Americans in Vancouver plan downtown protest on Thursday evening

Americans in Vancouver plan downtown protest on Thursday evening
Late night TV hosts make their comments heard as Jeff Sessions resigns
Before that, he served as chief of staff to now-former attorney general Jeff Sessions. Whitaker is replacing Sessions after he resigned at U.S. President Donald Trump‘s request on Wednesday.

But well before that, starting in 2014, Whitaker served as a paid adviser to World Patent Marketing, a Miami-based company that was ordered to pay an approximately US$26-million settlement earlier this year, the Guardian reported.

Trump had repeatedly criticized Sessions for recusing himself from any investigation into potential Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. That investigation is currently being lead by former FBI director Robert Mueller, who was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and has overseen the probe's work.

World Patent Marketing was last year sued by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over allegations that it had scammed inventors by offering to promote their works in exchange for thousands of dollars, reported the Wall Street Journal.

Gonzales resigned as attorney general under a cloud of controversy and amid accusations that the Justice Department has been used for political purposes. He was accused of dismissing several U.S. attorneys in 2006 for politically partisan purposes. Gonzales maintained the dismissals were rooted in lacklustre performance records.

Chief of Staff to the Attorney General Matthew Whitaker (L) looks over at U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions during a roundtable discussion with foreign liaison officers at the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., August 29, 2018.

On Wednesday, Jeff Sessions resigned as the country's chief law enforcement officer. U.S. President Donald Trump announced by tweet that 49-year-old Matthew Whitaker, Sessions's former chief of staff, would take over as acting attorney general until a permanent replacement is found at a later date.

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It described a company that would make contact with inventors, offering to help develop their products and monetize them.

Whitaker, who had a stint as a legal commentator for CNN, has been vocal in his criticism of Mueller's investigation and its scope. He once opined about a situation in which Trump could fire Sessions and then appoint an acting attorney general who could stifle the funding of Mueller's probe.

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However, its board, on which Whitaker sat alongside a time-travel scientist and world karate champion, didn’t meet or review any inventors’ pitches.

As the New Times told it, people ended up on the board through a “quid pro quo” arrangement that would see them paid as much as $12,500 every year.

Whitaker, who was paid almost $10,000 through regular payments of $1,875, received a donation of $2,600 from World Patent Marketing CEO Scott Cooper when he ran for the Senate in 2014.

He also appeared in marketing materials for the company, appearing in a video that showed him evaluating an invention, and saying in a news release, “World Patent Marketing goes beyond making statements about doing business ‘ethically’ and translate[s] those words into action.”

While serving in this role, Whitaker sent an ex-client a threatening email after this person complained that he had not received the services that World Patent Marketing said it would provide.

Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said he's "profoundly concerned" that the new acting attorney general is someone who has criticized and publicly expressed skepticism about the Russia investigation. 

In the email, which appeared in court records, Whitaker said that there could be “serious civil and criminal consequences” if the former client made a complaint with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) or “smear[ed]” the firm online.

Whitaker wasn’t named in the FTC’s lawsuit against World Patent Marketing, in which it was ordered to pay $25,987,192.

Cooper, the company’s CEO, later came to an arrangement in which he would pay $1 million in assets, as well as any money he made from the sale of his $3.5-million home.

"And to outsiders, it looks like he [Trump] chose this person because this person has committed to end this investigation, this person is loyal to Donald Trump."

Global News has reached out to the U.S. Justice Department for comment. The Guardian could not reach Whitaker for a response.

In the middle of an already chaotic day, President Donald Trump forced Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign — and several hours later, late-night comedians were ready to weigh in. Even they couldn’t believe the swiftness of the news cycle.

AP Photo/Mary Altaffer 2/ Demonstrators in New York City stayed up late into the night. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon 3/ Mueller is believed have begun writing a final report on Russias interference in the 2016 US presidential election. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon Source: CNN

“We’re like, forget the Democrats in the House. Clearly, the big news of the day is now going to be Trump and his fiery press conference,” Trevor Noah said on “The Daily Show.” “But then Trump stood up again and said, ‘Oh, you think I’m the story of the day? No, I’m the story of the day.’”

Jeff Sessions resignation as attorney general on Wednesday sparked worries for the future of Muellers probe. Sessions vexed Trump by recusing himself from Muellers investigation in 2017, an act that Trump has berated him for throughout his presidency.

