Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker appeared before the House Judiciary Committee “voluntarily” Friday morning, a fact he often pointed out. He wasn’t exactly a cooperative witness. He danced answer several questions, asked Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) why he was asking him certain questions, and for the first time we’ve ever heard, actually told the chairman his time was up.
Jerry Nadler asks Matthew Whitaker if he has ever been asked to approve any request or action to be taken by the Special Counsel.
Whitaker: "Mr. Chairman, I see that your five minutes is up."
The response in the room is remarkable. Via CSPAN2 pic.twitter.com/UAcOyulX46
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 8, 2019
The hearing did make some real news as well as Whitaker did answer some questions about his involvement in the Mueller investigation.
— ABC News (@ABC) February 8, 2019
Whitaker also remarked that he hasn’t talked to Trump about the Mueller investigation.
One purpose of Congressional hearings is to find answers that either allay fears or raise concerns. I am pleased to hear Acting AG Whitaker say under oath that he has not talked to @realDonaldTrump or senior White House officials about the Special Counsel's investigation. https://t.co/j91PEuIrEe
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) February 8, 2019
Take a look at the full hearing above.