Ex-White House counsel interviewed Whitaker about joining Trump's legal team: report
Former White House counsel Don McGahn interviewed Matthew Whitaker, who has since been named Acting attorney general, about joining President Trump's legal team last year, The New York Times reports.
McGahn, who left the White House last month, interviewed Whitaker in July 2017 about taking the position, according to the Times, which described Whitaker being interviewed to be "a legal attack dog" against special counsel Robert Mueller.
The White House ultimately did not hire Whitaker, a former U.S. attorney from Iowa, who then continued a media tour last year that included writing op-eds criticizing Mueller's sprawling investigation as having gone too far.
Trump announced Whitaker as the acting attorney general this week after asking for and accepting Attorney General Jeff Sessions's resignation.