Whitaker hearing begins with theatrics, quickly turns contentious

Whitaker hearing begins with theatrics, quickly turns contentious

Nadler and Democrats want to question Whitaker about how he got his job and the way he's overseen the investigation into Russia's attack on the 2016 presidential election being run by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker snapped back on Friday at newly emboldened Democrats in Congress who are pushing for information on the special counsel's Russian Federation probe as they try to put President Donald Trump's administration under greater scrutiny.

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has agreed to appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Friday, defusing at least for the moment a charged partisan debate over threats to subpoena him.

Rosenstein also has tried to reassure people outside the Justice Department that irrespective of who is actually supervising the special counsel's office - whether him or Whitaker or the next likely attorney general, William Barr - the Mueller investigation would be handled "appropriately".

"I have not talked to the president of the United States about the special counsel investigation", Mr Whitaker told the House Judiciary Committee. He asked Whitaker to consult with the White House ahead of the hearing and tell the committee whether he would invoke privilege. After Nadler's opening statement - in which he also criticized Whitaker's decision not recuse himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation.

"Although I can not speak about my communications with the president, I do want to make clear that I am personally committed to the integrity of the Department of Justice", Whitaker wrote.

"I trust that the Members of this Committee will respect the confidentiality that is necessary to the proper functioning of the Presidency - just as we respect the confidentiality necessary to the Legislative Branch", Whitaker said.

Whitaker's highly anticipated testimony had been in limbo after the Democratic-led committee approved a tentative subpoena to ensure that he appeared and answered questions. "We have agreed to five-minute rounds", he added. He could answer the question that he didn't have a conversation, but did somebody else?

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Nadler then launched into his opening statement.

"I am aware of that, and it was deeply concerning to me as to how CNN found out about that", Whitaker said.

Republicans on Friday backed Whitaker, with ranking member Doug Collins, R-Ga., calling on the committee to adjourn - although a vote to do so did not pass.

But Whitaker turned the tables. 'Mr. (The Senate is slated to vote on Barr next week). "I say that with sadness, because the attorney general role is America's lawyer, we are his client, and we are represented by the congressmembers sitting in that room".

The retort came after Nadler had chastised Whitaker for evading questions and said that he wanted Whitaker to appear before the committee "in the coming weeks" for a private deposition. Answer the question, please, ' he pressed. Nadler asked Whitaker if he and Trump had discussed the ongoing probe. Nadler said he hopes not to have to use the subpoena, but "a series of troubling events over the past few months suggest that we should be prepared".

According to CNN, former Trump associate Roger Stone was "one of the last key campaign associates" to be investigated.

Whitaker never directly answered Nadler about whether anyone had ever asked him to intervene with Mueller.

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