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

HBO host Bill Maher said Friday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpShutdown puts dozens of federal transportation safety probes on hold Howard Schultz advisers exploring possible 2020 independent bid: report Special counsel issues rare statement disputing BuzzFeed's Cohen 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.


Trump tapped Whitaker to serve as former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOvernight Health Care: Thousands more migrant children may have been separated | Senate rejects bill to permanently ban federal funds for abortion | Women's March to lobby for 'Medicare for All' Acting AG Whitaker's wife defends him in lengthy email to journalist Watchdog: Thousands more migrant children separated from parents than previously known 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 Rosenstein5 myths about William Barr William Barr's only 'flaw' is that he was nominated by Trump The Hill's Morning Report — Shutdown fallout — economic distress 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 ClintonDershowitz to The Atlantic: Do not violate Constitution to safeguard it Why Joe Biden (or any moderate) cannot be nominated GOP Rep. Tom Marino resigns from Congress 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 WhitakerWilliam Barr's only 'flaw' is that he was nominated by Trump Rosenstein, DOJ exploring ways to more easily spy on journalists Pelosi takes power and sets high bar for Trump impeachment 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.