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Acting US attorney general says he has not interfered with Russian Federation probe

Acting US attorney general says he has not interfered with Russian Federation probe”

The committee's Democrats, including the chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler from NY, pushed Whitaker throughout a contentious hearing to explain what he had been told about the Mueller investigation and whether he approved steps taken by Mueller.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to support William P. Barr, Trump's pick for attorney general, and the Republican-led Senate is expected to confirm him in coming weeks.

"I have been on the record about my respect for Bob Mueller", Whitaker said. "In the current environment, the American people have to know that there are places in government where the rule of law-not politics-holds sway, and where they will be treated fairly based exclusively on the facts and an even-handed application of the law", he said during his testimony last month.

Chairman, I see that your five minutes is up, ' he said, prompting an uproar from the gallery and laughter from Chairman Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat. We have agreed to five-minute rounds, ' said Whitaker, the only one in the room who appeared unaware that committee chairmen can bend the rules almost at will. "I will behave appropriately as a member of the Judiciary Committee". Yet television networks spent the better part of the day airing it live, and some in the GOP anxious privately that Whitaker seemed unprepared at times. The president himself kept an eye on the proceedings before leaving the White House for his annual physical.

The House Judiciary Committee was severely stacked against Mr. Whitaker with 25 Democrats and only 10 Republicans.

Even before the hearing, it was a contest about who was in charge. And that could preclude Whitaker from potentially testifying.

Whitaker originally said that he would not testify if Democrats in the House continue to threaten him with a subpoena, but on Thursday evening he changed his stance and agreed to take part in the questioning. Some Democrats consider Mr. Whitaker's appointment to be illegitimate'. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Frank Pallone Jr.

Later, Collins questioned Whitaker about the indictment of Trump's long-time friend Roger Stone, including how CNN had a reporter in front of Stone's house when he was arrested. "We don't need a speech". Keep in mind, Whitaker was willing to appear without the subpoena.

Whitaker tried to interrupt, sparking a yelling match.

But after Collins raised the claim that CNN had been tipped off of the arrest by federal authorities, Whitaker said he did not "know of any other special counsel's office notice or DOJ notice to media outlets of Mr".

"The time for this administration to postpone accountability is over", Nadler said. They immediately sprung into action, sending letters mandating officials preserving documents and getting Whitaker to agree to this hearing.

Instead, Whitaker said he has not interfered with Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including the possibility that Trump's campaign colluded in that effort.

And he had more to say.

But Whitaker then warned he would not show up unless lawmakers dropped the threat.



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