Congressman Asks Acting Attorney-General A Tough Question, Acting AG Replies, ‘Your Five Minutes Is Up’

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was feeling bold Friday morning.



Whitaker voluntarily testified before the House Judiciary Committee Friday morning. The committee had called the former almost academic All-American as part of its ongoing round of hearings relating to the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. Whitaker was asked questions regarding whether President Donald Trump’s decision to kick former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to the curb was related to Mueller’s inquiry.




As Nadler concluded his round of questioning—which included getting Whitaker to testify that he has not spoken with Trump about the Mueller investigation—he posed one final question: “Have you ever been asked to approve any requests or action to be taken by the Special Counsel?”

Whitaker, brashly aware of his limited obligations, decided not to answer Nadler’s question. Instead, he played the role of time-keeper.




“Mr. Chairman, I see that your five minutes is up,” Whitaker said. “I’m here voluntarily, [and] we agreed to five-minute rounds.”

This led to a brief uproar from the crowd.

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