Friday, 22 February, 2019

Acting AG Matthew Whitaker tells lawmakers he hasn't interfered in Mueller investigation

Chip Somodevilla  Getty Images North America Chip Somodevilla Getty Images North America
Ellis Copeland | 10 February, 2019, 20:03

Jamie Raskin, Democrat from Maryland, reacts as Whitaker tells the chair Nadler his time has expired for questioning.

Cicilline said, "A$3 lthough he says he didn't talk to the president, he couldn't remember whether other people that he had shared the information that he received from the special counsel with, other members of his staff, and he couldn't answer the question as to whether or not they shared that information with officials at the White House or the president".

As Whitaker noted several times during his almost six hour long hearing, he doesn't have much time left in his role. "But, to answer your questions, I have not talked to the president about the special counsel's investigation".

"We have followed the special counsel's regulations to a 'T.' There has been no event, no decision, that has required me to take any action, and I have not interfered in any way with the special counsel's investigation", Whitaker said. He added that no matter how many times he's asked, he's already said "all I plan on saying" about the number of times he was briefed on the investigation. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., the chairman of the committee, of the committee's rules.

Nadler, had threatened to do just that if committee members didn't get answers to questions they wanted; Democrats, who make up the panel's majority, voted to authorize a subpoena if necessary. A full Senate is expected to confirm Barr as President Donald Trump's chief law enforcement officer next week. Nadler reminded Whitaker that the committee had submitted questions relating to the special counsel investigation and was waiting on answers.

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

Whitaker also denied media reports that Trump lashed out at him after learning his former lawyer and personal fixer Michael Cohen was pleading guilty for lying to Congress about a proposed Trump Tower in Moscow.

"I can assure you [Barr] has a very high opinion of Mr. Mueller and he is committed to letting Mr. Mueller finish his job", Republican South Carolina Sen.

Winter Storm Warning for Sierra Starts Friday
Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency Friday as the region braces for whiteout conditions, whipping winds and frigid air. Several hundred people take part in a public snowball fight, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at Wright Park in Tacoma, Wash.


Reflecting on Kevin Durant’s media problem
Kerr's comments come just days after Kevin Durant complained at unfair media coverage surrounding his potential free agency. I try to play the right way, try to be the best player I can be. "I just don't trust none of y'all", Durant said.


Confirming Long-Term Trend, 2018 Was Fourth Warmest Year on Record
The human toll also was high, with 247 killed and many more injured in weather and climate disasters. But the US did get soaked in 2018, says Deke Arndt , a climate scientist with NOAA.


"I'm not kidding when I say I have interviewed terrorists who are more cooperative and respectful than Matt Whitaker was today", Figliuzzi began, provoking laughter from MSNBC host Nicole Wallace.

"Mr. Attorney General, we're not joking here and your humor is not acceptable", Jackson Lee told Whitaker.

Mr Whitaker wrote for CNN in August 2017 that the investigation was "dangerously close to crossing" a "red line".

Democrats also inquired about Whitaker's past business dealings.

Stone was arrested before dawn January 25 on a federal indictment that outlined efforts by Trump's 2016 campaign to seek Democratic Party emails hacked by Russian Federation.

Members from both sides of the aisle questioned Whitaker during a House Judiciary Committee hearing Friday. In response to Nadler's questions, Whitaker insisted that he has "not interfered in any way" with the ongoing probe. Trading Whitaker in for him will be one of the Trump presidency's rare blessings.

According to CNN, former Trump associate Roger Stone was "one of the last key campaign associates" to be investigated.

Recommended

NZ vs Ind T20 match: Rohit and Krunal help India level series NZ vs Ind T20 match: Rohit and Krunal help India level series Krunal Pandya shone with the ball and picked three wickets to peg back the Kiwis early in their batting effort. The spinners, Ish Sodhi and Santner, too were on top of the Indian batsmen, sharing two wickets apiece.

Emiliano Sala: Southampton fan detained after making plane gesture against Cardiff Emiliano Sala: Southampton fan detained after making plane gesture against Cardiff The teams observed a minute's silcence pre-game, in what was Cardiff's first match since Emiliano Sala's death. Argentine footballing idols Diego Maradona and Gabriel Batistuta also paid tribute to 28-year-old Sala.

