Dem Rep. Cohen Fumes at Whitaker Over Mueller Probe

Dem Rep. Cohen Fumes at Whitaker Over Mueller Probe

With Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) stepping back from his subpoena threats, acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was able to avoid answering a number of key questions posed by Democrats at a committee hearing Friday.

"Mr. Chairman, as I said earlier today in my opening remarks, I do not intend today to talk about my private conversations with the President of the United States, but to answer your question - I have not talked to the president of the United States about the special counsel's investigation", Whitaker told the committee.

The setup for Whitaker's hearing was fairly typical: Committee members did the asking in five-minute increments.

Whitaker's highly anticipated testimony Friday had been in limbo after the Democratic-led committee approved a tentative subpoena to ensure that he appeared and answered questions. Most notably, Whitaker said under oath he had never spoken with President Trump about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, nor had he interfered in it; he said he chose not to recuse himself from overseeing that probe; and that he had never denied any funding to the investigation.

Whitaker tried to interrupt, sparking a yelling match.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) did not press Whitaker about his thoughts on the Russian Federation probe, but he shared his concerns about another controversy. The testimony ended with Nadler warning that the answers Whitaker gave were insufficient.

He initially threatened not to appear at all unless the House promised not to subpoena him, evidently missing the point of what a subpoena is.

The hearing Friday comes as the Senate is close to confirming Trump's nominee for attorney general.

Democrats were often frustrated with his refusal to answer his questions, particularly after he discussed in an exchange with Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), the case against Roger Stone.


Democrats' fears of Whitaker discussing the Mueller investigation with Trump stem from the acting attorney general's prior statements about the matter.

The acting attorney general said that Mueller was would finish the probe "when he wants to finish his investigation". Whitaker received the questions weeks ago so they would know ahead of time which were subject to executive privilege.

In a letter to Nadler on Thursday afternoon, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote that Whitaker is prepared to testify that "at no time did the White House ask for, or did the acting attorney general provide, any promises or commitments concerning the special counsel's investigation".

"We require answers to these questions".

Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., tried to ask Whitaker who paid him the more than $1.2 million that he made heading a right-leaning nonprofit that doesn't disclose its donors, according to the nonprofit's tax filings.

Democrats demanded he recuse himself, and have called for an investigation into his decision not to recuse despite the recommendation from DOJ ethics officials.

FBI Director Christopher Wray, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Trump's pick for attorney general, William Barr, have maintained that they do not believe the investigation to be a witch hunt.

Ahead of the hearing, four Democratic House committee chairmen accused Whitaker of not repaying over $9,000 in funds to a now-shuttered, "scam" patent company he was involved with so that the money can be returned to victims, an issue that Democrats are likely to raise on Friday.

For his part, Collins called the daylong hearing a "dog and pony show".

Related Articles

  • Venezuelan opposition readies US  fund to receive oil revenue

    Venezuelan opposition readies US fund to receive oil revenue

    Traders are still anxious about the global economic slowdown especially because of the uncertainty surrounding the U.S. Also dampening market sentiment still were worries about weaker global economic growth and the US-China trade dispute.
    North magnetic pole fast moving towards Siberia, forcing navigation fix

    North magnetic pole fast moving towards Siberia, forcing navigation fix

    Airports around the country use the data to give runways numerical names, which pilots refer to on the ground", said the agency. Although not a problem for the general population, the effects of a shifting pole are creating headaches for military systems.
    Chinese New Year 2019: The Year of the Pig IN PICTURES

    Chinese New Year 2019: The Year of the Pig IN PICTURES

    Another part of the festivities is "hongbao" or red envelopes containing money, which are given to family and friends. Qian's hometown, Suzhou in the Southern China, uses many traditional Chinese New Year customs from the region.
  • Authorities confirm that the recovered body belongs to Emiliano Sala

    Authorities confirm that the recovered body belongs to Emiliano Sala

    The academy has a partnership with Bordeaux, and Sala was one of a handful of players to have gone from there to the French side. The Geo Ocean III transferred the body from the location of its discovery to Portland Port in Dorset early on Thursday.
    The world record-holding Instagram egg finally cracked

    The world record-holding Instagram egg finally cracked

    In a cryptic announcement made through a Hulu episode titled "The Reveal", the true meaning of our lil egg friend was unveiled. The page was set up at the start of January, and encouraged people to make its only photo the most-liked post on Instagram .
    Pope Francis celebrates historic mass in UAE

    Pope Francis celebrates historic mass in UAE

    Catholics believe the communion host and wine become the body and blood of Christ when consecrated by a priest during the Mass. Yesterday also saw Pope Francis partake in an interfaith meeting at the Founder's Memorial, the primary reason for his visit.
  • Bezos Says National Enquirer Tried to Blackmail Him With Intimate Photos

    Bezos Says National Enquirer Tried to Blackmail Him With Intimate Photos

    Bezos commissioned de Becker - his longtime security consultant - to investigate how the material fell into the Enquirer's hands. The National Enquirer published a story last month that included lurid texts between Bezos and former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez .
    BTS To Appear At The Grammy Awards

    BTS To Appear At The Grammy Awards

    The worldwide-famous boy group will be joining the 2019 Grammy Awards on February 10 as one of the event's award presenters. The nomination is a major moment in GRAMMY history, making BTS the first K-pop group to accomplish such a feat.
    Pelosi says Trump ‘threats’ have no place in Congress

    Pelosi says Trump ‘threats’ have no place in Congress

    On this night, the simplicity of white offered a reminder that fashion is often political. But here, he was applauding Democratic women, who are the reason for that new record.
  • Unai Emery, Arsenal manager, wants 5 new players at club this summer

    Unai Emery, Arsenal manager, wants 5 new players at club this summer

    Asked on Thursday if a win this weekend was essential, Emery told reporters: "Yes". We are strong at home, but I think we need to do better away. "But it is hard ".
    Ariana Grande Not Attending Grammys Over Disagreements With Producers!

    Ariana Grande Not Attending Grammys Over Disagreements With Producers!

    After releasing her fifth studio album, " thank u, next ", Ariana Grande was reportedly supposed to perform at the 2019 GRAMMYs . When people inevitably decry how irrelevant the Grammys have become, please direct them to exhibit A: an Ariana Grande no-show.
    Secretary of State Pompeo hosts Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

    Secretary of State Pompeo hosts Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

    The two suspects are held by Western-backed Kurdish forces in Northern Syria and have been stripped of their British nationality. The US has also requested custody of non-American nationals who have committed crimes that may be punishable under American law.