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

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

The revelation came after Congressman Eric Swalwell, a Democrat from , pressed Whitaker the Mueller report.

Whitaker went 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 no reason to believe he’s honest, so yes I do believe he’s honest.”

Here’s a portion exchange:

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

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

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

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

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

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

About pardons former associates Paul , , Flynn, Cohen.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CNN’s report was based 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 what he tweeted. I don’t a lot of confidence in the veracity of his tweets. I’m asking you oath.”

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 arrest behind closed doors

The FBI is to brief House 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 also consider the safety of the 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 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 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 Justice?”

Jeffries then proceeded to Whitaker to the identified criminal acts, indictments, and prison sentences that have come from special counsel ’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 Russia’s attack on democracy is not a witch hunt, ’s not a fishing expedition, ’s not a hoax, ’s not a lynch mob, ’s a national security imperative.

The fact that people suggest otherwise comes dangerously to 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.

congresswoman calls Whitaker hearing “a joke”

Congresswoman Debbie Lesko, a Republican from Arizona, described her disappointment the House ’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 assassination, harassment of our witness, and it’s really disappointing.”

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

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

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 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 heads, like what are you doing there? We need to work 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 , said he doesn’t believe Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker’s assurances that he didn’t talk to 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 , 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.” has repeatedly the probe a “witch hunt.”

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