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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 Sessionsí chief of staff at the time, emailed the letter to Huber that day, writing, ďAs we discussed.Ē He also sent Huber a copy of a letter the Justice Departmentís Congressional affairs chief sent to the chairman of the House Judiciary...
  • Whitaker out at Justice Department

    03/04/2019 9:42:53 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/04/2019 | Morgan Chalfant
    Former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has left the Department of Justice. A Justice Department spokesman told The Hill that Whitakerís last day was Saturday but did not expand on the circumstances surrounding his departure or his plans after leaving. It is unclear where Whitaker might go, including whether he might seek another role in the Trump administration. Whitaker served as the chief of staff for former attorney general Jeff Sessions until last November, when President Trump tapped him to lead the department temporarily following Sessionsís ouster. Sessions resigned at Trumpís request the day after the November midterm elections, after...
  • 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 ‚Ā¶@HouseJudiciary‚Ā© testimony, and I look forward to working with Ranking Member ‚Ā¶@RepDougCollins‚Ā© 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...
  • House Investigators Probe Trump Contact With Matthew Whitaker

    02/25/2019 8:07:12 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 16 replies
    WSJ ^ | 02/25/19 | Rebecca Ballhaus
    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 officeís investigation into Mr. Trumpís 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 didnít give a reason, but legal experts said his...
  • SNL's Meet the Press Cold Open Obsesses Over Jeff Bezos' Penis Size: Small Potatoes

    02/09/2019 10:48:03 PM PST · by Conserv · 11 replies
    The opener started with a Meet the Press panel featuring Peggy Noonan (as played by Cecily Strong), Donna Brazile (Leslie Jones) and Eugene Robinson (Keenan Thompson). ďYouíre all highly-respected journalists, so when all is said and done, what do you think Jeff Bezosí penis is gonna look like?Ē SNLís Chuck Todd (Kyle Mooney) asked. ďI know normally high-minded journalists wouldnít talk about something like this, but it does involve the richest man in America and the president of the United States.Ē ďAs a journalist, this is not something I ever thought Iíd have to cover, but as a human, Iím...
  • Trump slams Dems over 'viscious' treatment of acting AG Whitaker

    02/09/2019 8:43:41 AM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 9, 2019 | Dave Boyer
    President Trump slammed ďviciousĒ congressional Democrats Saturday for their hostile questioning of acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker in a contentious House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing. ďThe Democrats in Congress yesterday were vicious and totally showed their cards for everyone to see,Ē Mr. Trump tweeted. ďWhen the Republicans had the Majority they never acted with such hatred and scorn!...
  • Former senior FBI official calls Whitaker hearing Ďdisgracefulí

    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 ďdisgraceful.Ē "Iíve 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 theyíre compound and incomprehensible, but you have to answer every one with a degree of civility and dignity, and that was sorely lacking.Ē Whitaker sparred with various lawmakers during his...
  • Live: Matt Whitaker testifies before Congress (9:30 am EST)

    02/08/2019 6:24:49 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 67 replies
    Fox via Youtube ^ | 02/08/19 | Fox News
    Live: Matt Whitaker testifies before Congress
  • Hearing Goes Off The Rails Ė Sheila Jackson Lee Doesnít Like Matt Whitakerís JokeÖ

    02/08/2019 12:40:36 PM PST · by Based Newsman · 35 replies
    Sheila Jackson Lee gets in nasty dustup with Whitaker ďMr. Attorney General, weíre not joking here, and your humor is not acceptable,Ē Jackson Lee snapped. ďYou 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.Ē
  • Democrat to acting AG: 'We are not joking here' (Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee)

    02/08/2019 11:17:25 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 123 replies
    Democrat to acting AG: 'We are not joking here' By Morgan Chalfant - 02/08/19 12:26 PM EST Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) chided acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker for behaving in an unacceptable manner during a confrontational House Judiciary Committee hearing Friday. ďMr. attorney general, we are not joking here,Ē Jackson Lee said. ďAnd your humor is not acceptable.Ē The tense exchange came as the congresswoman asked Whitaker a series of yes or no questions about his role at the Justice Department and oversight of special counsel Robert Muellerís investigation. Members often asked yes or no questions during oversight hearings...
  • Acting AG Whitaker: 'Deeply concerning' how CNN found out about Stone raid

