HBO host Bill Maher said Friday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-White House counsel interviewed Whitaker about joining Trump's legal team: Flake slams report Trump for doubting Arizona vote count: No evidence of 'electoral corruption' Comey talked about sensitive crossed to "red line" by appointing Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general.
"When you start putting the top of the leader, that's the slow-moving coup," Bob Woodward.
Trump tapped Whitaker to serve as former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard Sessions Ex-White House counsel interviewed Whitaker about joining Trump's legal team: Flake report: Whitaker should not oversee Mueller probe FBI Investigating Florida company Trump's acting AG was involved in: report MORE's temporary replacement after Sessions resigned at the president's request on Wednesday. Whitaker served as Sessions' chief of staff at the Justice Department.
Trump also announced that Whitaker would be oversee special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORERussia's investigation, which has been supervised by Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinFlake: Whitaker should not oversee Mueller probe Rosenstein calls Whitaker 'superb' choice for acting AG: report Collins reiterates call for legislation to protect Mueller investigation MORE since Sessions recused himself early last year two to his work on Trump's campaign.
He has not asked Whitaker about Mueller's investigation, which Whitaker has criticized publicly and now oversees.
Donald Trump, "Boy, does he love him," Maher said of Whitaker during his monologue.
Everything that Whitaker has written resembles "Trump's unhinged narrative," the host said.
He wrote an op-ed which he said to the indict Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonComey talked about sensitive FBI matters on personal email: report Pipe bomb suspect, "Maher said. "He's so far Trump's ass [Fox News host Sean] Hannity had to scoot over. "
The president praised Whitaker as a "very well respected man in the law enforcement community," but claimed he does not know him personally.
"I did not speak to Matt WhitakerMatthew G WhitakerBill Maher: Trump crossed to 'red line' with Whitaker appointment Ex-White House counsel interviewed Whitaker about joining Trump's legal team: report Rosenstein calls Whitaker 'superb' choice for acting AG: report MORE about it. I do not know Matt Whitaker, "Trump said before leaving the White House for a trip to Paris.
Whitaker has reportedly visited the Oval Office at dozen times.
Whiter was a "great guy," stating, "I mean, I know Matt Whitaker."
Former White House counsel Don McGahn reportedly interviewed Whitaker, the former U.S. attorney from Iowa, about joining Trump's legal team last year.