Trump's acting attorney general falsely claims to be an All-American football player
Matthew Whitaker, President Donald Trump's acting attorney general, has stated incorrectly on his resume and in government documents that he was an All-American football player at the University of Iowa.
Whitaker has made the claim in many different places, in fact. He also placed the lie in the biography of his former law firm's website and in discussions with former employers who were looking to hire him.
When Whitaker left his post as the US attorney in Iowa, the Justice Department press release even relayed the lie, saying he was “an academic All-American football player.”
The cat was just let out of the bag by the Wall Street Journal, who first reported on the story.
One thing that is true, however, is that Whitaker did play for the University of Iowa's football program between 1990-1992, he just wasn't an All-American.
In order to be considered for the recognition, a student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 and be a starter or important player on his team. Whitaker's name isn't listed on the website of the College Sports Information Directors of America, the institution that bestows the honor.
In fact, another player that played for the team in 1992 received the honor, the same year Whitaker claims he won it.
Whitaker, while only the acting attorney general, is technically the boss overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Mueller reports to him. It's also known that Whitaker is an outspoken opponent of Mueller's who agrees with Trump that this is all a witch hunt. That's probably one reason Trump fired Sessions and let Whitaker take the top job.