They all zeroed in on Trump’s anger toward Sessions, particularly about the fact that he recused himself from the Russia investigation.

Thousands of people protested across the US on Thursday to demand the protection of special counsel Robert Muellers investigation into the possible collusion between President Donald Trumps 2016 presidential campaign and Russia.

“Trump has made no secret of his feelings about Sessions,” Colbert said. “He’s called Sessions a ‘traitor,’ ‘a dumb Southerner,’ ‘Mr. Magoo,’ and perhaps most humiliating of all, ‘member of my administration.’”

Trumps decision to name Matthew Whitaker as Sessions acting replacement fueled more concerns. Whitaker is considered by some to be a Trump loyalist who publicly spoke out against the Russia investigation.

Here are some of the other topics that Noah, Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, James Corden and Jimmy Fallon all covered:

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik 5/ Some of the demonstrations organizers said that acting Attorney General Matthew Whitakers appointment was a “deliberate attempt to obstruct the special counsels investigation.”

Colbert: “Now, there is some confusion among stupid people as to whether Sessions was fired or he resigned. He did submit a letter of resignation, but it began, ‘At your request, I am submitting my resignation.’ Look at that. Southern hospitality until the end.”

Whitaker also stated he would not recuse himself from the Mueller probe as attorney general, or approve any subpoena request from Mueller.

Kimmel: “In the letter, he said he operated with integrity and strove to uphold the rule of law. And Trump was like, ‘Yeah, why do you think I fired you?’”

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Meyers: “OK, but if it’s at his request, then it’s not a resignation. That’s like saying that you’re breaking up with someone because you don’t like the way they threw you out of the house.”

Noah: “Apparently, Trump didn’t fire him to his face or even call him. He just sent John Kelly with a prewritten resignation letter. John Kelly probably got there and he was like, ‘Alright Jeff, do you want to do it the easy way or the Omarosa way? Which one is it?’”

Kimmel: “Trump didn’t even fire him, he had his chief of staff, John Kelly, do it. You know, the one and only thing Trump is good at is firing people, and he can’t even do that.”

Colbert: “Who on earth would be willing to go down in history as the man who stepped in to fire Robert Mueller? Enter new acting attorney general and Caucasian M&M, Matt Whitaker. Now, there is no way to know Whitaker’s stance on the Mueller investigation — unless you read his op-ed, ‘Mueller’s investigation of Trump is going too far.’”

Noah: “Just because Matt Whitaker came up with a hypothetical plan to fire Robert Mueller doesn’t mean that he actually thinks the Mueller investigation has gone too far — except there is the fact that he also wrote an op-ed that was literally called, ‘Mueller’s investigation of Trump has gone too far.’ Which to me is kind of a red flag.”

Colbert: “So Trump just handpicked a guy who wants to stop the investigation into Donald Trump to be in charge of the investigation of Donald Trump. That’s like a defendant at a murder trial saying, ‘Your Honour, you’re fired. I’m going to have my friend Terry here take your seat. Now, then, Terry, if it please the court, did you throw that knife into the river like I asked? The correct answer is no.’”

Kimmel: “This guy wrote an op-ed critical of the Mueller investigation. That man will now be overseeing the Mueller investigation. OK, Bob Mueller, time to snort some Adderall and get that report done ASAP, you understand?”

Noah: “The Mueller investigation is in danger. And somebody tells that me right now Robert Mueller is in a bathroom stall trying finish his homework before they shut it all down.”

Noah: “(Trump) didn’t fire Jeff Sessions. He just said ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ and then the curse was broken.”

Kimmel: “That’s him exiting the building, leaving the Department of Justice to go back to live in his hollow tree.”

Fallon: “It makes sense that he’s leaving now. Santa needs him to start making toys at the North Pole.”

Corden: “I’ll tell you one thing: Jeff Sessions is leaving some very, very tiny shoes to fill.”

Meyers: “That’s right, Attorney General Jeff Sessions stepped down today. Apparently he’s been on a stool this whole time.”

Noah: “People were talking about Sessions getting fired for so long, he probably already had a backup job lined up. He’s like, ‘It’s OK, I’m already assistant manager at Baby Gap. But I want you to know I’ve recused myself from folding those onesies.’ “

Colbert: “No word what Jeff Sessions is going to do next. I assume he’s going to spend more time with his family separation policy.”

