Former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker expressed his support for televising former President Donald Trump’s federal election trial during an interview on “Newsline” with Newsmax on Monday.
When asked about Trump’s request for a live broadcast of the trial, Whitaker stated that he agrees with the idea of having cameras in the courtroom, particularly for cases of national importance. He pointed out that the opposition from the U.S. government and the Department of Justice suggests an attempt to conduct proceedings “under cover of darkness.”
Whitaker suggested that the case might reach the U.S. Supreme Court, emphasizing that federal law allows for cameras in the courtroom. He stated, “The cameras in the courtroom is a federal law and a court policy under that law. I think it would have to go to [the] Supreme Court, but you know, Congress could obviously change the law immediately if they wanted to.”
Highlighting the significance of the case, Whitaker emphasized that the American people should witness the proceedings in federal court. He noted that many states already televise their legal proceedings, and he believes it is the right approach, especially for a case of such importance.
Addressing Trump’s ongoing civil trial for fraud in New York, Whitaker commented that a “mistrial is probably appropriate.” He attributed this suggestion to the behavior of New York Attorney General Letitia James and the judge overseeing the case.