for the U.S. attorney…

 Whitaker: 'I Have Not Interfered With the Special Counsel's Investigation'

Whitaker: ‘I Have Not Interfered With the Special Counsel’s Investigation’
Matthew Whitaker, former acting attorney general, leaves Justice Department LA Times By March 04, 2019


Whitaker Eyes Axing Asylum for Victims of Domestic Violence, Child Sex Abuse He plucked a case from obscurity to decide it himself, with potentially huge consequences for migrants.The Daily Beast by Justin Glawe February 1, 2019 “DALLAS—Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is considering blocking one of the last avenues for victims of domestic violence, including children, to be granted asylum in the U.S.

In December, Whitaker quietly referred an internal Justice Department ruling on family-based asylum claims to himself. The decision hinges on what constitutes membership in a “particular social group” (PSG), a legal threshold to obtain asylum. Whitaker said in an order last month he would determine “whether and under what circumstances” being a member of a family qualifies as membership in a PSG. Immigration attorneys fear Whitaker will drastically narrow the definition and remove protections for victims of domestic and other intra-familial violence, including child victims of sexual assault and abuse.”

My Client Escaped Rape and Violence. Jeff Sessions Would Have Closed the Door on Her. The new DoJ standards are not just inhumane; they are a death sentence for many seeking asylum. The Daily Beast Aimee Deverall June 18, 2019

Last Friday, June 8, 2018, an Immigration Judge in Texas awarded asylum to my client. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his sweeping decision in Matter of A-B-, in which he makes the disturbing statement that “generally” asylum claims “pertaining to domestic violence” should no longer be approved. He injected his animus towards immigrants and women throughout the decision, mischaracterizing Ms. A-B-, the respondent in the case, as an economic migrant coming to work rather than someone who was fleeing for her life. Perhaps even more startling, Sessions then extended this flawed generalization about domestic violence claims to any case where the perpetrator is a private, non-governmental actor. This has broad implications for victims of gang and LGBTQ violence as well as people fleeing genocide by other ethnic groups. Sessions’ ruling directs adjudicators nationwide to prejudge and reject claims like these, regardless of the individual merits.