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Acting AG Whitaker Hearing Erupts After Ranking GOP Member Calls it “Pointless”

Today’s ongoing House Judiciary Committee hearing for Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker was slammed as “pointless” and a form of “character assassination” by ranking GOP member Doug Collins (GA).

“This hearing is a character assassination on Acting Attorney General Whitaker, all pure political theater, to go after the president,” said Collins in his opening statement.

The congressman pointed out that Whitaker’s tenure was coming to a close. “By next Thursday, Bill Barr will be attorney general,” said Collins. “This gentleman is finishing up his term as acting attorney general.”

The congressman who then asked the committee to vote to abruptly end the hearing. The committee proceeded to vote, however the measure did not pass and the hearing went on as planned.

Fox News reports:

“The hearing follows an intense back and forth between the Justice Department and the Judiciary Committee a day earlier.

The Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to give [chairman Jerrold] Nadler the authority to issue a subpoena if necessary, despite Whitaker having already agreed to appear before the panel voluntarily.

Nadler made clear early Thursday that he did not want to have to subpoena Whitaker, but said a “series of troubling events” suggested it would be better for him to be prepared with that authority, just in case he decided not to show up for the hearing.

But Whitaker then warned he would not show up unless lawmakers dropped the threat.”

Whitaker wrote Nadler, “Consistent with longstanding practice, I remain willing to appear to testify tomorrow, provided that the Chairman assures me that the Committee will not issue a subpoena today or tomorrow and that the Committee will engage in good faith negotiations before taking such a step down the road.”

Nadler responded hours later, writing if Whitaker was “prepared to respond to questions from our members, then I assure you there will be no need for the committee to issue a subpoena on or before February 8.”

Watch Collins’ opening statement below:

For the full story, click HERE.

GOP: Attorney Investigating FBI and DOJ Wrongdoing Still Hasn’t Interviewed Key Witnesses

Republicans from the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees are demanding an update from the U.S. attorney appointed to investigate allegations of wrongdoing and surveillance abuse in the FBI and DOJ. The congressmen claim the attorney has yet to interview a number of key witnesses.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) sent a letter to U.S. attorney for Utah John Huber and told him they were “surprised” many witnesses have yet to hear from the attorney, despite the ongoing investigation lasting over nine months.

“Your investigation has been ongoing for over nine months,” the Congressmen write. “During the course of our extensive investigation we have interviewed more than a dozen current and former DOJ and FBI personnel, and were surprised to hear none of these potentially informative witnesses testified to speaking with you.”

They continue, “Further, last month, then-chairman Mark Meadows invited you to testify as a witness at the Subcommittee on Government Operations’ hearing ‘Oversight of Nonprofit Organizations: A Case Study on the Clinton Foundation.’ We were disappointed to learn from the department that you were not enthusiastic about testifying when declining the invitation.”

The Congressmen gave Huber a deadline of January 21 to provide a response to the following inquiries:

“1) The total number of witnesses you have interviewed, including names of specific individuals where possible, and the number of witnesses remaining to be interviewed;

2)The total number of FISA applications reviewed;

3)The total number of documents reviewed, including their substance and format (e.g. emails, meeting notes, phone logs, etc); and

4)A description and account of your coordination with DOJ IG Michael Horowitz”

In March 2018, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed Huber to investigate whether or not the FBI abused its powers when obtaining a FISA warrant on former Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page.

The lack of communication and updates from Huber has been frustrating Republican members for months.

In October 2018, both Meadows and Jordan spoke to the Washington Times where they expressed their disappointment in the U.S. attorney.

“I would just like to know what he’s doing. I’ll take anything. All I know is that we haven’t heard a single thing about what he’s doing,” said Jordan.

Meadows said, “I have not seen a lot of evidence that Mr. Huber has done anything other than be appointed by Jeff Sessions. It’s been portrayed that he’s making great progress, but I’m not sure there is a whole lot to show for it other than rhetoric right now. I’m not aware of any substantial work that he’s doing.”