Whitaker Cuts off Nadler: 'I See That Your Five Minutes is Up

FILE – Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker

There was tension on Capitol Hill Friday, when acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker testified before the house judiciary committee.

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"I am not kidding when I say I have interviewed terrorists who were more cooperative and respectful than Matt Whitaker was today", Figliuzzi told host Nicolle Wallace.

Republicans, meanwhile, dismissed the hearing with the lame-duck attorney general as a political stunt and even moved to end it before it began.

"On November 14, 2018, as the incoming chairmen of the four House committees of jurisdiction, we sent a letter requesting that you produce eight categories of documents relating to your work on behalf of World Patent Marketing and your communications with Scott Cooper, the company's CEO and founder", the letter said.

Several Republicans on the committee pushed for former Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican, to subpoena Rosenstein in the last Congress, though he ultimately did not appear.

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Mr. Swalwell then asked Mr. Whitaker to use the hearing to express that view to Mr. Trump.

"I share your concern with the possibility that a media outlet was tipped off to Mr. Stone's indictment or his arrest". Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., the chairman of the committee, of the committee's rules. 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. A Justice Department spokesperson told Fox News earlier this week that Whitaker had, in fact, accepted Nadler's invitation to testify in public.

"I'm thinking maybe we just set up a popcorn machine in the back, " said Rep. Doug Collins, the committee's top Republican. "And I have not interfered in any way with the special counsel's investigation".

"In an abundance of caution-to ensure that Mr. Whitaker both appears in the hearing room on Friday morning and answers our question cleanly-I have asked the Committee to authorize me to issue a subpoena to compel his testimony", Nadler said on Tuesday. We have agreed to five-minute rounds, ' said Whitaker, the only one in the room who appeared unaware that committee chairmen can bend the rules almost at will.

"Answer the question please", Nadler replied.

Shortly before Whitaker's threat to withdraw from the hearing, the House Judiciary Committee had voted 23-13 along party lines to have a subpoena ready in case Whitaker fails to show up or refuses to answer questions.

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"I have not talked to the president of the United States about the special counsel's investigation", Whitaker told a U.S.

Differences over a barrier were the crux of a dispute between Democrats and Trump that led to the recent partial government shutdown - and the government could shut down again unless negotiators can make progress on a deal to fund the Department of Homeland Security.

"Yes or no? Nadler responded. He's an outstanding person, a very very fine man", Trump said during a presidential memorandum signing in the Oval Office Thursday. Nadler, as chairman, has the right to essentially talk as long as he likes. Have you communicated anything you learned in that briefing about the investigation to President Trump?

"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.

Whitaker's appearance had been thrown into uncertainty after House Democrats threatened to subpoena his testimony about the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation.

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