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Whitaker has time on his mind under Democratic grilling


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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Whitaker has time on his mind under Democratic grilling”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Time seemed to be on acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's mind Friday when House Democrats trained their new oversight powers on his stewardship of the Trump administration's Justice Department. That's at least in part because his stewardship began in November with Jeff Sessions' resignation and could end next week if the Senate confirms William Barr to the post.

"I have, as I mentioned, six days left and I plan to take full advantage of that, including, as I said, at this hearing," Whitaker said as the proceedings entered a sixth hour.

Again and again, Whitaker tried to run out the clock on the Democrats' efforts to grill him on whether he had interfered with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling. (He said he had not.) Throughout, they scuffled over who was running the place.

"Mr. Chairman, I see that your five minutes is up," Whitaker said to Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

The remark drew gasps in the hearing room, where committee chairmen hold immense power, including over who asks the questions and for how long.

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