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

HBO host Bill Maher said Friday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification 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.


Trump tapped Whitaker to serve as former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRosenstein still working at DOJ despite plans to leave in mid-March Juan Williams: Don't rule out impeaching Trump O'Rourke on impeachment: 2020 vote may be best way to 'resolve' Trump 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 RosensteinThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump steps up attacks on McCain Rosenstein still working at DOJ despite plans to leave in mid-March Graham says he'll probe Rosenstein's 25th Amendment remarks 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 ClintonDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Dem strategist says Donna Brazile is joining Fox News 'for the money' CNN to host town hall with Cory Booker in South Carolina 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 WhitakerEx-federal prosecutor: 'Thank God' Whitaker is gone, Barr will bring 'integrity' back to DOJ GOP pollster says Dems are relitigating 2016 election with investigations of Trump Former senior FBI official calls Whitaker hearing ‘disgraceful’ 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.