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

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

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

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

Whitaker: “No. We, 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 about keeping it from going to Congress?”

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

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 Whitaker about any inside his department.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Whitaker denies a report that Trump lashed out him

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

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

Asked by Rep. David Cicilline, a Democrat from Rhode , 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 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.

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

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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 have 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 will brief Congress on the Roger Stone arrest behind closed doors

The is to brief House 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.

“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 ,” Whitaker said.

Whitaker continued:

“I cannot provide the details in this 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 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 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 Justice Department to explain the manner of the arrest.

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

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

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

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

’s be . The investigation into Russia’s 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 suggest otherwise comes dangerously close to providing aid and comfort to the enemy,” he added.

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

GOP congresswoman Whitaker hearing “a joke”

Congresswoman Debbie Lesko, a Republican from , described her disappointment over 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 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 character 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 first I was mad. I have to tell you 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.’

now I’m just sad. I’m sad because we were on the floor just a little ago talking about how we 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 are watching this right now, would be shaking their heads, 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 , 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 funds to Mueller and his team.