During a House Judiciary Committee hearing last week, acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker made it crystal clear that he will not act as a puppet for anyone when Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell began to push him.
Conservative duo Diamond and Silk reported that “Swalwell, a potential 2020 presidential candidate, questioned Whitaker on the Mueller investigation and whether he would relay a message to President Trump.”
A report from the Washington Examiner explains that the Democrat questioned acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker about his beliefs regarding Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s trial. He asked Whitaker if he felt that Mueller was conducting an honest probe.
Whitaker answered that he felt that Mueller was being truthful and was not conflicted.
Then Swalwell asked the acting Attorney General if he would repeat the following phrase to the President, “Mr. President, Bob Mueller is honest and not conflicted.”
“Congressman, I am not a puppet to repeat what you’re saying,” Whitaker swiftly answered. “I have answered your question as to what I believe about the special counsel.”
Then, the acting Attorney General indicated to House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold “Jerry” Nadler that Swalwell had run out of time. Nadler called the clock.
Diamond and Silk explain that “Swalwell retorted that Whitaker did not answer the question and that he still wanted to hear his answer. Whitaker said he had thought he did answer the question and had nothing further to say.”
Take a look at the exchange:
The Washington Examiner report continued:
Since taking over the Justice Department in an acting capacity, Whitaker has come under scrutiny for his past comments about Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.
His criticisms of the Russia probe led to calls for him to recuse himself from overseeing the investigation. However, the Justice Department said in December Whitaker would not step aside.
Whitaker got into it with numerous Democratic lawmakers during the House Judiciary Committee hearing. Republican Congressman Doug Collins called the whole thing a “pony show.”
Take a look: