Asked whether he had ever been asked to approve any request or action by the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, Whitaker refused to answer. Though clearly exasperated - he drew gasps and chuckles when he told the committee chairman that his five-minute time limit for questions was up - Whitaker nonetheless sought to assuage Democratic concerns by insisting he had never discussed the Mueller probe with Trump or other White House officials, and that there'd been no change in its "overall management". "We have agreed to five-minute rounds", he added. "There's been no event, no decision that has required me to take any action, and I've not interfered in any way with the special counsel's investigation", he said.
"Mr. Attorney General, we're not joking here, and your humor is not acceptable", the congresswoman responded.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to support William P. Barr, Trump's pick for attorney general, and the Republican-led Senate is expected to confirm him in coming weeks.
Despite Whitaker's clear answer, Jackson Lee complained she wanted a yes or no answer, but Nadler indicated to her that the questions was answered, so she moved on. The Democrat's "jaw dropped when Acting AG Whitaker told the chairman his 'five minutes is up, '" she reported.
Whitaker said he had not talked to President Trump about the investigation, but said he intends to keep his conversations with the president private. Mr. Whitaker, you don't run this committee.
Whitaker found himself in yet another standoff later as Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) attempted to ask a question about Whitaker's previous charity work.
Republicans on Friday backed Whitaker, with ranking member Doug Collins, R-Ga., calling on the committee to adjourn - although a vote to do so did not pass. Collins called the daylong hearing a "dog and pony show".
"Mr. Whitaker, like everyone else at the Department of Justice, you are entitled to your political opinions", Democratic committee chair Jared Nadler said at the start of Friday's hearing.
Under questioning from Democrat Chairman Jerry Nadler, Whitaker confirmed he hasn't interfered with the probe or discussed it the White House.
The good news is that the Whitaker show is unlikely to last much longer at the Department of Justice.
After Sessions recused himself from the federal investigation, its supervision fell to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
"If you appear before the committee tomorrow morning and if you are prepared to respond to questions from our members, then I assure you that there will be no need for the committee to issue a subpoena on or before February 8", Nadler wrote.
Since Democrats took control of the House last month, they have launched several congressional inquiries into Mr Trump's business dealings and his actions as president. "Have you communicated any information in that briefing to President Trump?"
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