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

Whitaker says he received the Mueller
Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker said he received Robert Mueller’s .

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

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

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

Here’s a of their exchange:

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

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

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

Whitaker: “You know congressman I’m not going to the kind of ongoing investigation that is the .”

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

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

About potential pardons for former Trump associates Paul , Roger Stone, , and Michael Cohen.

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

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

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

, 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.

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

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

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

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

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

CNN’s report was on 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 to build 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 he tweeted. I don’t of in the veracity of his . I’m asking you under oath.”

Whitaker: “Congressman that is 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 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 most likely to ensure the safety of its and of the person being arrested. The FBI must also consider the safety of the surrounding community,” Whitaker said.

Whitaker continued:

“I cannot the in hearing revealing the FBI considers in those decisions and obviously that be used to put other FBI conducting other operations in harm’s way.

I can assure you, the congressman is that the FBI is prepared to brief matter on the decisions that were made in that particular arrest in a closed session of 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 professional.

A number of Republican lawmakers have asked the 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 how the heck did you become the of the Department of ?”

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

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

’s be . 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 to providing aid and comfort to the enemy,” he added.

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

GOP congresswoman calls Whitaker hearing “a joke”

Congresswoman Debbie Lesko, a Republican from , 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 hearing. You know, I ran for Congress to get things done, and at the beginning of , you know, we were told that is about asking about DOJ oversight and 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 this thing 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 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 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 to President Trump about counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

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

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 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.