Whitaker testifies after a fight over the subpoena power of the United States House of Representatives!
Asked if he thought Mueller was honest, Whitaker said,” I have no reason to believe he’s not honest, so yes I do believe he’s honest.”
Whitaker: “No. We, in fact, were continuing to follow the special counsel regulations as it relates to the report. We haven’t received the report.”
“Congressman, as I’ve been acting attorney general, I have not been involved in any discussions of any pardon, even and including the ones you’re discussing,” Whitaker said.
Michael Flynn, a former national security adviser to Trump, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.
Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge from Mueller’s office.
Roger Stone, a longtime Trump associate, was indicted by a grand jury on charges brought by Mueller.
Who alleged Stone sought stolen emails from WikiLeaks that could damage Trump’s opponents during the campaign.
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 two occasions.
Angered by federal prosecutors who referenced the President’s actions in crimes his former lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to.
And again days later when prosecutors in Manhattan implicated Trump in a hush money scheme around the 2016 election, Whitaker said, “No, he did not.”
Here’s the exchange:
Whitaker: “The President specifically tweeted that he had not lashed out.”
Whitaker: “Congressman that is based on an unsubstantiated…”
Cicilline: “Sir, answer the question: yes or no, did the President lash out at you about Mr. Cohen’s guilty plea?”
Whitaker: “No he did not.”
Whitaker says the FBI will brief Congress on the Roger Stone arrest behind closed doors
The FBI is prepared to brief House Judiciary Committee members in a closed 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.
“I cannot provide the details 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.
Stone has been highly critical of the manner in which he was arrested, though he has praised the individual FBI officers that he dealt with as professional.
A number 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?
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.
“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 providing aid and comfort to the enemy,” he added.
GOP congresswoman calls Whitaker hearing “a joke”
“You know, I have to say that I’m very disappointed in this hearing. You know, I ran for Congress to get 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 me, 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 little while ago talking about how we are honoring our late representative (John) Dingell in talking about bipartisanship and how we need to get things done.
And yet here we are a blatant political show that doesn’t help anything. I imagine if American people are watching this right now, they would be shaking their heads, like what are you doing there? We need to work together to get 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 funds to Mueller and his team.