Skip to comments.House Judiciary chairman says Whitaker will return to Capitol to clarify testimony
Posted on 02/26/2019 5:27:18 PM PST by yesthatjallen
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday that former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker would return to Capitol Hill to clarify previous testimony.
"I want to thank Mr. Whitaker for volunteering to meet with us to clarify his @HouseJudiciary testimony, and I look forward to working with Ranking Member @RepDougCollins to schedule that meeting in the coming days," Nadler tweeted.
The Justice Department said that Whitaker will meet with the committee privately, according to The Associated Press.
Whitaker publicly testified before the Judiciary Committee on Feb. 8 in what was at times a heated hearing. Nadler invited Whitaker to speak with the committee again just days later, saying in a letter that the official's answers were "unsatisfactory, incomplete, or contradicted by other evidence."
"You repeatedly refused to offer clear responses regarding your communications with the White House, and you were inconsistent in your application of the Departments policy related to the discussion of ongoing investigations," Nadler added.
Whitaker, who is now a senior counselor in the office of associate attorney general, has gained scrutiny regarding his interactions with President Trump.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that the Judiciary Committee believes it has evidence Trump asked Whitaker to put his ally, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, in charge of an investigation into Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen.
Berman recused himself from the Southern District of New York's probe of Cohen because he donated to Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.
The Journal noted that there is no sign Whitaker acted on the request. However, the committee is probing whether Whitaker committed perjury while giving testimony, a person familiar with the matter told The Journal.
A Justice Department spokeswoman, Kerri Kupec, told The New York Times last week that Whitaker "stands by his testimony."
The House Judiciary Committee believes it has evidence that President Trump asked Matthew Whitaker, at the time the acting attorney general, whether Manhattan U.S. attorney Geoffrey Berman could regain control of his offices investigation into Mr. Trumps former lawyer and his real-estate business, according to people familiar with the matter.
Mr. Berman, a former law partner of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani who in 2016 donated to the Trump campaign and whom the president personally interviewed for the U.S. attorney job, last year had recused himself from involvement in the matter. He didnt give a reason, but legal experts said his interim status at the time the probe began would have made his involvement appear improper. The investigation began as a probe of the business dealings of Michael Cohen, Mr. Trumps former lawyer, and has broadened to examine the Trump Organization.
Mr. Cohen on Wednesday is set to deliver public testimony for the first time before the House Oversight Committee, in which he is expected to talk about his decade of working for Mr. Trump and about the hush-money payments he arranged during the 2016 campaign to women who alleged sexual encounters with Mr. Trump. Mr. Cohen has pleaded guilty to charges including campaign-finance violations and lying to Congress, and last year he was sentenced to three years in prison.
Nadler is a snake a POS scumbag.
Whitaker should tell him to shove it.
Whitaker will NOT have to be on his best behavior this time.
Fat Nadler better mind his five minutes.
Get 'em Whitaker.
Who cares? BUILD THE WALL
I hope Whitaker smacks Nadler, and the rest of his evil minions like he did the last time.
I dont often desire that one seize up, but in this case...
Whitaker should hand No-Nads his own teeth in a snack Baggie.
Whittaker to Jabba: Your five minutes are up, you big fat slob.
(Jabba is actually not offended because he wanted to take a Cheetos break anyway.)
Nailer is flexing his little pecker.
“Nailer is flexing his little pecker.”
He’s way out of his league with Mr. Whitaker.
The only way they can know what Trump asked Whitaker is if they had the president or Whitaker under electronic surveillance.
If this was a face-to-face meeting, they have bugged the White House.
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