Whitaker Hearing Erupts With Trump Appointee Fighting Back
Video: After Nadler went on a rant and doing his best to represent his constituents at @CNN (look it up, his district includes @CNN), Whitaker informs him that his five minutes of questioning was up. #Boom pic.twitter.com/fxpKDq0PRE— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) February 8, 2019
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker clapped back at defiant congressional Democrats throughout a fierce hearing before the House Judiciary Committee.
Tensions peaked when Mr. Whitaker, a former tight end at the University of Iowa and Chief of Staff for Jeff Sessions, stunned onlookers when he called out Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY).
Fox News reports:
The retort came after Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., first said he wanted Whitaker to appear for a private deposition after the hearing and went on to ask Whitaker whether he had been “asked to approve any requests or action” for the special counsel.
“Mr. Chairman, I see that your five minutes is up, so…” Whitaker replied as the hearing room broke out in gasps. “I am here voluntarily. We have agreed to five-minute rounds.”
Nadler, who even cracked a slight smile at the response, repeated his question, and Whitaker ultimately responded: “I have not interfered in any way with the special counsel’s investigation.”
As it dragged on, the hearing repeatedly gave way to bickering among Whitaker and Democratic lawmakers, and among members of the committee, over whether Whitaker was properly answering questions. At one point, he tussled with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, when she pressed on whether he’s appeared before for an oversight hearing.
(Video H/T @CurtisHouck)