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Bill Maher: Trump crossed a ‘red line’ with Whitaker appointment

HBO host Bill Maher said Friday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichael Cohen: I pray Michelle Obama's words will unite country again Michelle Obama: ‘I stopped even trying to smile’ during Trump’s inauguration Trump wants to end federal relief money for Puerto Rico: report MORE crossed a “red line” by appointing Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general.

“When you start putting the top cop in the country as just a stooge, just the guy who’s there to do the bidding of the supreme leader, that’s the slow-moving coup,” Maher said during an interview with veteran journalist Bob Woodward.

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Trump tapped Whitaker to serve as former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDem leaders request formal update from DOJ on whether Whitaker should recuse himself Christie: Trump has not asked me to be attorney general Pelosi: 'What Mueller might not think is indictable could be impeachable' MORE's temporary replacement after Sessions resigned at the president's request on Wednesday. Whitaker served as Sessions’s chief of staff at the Justice Department.

Trump also announced that Whitaker would oversee special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's Russia investigation, which has been supervised by Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinDem leaders request formal update from DOJ on whether Whitaker should recuse himself How Trump can pull off ultimate trick to make Mueller disappear Dems race to protect Mueller probe MORE since Sessions recused himself early last year due to his work on Trump's campaign.

Trump on Friday said he hasn’t asked Whitaker about Mueller’s investigation, which Whitaker has criticized publicly and now oversees. 

“Boy, does he love him some Donald Trump,” 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 said the Mueller investigation goes too far, he wants to indict Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonEx-Clinton aide: Hillary will run again in 2020 Ex-Facebook exec ousted from company sparked controversy with pro-Trump views: report Pelosi says she'll be Speaker ‘to protect the Affordable Care Act’ MORE,” Maher said. “He’s so far up 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 didn't speak to Matt WhitakerMatthew G WhitakerDem leaders request formal update from DOJ on whether Whitaker should recuse himself April Ryan: Trump relishes verbal attacks against women of color Pelosi: 'What Mueller might not think is indictable could be impeachable' MORE about it. I don't know Matt Whitaker," Trump said before departing the White House for a trip to Paris.

Whitaker has reportedly visited the Oval Office a dozen times.

Trump also said during an Oct. 11 interview with Fox News that Whitaker 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.