Now that Jeff Sessions is officially out as Attorney General, his temporary replacement will be Matthew Whitaker. And as seems to always be the case with this administration, Whitaker’s past is filled with troubling stories. He once sat on the board of a company called World Patent Marketing which was sued by the federal government a few years ago for being a complete scam and stealing millions of dollars from hopeful inventors. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this story.


So Matthew Whitaker who is at present our Acting Attorney General after Donald Trump kind of forced Jeff Sessions to resign. We’ve already talked about the fact that Whitaker is a guy that wants to end the Mueller probe. He has expressedly said so in an op ed, and actually laid out the blueprint for how he would do it.

Everybody knows about that part though. But what a lot of people may not know is that Whitaker is also a professional fraudster. Last year, even before he joined Jeff Session’s staff at the DOJ, an op ed … Not an op ed, an article came out explaining just what a fraud Matthew Whitaker truly is.

And here’s what happened. Whitaker sat on the Board of Directors, was getting paid on the Board of Directors of a company called World Patent Marketing. World Patent Marketing was one of those places that told inventors out there in the United States send us your idea. We’re going to help you get patented; we’re going to help you get marketing; we’re going to help you make this into the next billion-dollar idea here in the United States.

So thousands of wannabe inventors, wannabe, you know, innovators in the United States, sent their ideas down to this company, paid them thousands of dollars while Whitaker was sitting on the board and then they did nothing. They pocketed these people’s money, and they didn’t do anything. They did nothing that they promised.

And we know they did nothing that they promised because that’s what came out from a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit against this company. So the federal government itself had to step in and sue this company that Whitaker was on the Board of Directors of because they were scamming consumers.

They were scamming people with good ideas because they themselves didn’t have any good ideas and the only way they knew how to make money was to take advantage of people with good ideas.

It actually gets even worse than just that. While on the Board of Directors, there was one inventor who submitted a bad review of the company to the Better Business Bureau. Whitaker, on the Board of Directors, sent this guy a letter and said the following, basically he threatened him. He said, “I am assuming you understanding that there will be serious civil and criminal consequences for you.” Understand that we take threats like this quite seriously.

He also used his weight as a former prosecutor to try to get this guy to take down his review or retract it to the Better Business Bureau. That’s what happened. Okay, the guy realized he got scammed. Told the BBB and then Whitaker flies off the handle, sends him a letter threatening him because he exposed what this company was actually doing.

And ladies and gentlemen, this is the man who as of right now and for the short-term foreseeable future is going to be our Attorney General of the United States.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced