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

Whitaker says he has not received Mueller report
Acting Attorney Matt Whitaker said he has not received counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

revelation came after Congressman Eric Swalwell, a Democrat from California, pressed Whitaker on Mueller report.

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

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.”

’s a portion of exchange:

Swalwell: “Has been a discussion at the of about keeping the Mueller report from going to Congress?”

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

Swalwell: “Has been a draft opinion about keeping from going to Congress?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paul Manafort, Trump’s former , was 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 .

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

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

alleged Stone sought stolen emails from WikiLeaks 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 by federal prosecutors 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 House had lashed out at him after the Cohen developments.

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

’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 of confidence in the veracity of his tweets. I’m asking you oath.”

Whitaker: “Congressman that is based on 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 to brief House Judiciary Committee members in a closed session on the factors that influenced 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 agents and of the person being arrested. The FBI must also consider the safety 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 .

What I can 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 closed 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 professional.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GOP congresswoman 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 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 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 ago talking about we are honoring our late representative (John) Dingell in talking about bipartisanship and we to get things done.

And yet here we are a blatant political show that doesn’t help anything. I imagine if people are watching this right now, would be shaking heads, like what are you doing ? We 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 Robert Mueller’s probe.

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

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

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

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