Acting Attorney General, Matthew Whitaker, will be appearing before the House Judiciary Committee this morning. Most of the questions asked of Whitaker will be about conversation he had with Donald Trump regarding the Mueller Investigation.
Whitaker should also be prepared to be asked questions about his involvement with investment scam, World Patent Marketing. The Acting Attorney General has allegedly ignored letters from House Oversight chairpersons about his role in the company.
Committee heads, Elijah Cummings, Adam Schiff, Jerrold Nadler and Frank Pallone sent Whitaker a letter in November of 2018. Whitaker did not respond to the letter.
Today, the chairpersons again requested compliance:
“To date, you have failed to respond to that letter or provide a single document that we requested. Since that time, we have obtained new documents showing that you failed to return thousands of dollars that were supposed to be distributed to the victims of World Patent Marketing’s alleged fraud, despite your involvement with Mr. Cooper in handling complaints from individuals of the company’s actions.”
News broke of Whitaker’s role with World Patent Marketing shortly after he was tapped to be Acting Attorney General. World Patent Marketing was shut down by the FTC in May of 2018 and ordered to pay former investors back $26 million. Whitaker was paid $9,375 to act as an Advisory Board Member.
The chairperson writes, “Despite the World Patent Marketing Receiver’s demand that Mr. Whitaker returns these funds so that they could be distributed to consumers as part of the action enjoining the alleged fraud, he has not repaid the funds.”