Whitaker Confirmed to Appear Before Panel as Scheduled

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"But if you play not-so-nice, as Whitaker did at times today, you can expect even more scrutiny from subpoena-empowered Democrats".

Democrats have said they want to speak to Whitaker, a close ally of President Donald Trump who has repeatedly blasted Mueller's inquiry, which the acting attorney general oversees.

Whitaker stunned onlookers when he told House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., that his time slot had expired as Nadler asked Whitaker if he'd been "asked to approve any requests or action" for the special counsel.

Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal (Wash.) said Friday that the United States government should pay reparations to be made to migrant kids who had been separated from their families at the border.

Collins, of Georgia, called it a "dog and pony" show and criticized Democrats for disclosing derogatory information about Whitaker's business dealings hours before the hearing. He is the person "ultimately in charge of the investigation", yet insisted he has not interfered in any way with it.

"No, I did not", Whitaker said.

Jamie Raskin, Democrat from Maryland, reacts as Whitaker tells the chair Nadler his time has expired for questioning. Whitaker was the former attorney of the southern district of Iowa and former chief of staff for then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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Still, in the mind of the president, whose nominee William Barr is set to soon replace Whitaker, there was only one side that was in the wrong during the hearing. He gave an ultimatum, saying he would only testify if the House dropped its threat of a subpoena.

"It was deeply concerning to me how CNN found out about that", Whitaker said, noting that no other media outlets appeared to be tipped off.

"The Democrats in Congress yesterday were vicious and totally showed their cards for everyone to see", Trump tweeted Saturday morning.

Whitaker also denied a news report that Trump had lashed out at him after the guilty plea of Michael Cohen, the president's former lawyer.

Whitaker had been chief of staff to Sessions, who was forced from the cabinet last November as Trump seethed over Sessions's decision to step aside from overseeing the Russian Federation investigation. Jeffries asked "how the heck" he became acting attorney general. 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 ask the department to work with the committee to provide them. But when Jordan asked him whether specific names were in the document - which Jordan charged would go against Justice Department policy - Whitaker demurred. Nadler said he hoped not to have to use the subpoena, but "a series of troubling events over the past few months suggest that we should be prepared".

(Nota bene: Whitaker was under oath.) My observations are in the chronological order that Whitaker said them.