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Rosalind Helderman is a political enterprise and investigations reporter for The Washington Post. She joined The Post in 2001.
The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said in an interview that the acting attorney general’s relationship with Sam Clovis creates a conflict.
Shortly after joining the World Patent Marketing board in late 2014, Whitaker personally intervened when a for-profit consumer complaint website posted comments critical of the company.
The conspiracy theorist said that after two months of providing information to prosecutors, his cooperation “exploded” in recent weeks.
Whitaker did not provide documents in response to a subpoena from the Federal Trade Commission seeking records related to World Patent Marketing.
Former customers of World Patent Marketing expressed dismay at his appointment as acting attorney general.
The new acting attorney general could sharply curtail Robert S. Mueller III’s authority or budget.
Voters in several states were considering ballot measures that would expand Medicaid, raise the minimum wage and loosen marijuana laws.
Filmmaker David Lugo and attorney Tyler Nixon both told The Post last month that comedian Randy Credico acknowledged being the source of material for Stone’s statements about WikiLeaks.
The exchange with Stephen K. Bannon undercuts Stone’s claim to The Washington Post that he never communicated with campaign officials about WikiLeaks.