The Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, issued a statement during the hearing with Matt Whittaker following Whittaker’s invokation of executive privilege.
One of the most anticipated congressional hearings under a Democratic-controlled House got underway Friday, with acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker pitted against House Democrats who believe he can offer insight into what they see as President Donald Trump's dangerous pattern of politicizing law enforcement.
But before Whitaker began his testimony, the House Judiciary Committee chairman, Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., and ranking member, Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., swapped barbs over the nature of the hearing.
In his opening remarks, Nadler condemned Whitaker for refusing to recuse himself from oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation in Russian interference in the 2016 election. In an impassioned rebuttal, Collins accused Nadler of attempting “character assassination” and called the hearing “a charade.” Collins then moved to adjourn the hearing before it even began, calling for a roll-call vote.
Only hours earlier, it was unclear whether the hearing before the House Judiciary Committee would even take place, with Whitaker vowing to bail on the session unless Democrats promised not to subpoena him on the same day he would be sitting before Congress for the first time as head of the Justice Department.
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