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Matthew Whitaker Is Bad. Why Are Democrats Still Opposing William Barr?

Matthew Whitaker Is Bad. Why Are Democrats Still Opposing William Barr?

He said he was briefed beforehand about the indictment last month of Roger Stone, an informal adviser to Trump and a longtime political operative who helped launch the president's political career.

Whitaker laid the groundwork for a likely tussle with Democrats by saying in his opening statement that while he would address their questions, he would not reveal details of his communications with the Republican president. Stay with us for updates.

Whitaker then said he would not answer questions based on representatives' "speculation".

Barr served as attorney general from 1991 to 1993 in the George H.W. Bush administration. "The question that this committee must now ask is: Why?" I ask the department to work with the committee to provide them.

"Mr. Whitaker, like everyone else at the Department of Justice, you are entitled to your political opinions", Democratic committee chair Jared Nadler said at the start of Friday's hearing.

On Friday morning, acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker will testify publicly before a decidedly unfriendly House Judiciary Committee, where Democrats will ask him about the Mueller investigation and his decision not to recuse himself.

"I share your concern with the possibility that a media outlet was tipped off to Mr".

Stone was arrested before dawn January 25 on a federal indictment that outlined efforts by Trump's 2016 campaign to seek Democratic Party emails hacked by Russian Federation.

CNN's David Shortell said the outlet was at the scene because of a series of clues that an indictment was imminent.




House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep.

NBC called it an "extraordinary move" for Whitaker to cut off Nadler. They immediately sprung into action, sending letters mandating officials preserving documents and getting Whitaker to agree to this hearing.

"In your capacity as acting attorney general, have you ever been asked to approve any action or request to be taken by the special counsel?"

"Mr. Chairman, I see that your five minutes is up", Whitaker said.

The stalemate ended Thursday evening after the committee chairman, Nadler of NY, said the committee would not issue a subpoena if Whitaker appeared voluntarily. "I'm here voluntarily, I agreed to five-minute rounds".

"Answer the question please", Nadler replied.

Demings, who referred to her time as Orlando police chief, told Whitaker, "I took an oath just like you did and I took that oath very, very seriously, to uphold the Constitution and to protect this country from all enemies, foreign and domestic". "We have followed the special counsel's investigations to a 'T.' There has been no event - no decision that has required me to take any action - and I have not interfered in any way with the special counsel's investigation".

The hearing came a day after the chairman, Democratic Rep.

Members from both sides of the aisle questioned Whitaker during a House Judiciary Committee hearing Friday. But Whitaker declined to say if he had discussed with Rosenstein the deputy attorney general's comments about invoking the 25th Amendment in an effort to trigger Trump's removal from office.


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