Judiciary Committee Laughs After Acting AG Whitaker Tries to Tell Chairman Nadler His Time Is Up

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Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker tried to dodge a question about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation at a House hearing Friday by telling Chairman Jared Nadler (D-N.Y.) that his questioning time was up.

“Now 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?” Nadler asked.

“Mr. Chairman, I see that your five minutes is up,” Whitaker answered. The room erupted in laughter. Nadler, as chairman, controls the committee and decides for himself how long he and others can speak. Whitaker didn’t get it.

“I’m here voluntarily,” he said as the room continued to laugh. “We’ve agreed to five-minute rounds.”

Nadler laughed and shook his head himself before clarifying the hearing’s rules. “I will point out that we didn’t enforce the five-minute rule on the acting Attorney General Whitaker,” he said, before repeating the original question about Special Counsel Mueller.

“The attorney general was in the middle of saying something, answer the question, please.”

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Whitaker eventually responded to Nadler original inquiry. “I have not interfered in any way with the special counsel’s investigation,” he said.

Whitaker’s hearing was tense with House Democrats as the acting Attorney General began his opening statement saying that he would refuse to answer questions regarding his conversations with President Donald Trump.

Whitaker, unlike his predecessor Jeff Sessions, said he would not recuse himself from overseeing Russia investigation despite the Justice Department’s ethics official’s recommendation that he do so.

“Mr. Whitaker, like everyone else at the Department of Justice, you are entitled to your political opinions,” Nadler began the hearing Friday.

“But when career officials at the department recommended that you take steps to mitigate your apparent conflicts of interest, Mr. Whitaker — when they told you that your public criticism of the special counsel was bad for the department and bad for the administration of justice, you ignored them.”

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Bridget Taylor
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Bridget Taylor

So you prepare a sopena to compel certain testimony. How are you on an ethics committee doing things like that. Why don’t you ask Rosenstein to answer his sopena that is almost 6 months old. Maybe he can produce the government documents that were sopena’d. Corrupt and hypocritical, Has to… Read more »

Phyllis Softa
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You appear a bit confused and I am not referring to your repeated misspelling of subpoena. The “I don’t recall” meme that became popular in 2017 was a result of Jeff Sessions—who has NEVER been identified as a Democrat. Rod Rosenstein is the Assistant AG, nominated by Trump and approved… Read more »

Rocky Drummond
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Rocky Drummond

I have never, ever seen that before. This guy has a pair.

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