Nadler prepares subpoena for Whitaker if he backs out of testimony

Nadler prepares subpoena for Whitaker if he backs out of testimony

Whitaker toggled between defending his role in the special counsel's investigation and echoing the president's talking points, conceding for instance that while foreign interference in US elections was a problem, so too was voter fraud - a key issue for Republicans, but one that Democrats say is overstated.

The hearing took place as Trump's nomination of former Attorney General William Barr is making its way through the Senate. Stay with us for updates.

Lesko said that the entire affair was "quite disgusting" and Democrats were trying to harass Whitaker. "Now, you are here because we have a constitutional duty to ask questions, and the Congress has a right to establish government rules".

"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. "You don't run the Congress of the United States, and you don't run the Judiciary Committee", Raskin snapped. The "hearing" was clearly a dog-and-pony show that was meant to cast doubt on the credibility of Matt Whitaker, the DOJ and President Trump before Trump's new attorney general (Michael Barr) would soon take office.

Whitaker and Nadler then clashed when the witness informed the chair his five-minute time limit to ask questions had run out.

But Whitaker turned the tables. 'Mr. "Stone's indictment or his arrest".

Whitaker stunned onlookers when he told House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., that his time slot had expired as Nadler asked Whitaker if he'd been "asked to approve any requests or action" for the special counsel.

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The blogger said the Democrats on the committee "are trying to redirect nearly every topic back to the Russian Federation investigation, and Whitaker has repeatedly said that he wouldn't answer questions about his private conversations with the president".

"There are a whole list of questions we don't know the answers to about foreign interference in the election, foreign influence over this administration and garden variety corruption, interference with justice, obstruction of justice and abuse of power in many ways", he said.

'I am here voluntarily.

Whitaker has been supervising special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation after rejecting the advice of career ethics officials to step aside out of an abundance of caution.

The House Committee approved the subpoena.

The Daily Wire's Emily Zanotti noted, "CNN reports that Whitaker has been "fully briefed" on Mueller's investigation and that he anticipates a swift end to the probe".

'Very good. Thank you, ' Nadler responded. He talks to Anna Maria Tremonti about his time working on Trump's campaign, and having the president's ear.

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