'Your Five Minutes Is Up:' Acting AG Whitaker Challenges
Update: Acting AG Whitaker's exchanges with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) were just as testy. He poked fun at her line of questioning, and she lost her temper with the witness.
“Mr Attorney General, we’re not joking here and your humor is not acceptable,” she told him.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) began Friday's hearing with Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker by sighing over how uncooperative he has been with the House Judiciary Committee. The panel had given Whitaker plenty of opportunities to prepare for the questioning, Nadler argued, but it was "clear" he hadn't.
When Nadler got his five minutes to ask questions, they were all about Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation into Russian collusion. The Democratic chairman asked Whitaker repeatedly how often he'd been briefed on the Russia probe, and whether he had relayed any of that information to the president.
But that didn't stop Nadler from trying one more time. As Nadler started to ask again about his relationship to the Russia probe, Whitaker uttered perhaps the most savage response ever from a witness on Capitol Hill.
"Mr. Chairman, I see that your five minutes is up."