Whitaker Agrees to Testify at House Hearing Friday

House panel votes to authorize subpoena for Whitaker

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will tell lawmakers that there has been no change in the "overall management" of the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation.

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker danced around questions about conversations he had with President Donald Trump regarding special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation in a House judiciary committee hearing Friday.

Nadler sent a letter to Whitaker last month with the questions he meant to ask, requesting Whitaker to say then and there if he meant to invoke executive privilege.

The Justice Department told the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday afternoon that acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker would not appear at Friday's closely-watched oversight hearing unless he receives a written assurance he won't be served with a subpoena.

"Prior to Attorney General Jeff Sessions's firing, did you discuss or share your private opinion of the special counsel's investigation with [then-Chief of Staff John Kelly], Trump family members, and others?"

So far, the hearing has not shed much light on the status of the Mueller investigation - and it may not. After Nadler's opening statement - in which he also criticized Whitaker's decision not recuse himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation.

Democrats became increasingly agitated at what they saw as Whitaker's efforts to run out the clock and control the hearing process. "Given reports that Whitaker had engaged in extensive preparation, including mock questioning, I figured he would be armed with prepared responses to the questions he has been asked so far, which he should have anticipated in advance". "Mr. Chairman", he said, "I see that your five minutes is up".

Whitaker, however, did not answer that request, among other questions he avoided.

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"Can you say right now, "Mr. President, Bob Mueller is honest and not conflicted"?" asked Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif. They said it was not necessary because Whitaker was already appearing voluntarily. Whitaker said he had no knowledge of leaks to media outlets and that "It was deeply concerning to me how CNN found out".

Top Republican on the committee Rep. Doug Collins asked to adjourn the hearing, a move that was rejected by a voice vote.

The hearing was the first, and likely only, chance for newly empowered Democrats in the majority to grill an attorney general they perceive as a Trump loyalist and whose appointment they suspect was aimed at suppressing investigations of the Republican president. William Barr, Trump's nominee to be his permanent Attorney General, is on track to be confirmed by the full Senate next week.

Whitaker was a skeptic of Mueller before he came to work for the department, but he said his criticisms were based on the views of an outsider and that he's since gotten a better understanding of the case as acting attorney general. "Have you communicated any information in that briefing to President Trump?"

"We had the show yesterday", Collins said. "Answer the question, please".

Nadler told CNN Democrats will not be intimidated by Trump.

"Rather than conducting appropriate oversight into the department's programs and activities, the committee evidently seeks to ask questions about confidential presidential communications that no attorney general could ever be expected to disclose under the circumstances", Boyd wrote.

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