In the middle of an already chaotic day, President Donald Trump forced Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign — and several hours later, late-night comedians were ready to weigh in. Even they couldn’t believe the swiftness of the news cycle.

“We’re like, forget the Democrats in the House. Clearly, the big news of the day is now going to be Trump and his fiery press conference,” Trevor Noah said on “The Daily Show.” “But then Trump stood up again and said, ‘Oh, you think I’m the story of the day? No, I’m the story of the day.’”

They all zeroed in on Trump’s anger toward Sessions, particularly about the fact that he recused himself from the Russia investigation.

“Trump has made no secret of his feelings about Sessions,” Colbert said. “He’s called Sessions a ‘traitor,’ ‘a dumb Southerner,’ ‘Mr. Magoo,’ and perhaps most humiliating of all, ‘member of my administration.’”

Here are some of the other topics that Noah, Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, James Corden and Jimmy Fallon all covered:

Colbert: “Now, there is some confusion among stupid people as to whether Sessions was fired or he resigned. He did submit a letter of resignation, but it began, ‘At your request, I am submitting my resignation.’ Look at that. Southern hospitality until the end.”

Kimmel: “In the letter, he said he operated with integrity and strove to uphold the rule of law. And Trump was like, ‘Yeah, why do you think I fired you?’”

Meyers: “OK, but if it’s at his request, then it’s not a resignation. That’s like saying that you’re breaking up with someone because you don’t like the way they threw you out of the house.”

Noah: “Apparently, Trump didn’t fire him to his face or even call him. He just sent John Kelly with a prewritten resignation letter. John Kelly probably got there and he was like, ‘Alright Jeff, do you want to do it the easy way or the Omarosa way? Which one is it?’”

Kimmel: “Trump didn’t even fire him, he had his chief of staff, John Kelly, do it. You know, the one and only thing Trump is good at is firing people, and he can’t even do that.”

Colbert: “Who on earth would be willing to go down in history as the man who stepped in to fire Robert Mueller? Enter new acting attorney general and Caucasian M&M, Matt Whitaker. Now, there is no way to know Whitaker’s stance on the Mueller investigation — unless you read his op-ed, ‘Mueller’s investigation of Trump is going too far.’”

Noah: “Just because Matt Whitaker came up with a hypothetical plan to fire Robert Mueller doesn’t mean that he actually thinks the Mueller investigation has gone too far — except there is the fact that he also wrote an op-ed that was literally called, ‘Mueller’s investigation of Trump has gone too far.’ Which to me is kind of a red flag.”

Colbert: “So Trump just handpicked a guy who wants to stop the investigation into Donald Trump to be in charge of the investigation of Donald Trump. That’s like a defendant at a murder trial saying, ‘Your Honour, you’re fired. I’m going to have my friend Terry here take your seat. Now, then, Terry, if it please the court, did you throw that knife into the river like I asked? The correct answer is no.’”

Kimmel: “This guy wrote an op-ed critical of the Mueller investigation. That man will now be overseeing the Mueller investigation. OK, Bob Mueller, time to snort some Adderall and get that report done ASAP, you understand?”

Noah: “The Mueller investigation is in danger. And somebody tells that me right now Robert Mueller is in a bathroom stall trying finish his homework before they shut it all down.”

Noah: “(Trump) didn’t fire Jeff Sessions. He just said ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ and then the curse was broken.”

Kimmel: “That’s him exiting the building, leaving the Department of Justice to go back to live in his hollow tree.”

Fallon: “It makes sense that he’s leaving now. Santa needs him to start making toys at the North Pole.”

Corden: “I’ll tell you one thing: Jeff Sessions is leaving some very, very tiny shoes to fill.”

Meyers: “That’s right, Attorney General Jeff Sessions stepped down today. Apparently he’s been on a stool this whole time.”

Noah: “People were talking about Sessions getting fired for so long, he probably already had a backup job lined up. He’s like, ‘It’s OK, I’m already assistant manager at Baby Gap. But I want you to know I’ve recused myself from folding those onesies.’ “

Colbert: “No word what Jeff Sessions is going to do next. I assume he’s going to spend more time with his family separation policy.”