Acting AG Whitaker meets with prosecutors in El Chapo trial

Acting AG Whitaker meets with prosecutors in El Chapo trial
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Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker on Monday made an appearance at a New York City courthouse where jurors have started to deliberate in the case of notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Whitaker was in New York City and dropped by the courtroom "to express his support and appreciation for the El Chapo prosecution team in Brooklyn," according to a Justice Department spokesperson. 

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Jurors started deliberations on Monday after nearly three months of testimony in Guzman's case. The proceedings included witnesses detailing the drug lord's rise to power in the Sinaloa cartel, and his role in the group's smuggling operations.

A close associated of Guzman's testified late last year that the drug lord authorizied a $100 million bribe for former Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Guzman, 61, faces life in prison if convicted.

Whitaker has served as attorney general in an acting capacity since November, when President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE fired Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsLewandowski says he's 'happy' to testify before House panel The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Nadler subpoenas Lewandowski, former White House official for testimony MORE. Democrats have criticized Whitaker's qualifications for the role.

The president has tapped former Attorney General William Barr as his full-time pick to replacement Sessions. Barr is awaiting a confirmation vote in the Senate.