Acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker testifies before House Judiciary Committee

Acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker testifies before House Judiciary Committee

Acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker testifies before House Judiciary Committee

Whitaker gave key assurances in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee: "I have not interfered in any way" in Mueller's probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign.

The nomination of Barr, who served as attorney general between 1991 and 1993 under President George H.W. Bush, is expected to be confirmed in a vote that could come as early as next week. Yet television networks spent the better part of the day airing it live, and some in the GOP anxious privately that Whitaker seemed unprepared at times. Stay with us for updates.

Demings repeatedly asked if Whitaker ever discussed with Trump the Southern District of New York's case against former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty past year to eight counts of campaign finance and tax violations, including making payments to porn star Stormy Daniels at what he said was the direction of Trump himself. Collins replied, referring to the Obama administration's Attorneys General Loretta Lynch and Eric Holder. "Now you're here because we have a constitutional duty to ask questions and the Congress has the right to establish government rules". When they did ask questions about the investigation, Republicans asked whether it had strayed from the pursuit of possible crimes to targeting individuals, and whether key Justice Department officials were biased in the investigation.

Whitaker said then he might not attend, prompting Nadler to backtrack.

To summarize, Democrats argue that AG Matthew Whitaker was disrespectful and Republicans argue that Democrat members were rude and antagonistic. But it unusual for a witness to claim that a member's time has expired. "Stone's indictment or his arrest".

Whitaker laid the groundwork for a likely tussle with Democrats by saying in his opening statement that while he would address their questions, he would not reveal details of his communications with Trump.

Mr Trump fired his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, in November 2018.

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Amid a heated back-and-forth, Nadler asked, "In your capacity as acting attorney general, have you ever been asked to approve any request or action to be taken by the special counsel?"

"Mr. Chairman, I see that your five minutes is up". "I'm here voluntarily. I agreed to five-minute rounds".

"I know you're very interested in the special counsel investigation", Whitaker noted sarcastically. He criticized the committee for prematurely and unnecessarily authorizing a subpoena for him even though he had agreed to appear.

He did draw gasps, however, when he told Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler, "Your five minutes are up".

The Daily Wire's Emily Zanotti noted, "CNN reports that Whitaker has been "fully briefed" on Mueller's investigation and that he anticipates a swift end to the probe". He talks to Anna Maria Tremonti about his time working on Trump's campaign, and having the president's ear.

Nadler, a bulldog questioner under the Republican majority, piped up. Have you communicated anything you learned in that briefing about the investigation to President Trump?

In his prepared opening statement, Whitaker said he meant to protect executive privilege involving his "deliberations or conversations" with the President, citing "long-standing executive branch policy".

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