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  • It Exists: DOJ Finds Letter Ordering Scrutiny of Uranium One, Hillary Clinton

    03/09/2019 7:17:55 PM PST · by Aquamarine · 310 replies
    daily beast ^ | 3/9/2019 | Betsy Woodruff
    After it claimed no such document existed, the Justice Department just unearthed a letter Matt Whitaker delivered to the Utah U.S. attorney directing a review of how the department handled the Clinton Foundation and the Uranium One issues. Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote the letter on Nov. 22, 2017 for Utah U.S. Attorney John Huber. Matt Whitaker, who was Sessions’ chief of staff at the time, emailed the letter to Huber that day, writing, “As we discussed.” He also sent Huber a copy of a letter the Justice Department’s Congressional affairs chief sent to the chairman of the House Judiciary...
  • Matthew Whitaker has left the Justice Department

    03/04/2019 4:32:17 PM PST · by zeestephen · 34 replies
    NBC News ^ | 04 March 2019 | Julia Ainsley
    Former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker left his position at the Justice Department on Saturday, a department spokeswoman said.
  • House Judiciary chairman says Whitaker will return to Capitol to clarify testimony

    02/26/2019 5:27:18 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/26/19 | Justin Wise
    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...
  • Former senior FBI official calls Whitaker hearing ‘disgraceful’

    02/08/2019 10:15:06 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 79 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/08/19 | Tal Axelrod
    Former senior FBI official Chuck Rosenberg ripped Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker on Friday night, calling his testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee “disgraceful.” "I’ve testified many times in Congress," Rosenberg, who served as chief of staff under former FBI Director James Comey and as a U.S. attorney in the Bush (and Obama) administration(s), explained during an interview on MSBNC. "Sometimes the questions are good and thoughtful, sometimes they’re compound and incomprehensible, but you have to answer every one with a degree of civility and dignity, and that was sorely lacking.” Whitaker sparred with various lawmakers during his...
  • Hearing Goes Off The Rails – Sheila Jackson Lee Doesn’t Like Matt Whitaker’s Joke…

    02/08/2019 12:40:36 PM PST · by Based Newsman · 35 replies
    Sheila Jackson Lee gets in nasty dustup with Whitaker https://youtu.be/xopB8fsZlVU “Mr. Attorney General, we’re not joking here, and your humor is not acceptable,” Jackson Lee snapped. “You are here because we have a constitutional duty to ask questions, and the Congress has the right to establish government rules. The rules are that you are here. So, I need to ask the question and I need to have my time restored so you can behave appropriately. I will behave appropriately as a member of the Judiciary Committee.”
  • Hearing erupts as Acting AG Whitaker calls time on Dem chairman: ‘Your 5 minutes is up’

    02/08/2019 8:46:38 AM PST · by jazusamo · 106 replies
    Fox News ^ | Februry 8, 2019 | Brooke Singman
    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...
  • Mueller investigation near completion, acting AG Whitaker says

    01/28/2019 2:34:15 PM PST · by Red Badger · 181 replies
    NBC News ^ | 01/28/2019 | By Dareh Gregorian
    Special counsel Robert Mueller has almost finished up his nearly two-year investigation into collusion and Russian interference in the 2016 election, the acting attorney general said Monday. "The investigation is, I think, close to being completed, and I hope that we can get the report from [Special Counsel] Mueller as soon we — as possible," acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said during a news conference after announcing criminal charges against one of China's largest telecommunications companies. "I have been fully briefed on the investigation, and I look forward to director Mueller delivering the report, and I really am not going...
  • Mueller probe 'close to being completed' - acting U.S. attorney general

    01/28/2019 2:33:24 PM PST · by detective · 22 replies
    MSN News ^ | 1/28/2019
    The probe of possible Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, is wrapping up, Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker told reporters on Monday. "I've been fully briefed on the investigation and I look forward to Director Mueller delivering the final report"
  • Supreme Court passes on case removing Whitaker as acting AG

    01/14/2019 9:00:31 AM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 24, 2019 | Alex Swoyer
    The Supreme Court denied an effort to strip acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s name from a pending case, swatting down a push to force the justices to send a signal that President Trump’s temporary pick is illegal. Lawyers had asked the justices to remove Mr. Whitaker and substitute Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, arguing that he should be the rightful head of the Justice Department under the law, after former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was ousted last year. The request came in a case involving Barry Michaels, who is challenging a law denying him the right to purchase a firearm...
  • Congressman calls on Justice Department to halt federal funding for Nation of Islam

    01/07/2019 3:40:13 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 07, 2019 11:13 AM | Alana Goodman
    Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., Monday called on the Department of Justice to immediately halt federal funding to the Nation of Islam, after the Washington Examiner first reported that the group has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the government to teach religious studies programs to prison inmates. In a letter to the Justice Department obtained by the Washington Examiner, Buchanan called the report “disturbing” and said the government’s funding of the openly anti-Semitic black separatist group was “downright immoral.” “As you may know, the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center have designated the Nation of Islam as...
  • Goodlatte and Gowdy Send Letter Outlining Joint Investigation

    12/29/2018 7:17:46 PM PST · by bitt · 73 replies
    WASHINGTON, DC – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) sent a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Inspector General Michael Horowitz, and Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker outlining the Committees’ joint investigation into decisions made by the Department of Justice in 2016 and 2017. The letter sent to Majority Leader McConnell, Mr. Horowitz, and Mr. Whitaker can be found HERE.
  • Mueller 'must be trusted' say GOP taskforce leaders in ending investigation into DOJ

