Whitaker Stuns Committee by Telling Judiciary Chairman ‘Your Five Minutes Is Up’

Whitaker Stuns Committee by Telling Judiciary Chairman ‘Your Five Minutes Is Up’

At 9:30 a.m. ET, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is set to testify before the House Judiciary Committee.

The hearing concluded with Nadler calling Whitaker's testimony inconsistent "at best". Stay with us for updates.

At times, Whitaker appeared to be adopting deliberate stalling tactics to avoid answering Democrats' questions.

Barr served as attorney general from 1991 to 1993 in the George H.W. Bush administration.

"We require answers to these questions".

The committee's top Republican, Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), blasted the entire hearing - which he said was supposed to be about oversight of the Justice Department, but was really about "character assassination" and an attempt to attack the president. "I will behave appropriately as a member of the Judiciary Committee".

In a combative congressional hearing, Whitaker said he had not talked to Trump about the probe into whether Moscow tried to tip the 2016 presidential election, or "interfered in any way" in the investigation since taking his role in November.

Whitaker is likely in his final days as the country's chief law enforcement officer because the Senate plans to vote soon on confirming William Barr, Trump's pick for attorney general.

"I share your concern with the possibility that a media outlet was tipped off to Mr".

Whitaker and Boyd's letters Thursday are early indicators that the president's legal team will take an aggressive approach to stall the disclosure of conversations between Trump and his advisers to House investigators. But it unusual for a witness to claim that a member's time has expired. But Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham delayed the committee vote until just before 1 pm.

Republicans appear emboldened by Whitaker's backbone much like they are by President Trump's brazen politics, leading many to call for the acting AG to be made permanent.

He told lawmakers that there has been no change since his arrival in the job in the "overall management" of special counsel's Robert Mueller investigation. But Whitaker declined to say if he had discussed with Rosenstein the deputy attorney general's comments about invoking the 25th Amendment in an effort to trigger Trump's removal from office.

Democrats have said they want to talk to Whitaker because he is a close ally of Trump who has criticized Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, which he oversees.

"Mr. Chairman, I see that your five minutes is up", Whitaker said. Then Nadler threatened a subpoena if he refused.

In his opening remarks, Whitaker said he was ready to answer questions -but not all of them. Jerry Nadler said he wanted to ask Whitaker if he helped orchestrate Sessions' departure. In May 2017, he appointed Mueller and he continues to oversee the day-to-day operations of the investigation.

"Yes or no? Nadler responded". He talks to Anna Maria Tremonti about his time working on Trump's campaign, and having the president's ear.

"There are a whole list of questions we don't know the answers to about", he said. Have you communicated anything you learned in that briefing about the investigation to President Trump?

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