Whitaker testifies after fight over the subpoena power of the United States House of Representatives!

Whitaker says he has received the Mueller
Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker he has received special counsel Robert Mueller’s .

The revelation came after Congressman Eric Swalwell, Democrat from California, pressed Whitaker on the Mueller .

Whitaker went on say that Mueller going “finish his investigation when he wants finish his investigation.”

Asked if he thought Mueller was honest, Whitaker ,” I have no reason believe he’s honest, so yes I do believe he’s honest.”

Here’s of their exchange:

Swalwell: “Has there been a discussion at the Department of Justice keeping the Mueller report from going to ?”

Whitaker: “No. We, in fact, were continuing to the special counsel regulations as it relates to the report. We haven’t received the report.”

Swalwell: “Has there been a draft opinion keeping it from going to ?”

Whitaker: “You know congressman I’m not going to talk the of ongoing investigation that the special counsel.”

Whitaker says he hasn’t been involved in talks of any pardons, ones Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen

Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell asked Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker about any discussions inside his department.

About potential pardons former Trump associates Paul Manafort, , , and Michael Cohen.

“Congressman, as I’ been acting attorney general, I have not been involved in any discussions of any pardon, even and the ones you’re discussing,” Whitaker .

Here’s a look at the charges special counsel Robert Mueller’s has brought against President Trump’s former associates:

Paul Manafort, Trump’s former chairman, was found on eight counts of financial crimes. He has also pleaded to several federal crimes.

, a former national security adviser to Trump, pleaded to lying to the .

Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney, pleaded in federal court to a charge from Mueller’s office.

He also pleaded guilty to eight counts in a separate case from the Manhattan US attorney’s office.

, a longtime Trump associate, was indicted a grand jury on charges brought Mueller.

Who alleged Stone sought stolen from WikiLeaks that could damage Trump’s opponents during the .

Whitaker denies a report that Trump lashed out at him

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker denied a CNN report that President Trump had lashed out at him on at least occasions.

Angered federal prosecutors who referenced the President’s actions in crimes his former lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to.

Asked Rep. Cicilline, a Democrat from Rhode Island, if the President had “lashed out” at him after Michael Cohen’s guilty plea lying to .

And again days later when prosecutors in Manhattan implicated Trump in a hush scheme around the 2016 election, Whitaker said, “No, he did not.”

Whitaker also denied that anyone inside outside of the White House had lashed out at him after the Cohen developments.

CNN’s report was based on multiple sources familiar with the matter.

Here’s the exchange:

Cicilline: “Did the President lash out at you after Michael Cohen’s guilty plea for lying to Congress about a Trump organization project a tower in Moscow?”

Whitaker: “The President specifically tweeted that he had not lashed out.”

Cicilline: “I’m asking you, Mr. Whitaker, did the President lash out at you? Not asking what he tweeted. I don’t have a lot of in the veracity of his . I’m asking you under oath.”

Whitaker: “Congressman that based on an unsubstantiated…”

Cicilline: “Sir, answer the question: yes no, did the President lash out at you about Mr. Cohen’s guilty plea?”

Whitaker: “No he did not.”

Whitaker says the will brief Congress on the arrest behind doors

The is to brief House Judiciary Committee members in a session on the factors that influenced their decision to conduct the Roger Stone arrest before dawn and with heavy weapons drawn, Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker said Friday.

“The FBI makes arrests in a manner likely to ensure the of its agents and of the person being arrested. The FBI must also consider the of the surrounding community,” Whitaker said.

Whitaker continued:

“I cannot provide the in this open hearing without revealing what factors the FBI considers in those decisions and obviously that information could be used to put other FBI agents conducting other operations in harm’s way.

What I assure you, the congressman is that the FBI is to brief this matter on the decisions that were made in that particular arrest in a session of this committee,” he said.

Stone highly critical of the manner in which he was arrested, though he has praised the individual FBI officers that he dealt with as .

A of Republican lawmakers have asked the Justice Department to explain the manner of the arrest.

Democratic congressman tells Whitaker: “Keep your hands off the Mueller investigation”
Democratic Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, who earlier today told CNN that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was acting like a “petulant child,” opened his five-minute questioning by asking, “Who are you?

Where did you come from? And the heck did you become the of the Department of Justice?”

Jeffries then proceeded to ask Whitaker to confirm the identified criminal acts, indictments, and prison sentences that have come from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation so far.

by , all of the president’s men are going down in flames,” Jeffries said.

“Let’s be clear. The investigation into Russia’s attack on democracy is not a witch hunt, it’s not a fishing expedition, it’s not a hoax, it’s not a lynch mob, it’s a national security imperative.

The fact that people suggest otherwise comes dangerously close to aid and comfort to the enemy,” he added.

“In your final , keep your hands off the Mueller investigation,” Jeffries warned before yielding his .

congresswoman calls Whitaker hearing “a joke”

Congresswoman Debbie Lesko, a Republican from Arizona, described her disappointment over the House Judiciary Committee’s handling of Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker’s hearing.

“You know, I have to say that I’m very disappointed in this hearing. You know, I ran for Congress to things done, and at the beginning of this, you know, we were told that this is about asking about DOJ oversight and some legitimate questions,” she said.

Lesko said the hearing is “nothing but character assassination, harassment of our witness, and it’s really disappointing.”

The congresswoman said she was initially mad about the hearing. But now she’s sad.

“At first I was mad. I have to tell you when this thing started hours ago, I went outside and a reporter asked , what do you think of the hearing? I said, ‘It’s a joke.’

But now I’m just sad. I’m sad because we were on the floor just a while ago talking about we are honoring our late representative (John) Dingell in talking about bipartisanship and we need to things done.

And yet here we are a blatant political show that doesn’t help anything. I imagine if are watching this right now, they would be shaking their heads, like what are you doing there? We need to together to things done,” Lesko said.

Democratic congressman says Whitaker lied to Congress about his interactions with Trump

Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said he doesn’t believe Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker’s assurances that he didn’t talk to President Trump about special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

Cohen told CNN he thinks Whitaker is lying. (Remember: Lying to Congress is a crime.)

When pressed on the claim, Cohen had no evidence to contradict Whitaker. Yet he thinks Whitaker broke the law.

During the hearing, Cohen pressed Whitaker on whether he thinks the Mueller investigation is a “witch hunt.” President Trump has repeatedly called the probe a “witch hunt.”

Whitaker did not answer the question. He, however, did say he has not denied to Mueller and his .