Former acting U.S. Attorney General Matt Whitaker told Fox News‘ Lacey Christ that he currently does not believe there is “enough evidence to indict President Trump.” This statement came only a few days after former President Donald Trump announced his third presidential bid. Following the announcement, the U.S. Department of Justice intensified its investigations of Trump.
Veteran prosecutor Jack Smith has been brought in as special counsel in the DOJ’s investigation on Trump’s role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, as well as in the probe into the sensitive documents that were held inside his Mar-a-Lago home.
Former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker told Fox News Digital that telling a crowd to peacefully protest outside the Capitol is not inciting a riot, and if it were then “we have turned the First Amendment upside down on its head.” He continued to say that he did not think this investigation would be of any concern to President Trump.
He also added that the investigation into the classified documents found in his Mar-a-Lago estate is certainly a lot more serious. Regarding Smith’s appointment, he also concluded that time will show if Smith is able to use his discipline and conduct his investigation “above the political fray”. He added though that he does see the role in this investigation that a special master will have as Donald Trump has “executive privilege” that a normal citizen would not have had.