Skip to comments.Hearing erupts as Acting AG Whitaker calls time on Dem chairman: ‘Your 5 minutes is up’
Posted on 02/08/2019 8:46:38 AM PST by jazusamo
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker stunned onlookers and lawmakers during an already-contentious House hearing Friday, when he tried to call time on the Democratic chairman after yet another line of questioning regarding Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe.
The retort came after Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., first said he wanted Whitaker to appear for a private deposition after the hearing and went on to ask Whitaker whether he had been asked to approve any requests or action for the special counsel.
Mr. Chairman, I see that your five minutes is up, so Whitaker replied as the hearing room broke out in gasps. I am here voluntarily. We have agreed to five-minute rounds.
Nadler, who even cracked a slight smile at the response, repeated his question, and Whitaker ultimately responded: I have not interfered in any way with the special counsels investigation.
The fiery back and forth follows a dramatic political prelude to the hearing itself, complete with threats by Nadler to subpoena the witness and threats by the DOJ to boycott. Democrats are acutely focused on Whitaker's oversight of the Mueller probe, in his acting AG status while awaiting confirmation of President Trump's attorney general pick William Barr.
There has been no change in the overall management of the special counsel investigation, Whitaker testified Friday, saying that he never offered any promises or commitments regarding the Mueller or any other investigation.
Nadler pressed Whitaker over whether he had shared information about the investigation with Trump, or any White House officials.
I do not intend today to talk about my private conversations, but to answer your question, I did not talk to the president about the status of the investigation, Whitaker answered. Consistent with what Ive already said, I have not talked about the special counsels investigation with any White House...
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Wow...Whitaker is a bull.....very different from Princess Comey
YEAH!! YEAH!!! YEAH!!! A FIGHTER!! ON OUR SIDE!! YEAH!
Careful. Smirks are punishable.
Trump should probably just stick with this guy.
“Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker”
Could’ve fooled me. Mueller is and Mat is letting him run the place. Pathetic dog and pony show.
“Good Day Sir
John Adams would be proud!
Nadler is a pompous a$$ with delusions of grandeur and Whitaker cut him down a notch or two. :^)
He's holding the seat for Barr.
Remember, the alternative was the rules of succession which means Rosenstein would have become AG.
Doesn’t come off as overly smart though... I like the fact he stuck to the chairman, as did several others by the sound of it, but he seems kind of like a jock debating a bunch of nerds.
He did it to Nadler! It would have been funny if Nadler reinflated to his pre-stomach staple self.
Only if you're wearing a MAGA hat.
I was outside and walked back in and heard shouting from the hearing and wondered WHO it was and it was Collins from GA really raking Nadler over the coals - it was priceless. Nadler was sitting right beside him.
Wish Whitaker could wrap his huge hands around that jerk’s neck...I don’t think he had a clue about what was going on as an aide behind him had to keep reaching over his shoulder to show him something or to clarify something for him. I have to wonder how these people even manage to get to work in the mornings..
I know. Forget that friend of Herr Mueller (William Barr).
Stick with this guy.
Lets wrap this Freepathon up, Folks!
Rules is rules.
We had an agreement.
Five minutes and no more.
So I guess I dont have to stick to my side of the agreement, either.
I refer specifically to point number 6 which states Witness will not throw any dead animals at a questioner.
Heres your dead mackerel!
‘Acting’ are frequently moved to the permanent job. They have to step aside from the ‘Acting’ job to be nominated.
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