    12/28/2018 10:31:20 PM PST · by seacapn · 70 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 28, 2018 06:32 PM | Daniel Chaitin
    Two top Republican chairmen stressed Friday that the final report from special counsel Robert Mueller "must be trusted by Americans." In closing out their joint committee investigation into decisions made by the Justice Department, Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., took a shot at their Democratic counterparts for playing up concerns that their probe was a campaign to undermine Mueller. "Contrary to Democrat and media claims, there has been no effort to discredit the work of the Special Counsel," Gowdy and Goodlatte wrote in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., acting Attorney...
  • The Latest: More candidates emerge for Trump chief of staff

    12/09/2018 6:59:35 PM PST · by conservative98 · 35 replies
    CBS Cleaveland 19 ^ | | December 9, 2018 | ZEKE MILLER
    people being considered are the White House budget chief, Mick Mulvaney, and a Republican congressman from North Carolina, Mark Meadows. Other names in the mix include Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and Trump's former deputy campaign manager, David Bossie.
  • Comey calls acting attorney general 'not the sharpest knife'

    11/27/2018 10:08:13 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 60 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | November 27, 2018 | by AP
    Former FBI Director James Comey says Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker "may not be the sharpest knife" in the drawer. Comey made those comments during an interview Monday with WGBH News in Boston. Comey said Whitaker "may not be the sharpest knife in our drawer" but Comey said Whitaker "knows that if he acted in an extralegal way, he would go down in history for the wrong reasons."
  • Office of Special Counsel Opens Investigation on Acting AG Whitaker Over Hatch Act Violation

    11/23/2018 4:16:03 PM PST · by Proud White Trump Supporter · 86 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Nov 23, 2018 | Jim Hoft
    Full Title: Here We Go: Office of Special Counsel Opens Investigation on Acting AG Matt Whitaker Over Hatch Act Violations An independent federal investigative agency is looking into whether acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker violated prohibitions on political activities by federal employees by accepting contributions to his 2014 Senate campaign earlier this year. Last January and February, when Whitaker served as chief of staff at the Department of Justice, four individuals donated a total of $8,800 to the committee for Whitaker’s unsuccessful 2014 run for a Senate seat in Iowa, according to Federal Election Commission records. Austin Evers, the executive...
  • Whitaker’s post provides ample tools to disrupt Mueller probe

    11/23/2018 10:01:08 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/23/18 06:00 AM EST | MORGAN CHALFANT
    Matthew Whitaker doesn’t have to fire Robert Mueller to throw a wrench in the special counsel’s investigation. Much of the focus on President Trump’s appointment of Whitaker to temporarily replace former Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been on the possibility of Whitaker removing Mueller, a move that would undoubtedly spark public outrage and trigger full-scale investigations by Democrats, who are poised to take control of the House in January. ADVERTISEMENT But federal regulations offer Whitaker, now acting attorney general, broad authority with respect to the special counsel that extends beyond the ability to remove Mueller, giving him the ability to...
  • Dershowitz Feuds With Blumenthal Over Whitaker: 'I Was in School of Harvard, Not Schoolhouse Rock'

    11/20/2018 11:42:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 71 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 20, 2018 | Cortney O'Brien
    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wants the DOJ inspector general to investigate President Trump's relationship and correspondence with Matthew Whitaker in the wake of his appointment to acting attorney general. Trump gave Whitaker the role after ousting former AG Jeff Sessions. Democrats are outraged for at least two reasons. One, that Whitaker has publicly criticized Robert Mueller's Russia probe and two, that Whitaker did not get Senate approval for the new position. They argue that under the succession statute, the role of acting AG rightfully belongs to Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein. Schumer adds that if Whitaker remains in the role, he...
  • Trump gives Whitaker free rein over Mueller probe: 'It's going to be up to him'

    11/18/2018 8:02:40 AM PST · by jazusamo · 42 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 18, 2018 | S.A. Miller
    President Trump on Sunday said he is giving acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker free rein over special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, including limiting or shutting down the investigation. “It’s going to be up to him,” Mr. Trump said in an interview aired on Fox News Sunday.” “I wouldn’t get involved.”
  • Trump: So funny to see little Adam Schitt talking that Matt Whitaker was not approved by the Senate

    11/18/2018 10:45:25 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 72 replies
    Twitter ^ | November 18, 2018 | Donald J. Trump
    So funny to see little Adam Schitt (D-CA) talking about the fact that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was not approved by the Senate, but not mentioning the fact that Bob Mueller (who is highly conflicted) was not approved by the Senate!
  • Maryland Says Matthew Whitaker Appointment As Acting Attorney General Is Unlawful

    11/12/2018 11:44:50 PM PST · by Revel · 62 replies
    NPR ^ | 11/12/18 | Nina Totenberg
    President Trump's choice of Matthew Whitaker to be the acting attorney general is running into a buzz-saw of opposition, and not just from Democrats. And now, the first legal action is being filed Tuesday, by the state of Maryland, challenging Whitaker's status. It does not involve limits to asylum claims that Whitaker has already put into effect, nor any challenge involving the Mueller investigation of the president, which Whitaker has frequently criticized. No, the first blow involves the Affordable Care Act, and whether its provisions guaranteeing that people with previous medical conditions are entitled to health insurance rates similar to...