Acting AG Whitaker's wife defends him in lengthy email to journalist
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Marci Whitaker, the wife of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, defended her husband as a "really good" person in a lengthy email she sent to Slate journalist Mark Joseph Stern.

Marci Whitaker penned the email in response to a Slate story written by Stern and Dahlia Lithwick in which they described Whitaker as "one of the least qualified individuals to serve as attorney general in American history." The story was published Monday.


In her email, which was published Thursday by Slate, Marci Whitaker argued that her husband "is a really good person and is only serving his country."

"He’s also going to be back in the private sector at some point. It is a small comfort to me that the people who will want to work with him in the future are, let’s hope, really unlikely readers of Slate and similar publications," she added.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE appointed Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general following the resignation of former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump admin erases key environmental enforcement tool DOJ should take action against China's Twitter propaganda Lewandowski says he's 'happy' to testify before House panel MORE.

In addition to calling Matthew Whitaker unqualified, Stern and Lithwick suggested in their story that a prosecution he pursued as a U.S. attorney in Iowa against a gay lawmaker may have been motivated by homophobia.

In her email, Marci Whitaker wrote that there is "zero evidence" that her husband is homophobic.

Matthew Whitaker has also come under scrutiny for his history of criticisms, often made during television and radio appearances, of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, a probe Trump has dismissed as a "witch hunt."

Stern and Lithwick wrote in their story that he likely earned the appointment to acting attorney general because of those past criticisms, a notion that Marci Whitaker dismissed in her email. 

"Sure, imply that he got the current appointment because of something he said over a year prior before he worked for anyone. The particularly on television part – LOL. What does that even mean? Nothing, that’s what," she wrote.

She also accused Stern and Lithwick of "trying to destroy" her husband.

"I cannot understand the zeal in trying to destroy an individual who has done nothing to deserve this tearing down. Someone who has never had an ethics complaint. Someone who supported his family though a variety of enterprises, some more successful than others, but never sinister or shady," she wrote.