    02/08/2019 10:29:43 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/08/19 | Joe Concha
    Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker said it was "deeply concerning" to him how CNN appeared to have advance knowledge of a raid on the home of political operative Roger Stone. "It was deeply concerning to me as to how CNN found out about that,Ē Whitaker stated during an oversight hearing to the House Judiciary Committee on Friday morning. CNN said on Jan. 24 that it was in position to capture the dramatic raid by the FBI as a result of "good instincts, some key clues, more than a year of observing comings at the DC federal courthouse and the special...
  • Hearing erupts as Acting AG Whitaker calls time on Dem chairman: ĎYour 5 minutes is upí

    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 ďasked to approve any requests or actionĒ for the special counsel. ďMr. Chairman, I see that your five minutes is up, soÖĒ Whitaker replied as the hearing room broke out...
  • Whitaker will testify before House panel after tense back-and-forth: Nadler and DOJ

    02/07/2019 6:27:28 PM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 7, 2019 | Gregg Re
    After a tense back-and-forth between congressional Democrats and the Justice Department, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler and the DOJ announced Thursday evening that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, likely in his final days as the country's chief law enforcement officer, will appear Friday as scheduled before the panel. House Democrats had threatened to subpoena Whitaker's testimony about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, and in response, Whitaker -- who previously had agreed to testify -- warned that he wouldn't show up unless lawmakers dropped the ultimatum he described as "political theater." In a letter to Whitaker late Thursday, Nadler,...
  • 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 Whitakerís name from a pending case, swatting down a push to force the justices to send a signal that President Trumpís 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...
  • 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...
  • BREAKING: Acting AG Whitaker Cleared to Oversee Mueller Investigation

    12/20/2018 8:12:25 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyColonel · 25 replies
    Mega Voter ^ | 20 Dec 18
    Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker has been cleared to oversee the Mueller Russia probe. CNN reported that acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker has consulted with ethics officials at the Justice Department and they have advised him he does not need to recuse himself from overseeing special counsel Robert Muellerís Russia investigation, a source familiar with the process told CNN Thursday. The source added Whitaker has been in ongoing discussions with ethics officials since taking the job in early November following the ouster of Jeff Sessions, who had stepped aside from overseeing the investigation due to his role as a Trump...
  • Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker reportedly does not have to recuse himself...

    12/20/2018 11:52:38 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 26 replies
    CNBC ^ | Dec. 20, 2018 | Dan Mangan
    Full Title: Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker reportedly does not have to recuse himself from Robert Mueller's probe Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker reportedly will not have to recuse himself from continuing to oversee special counsel Robert Mueller's investigations. CNN reported that Whitaker, who was appointed last month to temporarily lead the Justice Department, has been told by department ethics officials that he can continue to supervise the probes. The investigations include whether Whitaker's boss, President Donald Trump, tried to obstruct justice in Mueller's inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election. CNN said Whitaker would inform senators of the...
  • originally published on August 6, 2017: Mueller's investigation of Trump is going too far

    12/20/2018 10:27:08 AM PST · by libstripper · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | originally published on August 6, 2017, updated 11/7/18, republished 12/20/18 | Matther Whitaker
    Last month, when President Donald Trump was asked by The New York Times if special counsel Robert Mueller would be crossing a line if he started investigating the finances of Trump and his family, the President said, "I think that's a violation. Look, this is about Russia." The President is absolutely correct. Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russia 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing. According to a CNN article, Mueller's investigators could be looking into financial records relating to the Trump Organization that are unrelated to the 2016 election. According to...
  • AP source: Whitaker doesnít need to recuse from Russia probe

    12/20/2018 10:11:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 20, 2018 | Michael Balsamo
    Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has been advised by Justice Department ethics officials that he does not need to recuse himself from overseeing the special counselís Russia probe. Thatís according to a person familiar with the matter and not authorized to discuss it publicly who spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity. Members of Congress have raised concerns about Whitakerís past criticism of special counsel Robert Muellerís investigation. Ö
  • Acting AG Matthew Whitaker cleared to oversee Trump-Russia investigation, source says

    12/20/2018 8:38:40 AM PST · by libstripper · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec. 20, 2018 | y Brooke Singman, Jake Gibson
    Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker will not recuse himself from overseeing the Russia probe, despite mounting pressure from Democrats who cite his ďhostilityĒ toward Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation. A source familiar with the matter told Fox News on Thursday that Whitaker met with Justice Department ethics officials this week, who told him he was not precluded from overseeing Muellerís investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates during the 2016 presidential election. Whitaker, who served as chief of staff to former Attorney General Jeff Sessions until Sessions was fired, has faced extreme pressure from...