President Trump said on Friday night that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was “chosen” by Jeff Sessions and Trump had “no social contact” with the lawman.

Trump made the statement about his replacement for ousted Attorney General Sessions amid reports that Whitaker was on the board of a patent company that was under investigation by the FBI for fraud.

“Matthew G. Whitaker is a highly respected former U.S. Attorney from Iowa,” Trump tweeted.

“He was chosen by Jeff Sessions to be his Chief of Staff. I did not know Mr. Whitaker. Likewise, as Chief, I did not know Mr. Whitaker except primarily as he traveled with A.G. Sessions. No social contact…”

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