Bank of England slashes United Kingdom growth outlook on Brexit Bank of England slashes United Kingdom  growth outlook on Brexit The BoE also slashed its forecast for 2020 United Kingdom growth - to 1.5 per cent from 1.7 per cent. The economy could grow by around 0.5 percentage point more over the coming three years.

Kate Miller-Heidke will represent Australia at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest Kate Miller-Heidke will represent Australia at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest Speaking on Saturday night, Miller-Heidke said she was "so grateful and thrilled" to represent Australia at Eurovision. Australia competing in Eurovision started with Guy Sebastian in 2015, followed by Dami Im , Isaiah and Jess Mauboy.

Fortnite Share the Love event adds Overtime Challenges & more Fortnite Share the Love event adds Overtime Challenges & more Also included in the update are additional Overtime Challenges, which serve as an extension to the regular 10 weekly challenges. If you are trying to complete your Battle Pass and get level 100, your best bet is to get it done by the end of February.

No U.S.-China Trade Deal in Place; Deadline Closing In No U.S.-China Trade Deal in Place; Deadline Closing In ENERGY: U.S. crude oil lost 21 cents to $52.43 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Lighthizer told reporters last week that it was not certain a deal could be reached.

Vivo V15 Pro live image leaked ahead of the February 20 unveiling Vivo V15 Pro live image leaked ahead of the February 20 unveiling The device will draw power from a 3,700mAh battery which is expected to come with dual engine fast charging capabilities. Such a high-powered selfie camera will be seen for the first time on a mechanical pop-up mechanism.

Three dead, 12 injured in Istanbul apartment building collapse Three dead, 12 injured in Istanbul apartment building collapse Rescue workers are seen at the scene where an eight-storey apartment building collapsed in Istanbul, Turkey , Feb. 7, 2019. Authorities said the top three floors had been illegally built and the cause of the collapse is still under investigation.

Va. Dems call on Lt. Gov. Fairfax to resign Va. Dems call on Lt. Gov. Fairfax to resign Duke campus police have no criminal reports naming Fairfax, university spokesman Michael Schoenfeld said. Ralph Northam speaks at a news conference at the governor's mansion earlier this month in Richmond.

Prince Philip gives up driver's license weeks after car crash Prince Philip gives up driver's license weeks after car crash In a letter to Fairweather dated January 21, he wished her a "speedy recovery" and said he "failed to see the auto coming". Fairweather also told the Mirror on Saturday that she welcomed Philip's decision to surrender his driver's license.

Backed Syrian forces launch attack on final Isis stronghold Backed Syrian forces launch attack on final Isis stronghold British, French, US and other forces are actively looking for wanted IS operatives among those fleeing the combat zone with civilians.

Oilers fire Chiarelli; name K. Gretzky interim Oilers fire Chiarelli; name K. Gretzky interim This week, he signed goaltender Mikko Koskinen to a three-year contract extension worth $4.5 million a season. Edmonton had missed the playoffs in nine consecutive seasons before replacing Craig MacTavish with Chiarelli.

UFC 234 'Whittaker Vs. Gastelum' Top Three Fighters To Watch UFC 234 'Whittaker Vs. Gastelum' Top Three Fighters To Watch The new feature attraction will be the old co-main event as Anderson Silva and Israel Adesanya will close the show in Melbourne. The Australian star reportedly fell ill on Saturday night and is having surgery on a hernia on Sunday after being hospitalised.

Full Senate to vote on Trump attorney general nominee Barr Full Senate to vote on Trump attorney general nominee Barr The picks were renominated after their nominations expired at the end of last Congress and must restart the confirmation process. Barr has said he will be as transparent as possible under Justice Department regulations, but many Democrats are skeptical.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren enters 2020 presidential race U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren enters 2020 presidential race President Donald Trump's re-election campaign followed suit on POTUS' notorious mockery of Native American ancestry claims by Sen. But it is the story of Warren's family that also had the 2020 candidate facing fresh questions about her credibility this week.