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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:

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Sen. Grassley: Mueller Witch Hunt Report to be Released “Within a Month”

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said yesterday that he believes Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report will be released “within a month,” Business Insider reports.

Speaking to radio host Hugh Hewitt, Grassley also said the American people deserve transparency with respect to Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign and the phony allegations of Russian collusion.

“I don’t care what the report says. The public ought to know what their 25 or 35 million bought. And except for national security and privacy of individuals… everything else I think ought to be out.”

Business Insider states, “Grassley spokesman Taylor Foy said the senator’s estimates ‘weren’t based on any specific information, but rather growing media speculation and reports that it may be wrapping up.'”

On Jan. 28, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into the Trump campaign and Russia is nearing its end.

“The investigation is, I think, close to being completed and I hope that we can get the report from Mueller as soon as possible,” he said.

Whitaker made the statement during a press conference where the DOJ announced it was charging Chinese company Huawei and its CFO for stealing trade secrets.

Whitaker became Acting Attorney General in November and faced a barrage of criticism from liberals and Democrats who claimed he should recuse himself from the Mueller investigation because he had publicly criticized the probe in the past.

REPORT: Acting AG Whitaker Says Mueller Witch Hunt Coming to an End

During a press conference today, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into the Trump campaign and Russia is nearing its end.

“The investigation is, I think, close to being completed and I hope that we can get the report from Mueller as soon as possible,” he said.

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Whitaker made the statement during a press conference today where the DOJ announced it was charging Chinese company Huawei and its CFO for stealing trade secrets.

Whitaker became Acting Attorney General in November and faced a barrage of criticism from liberals and Democrats who claimed he should recuse himself from the Mueller investigation because he had publicly criticized the probe in the past.

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Report: Acting AG Whitaker Will NOT Recuse Himself from Overseeing Mueller Probe

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will not recuse himself from his oversight role of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the bogus Trump-Russia collusion allegations.

Fox News reports:

A source familiar with the matter told Fox News on Thursday that Whitaker met with Justice Department ethics officials this week, who told him he was not precluded from overseeing Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates during the 2016 presidential election.

Democrats have been fighting tooth and nail to get Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing the investigation because he had been publicly critical of Mueller’s probe in the past.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Whitaker as acting attorney general would create a “constitutional crisis.” He told CNN, “The appointment of Mr. Whitaker should concern every American. If he stays there, he will create a constitutional crisis by inhibiting Mueller or firing Mueller.”

In November, despite Democrats’ best efforts, even Robert Mueller acknowledged Whitaker’s appointment as acting attorney general would have no impact on his investigation.

Mueller’s top attorney, Michael Dreeben stated in a 17-page legal brief that Whitaker’s new role “neither alters the special counsel’s authority to represent the United States nor raises any jurisdictional issue.”

Dreeben continued, “The Special Counsel continues to exercise the same authority, and the jurisdiction of the district court and this Court is intact.”

Christie No Longer in Running to be Next White House Chief of Staff

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie withdrew his name from consideration for the White House chief of staff position today.

“It’s an honor to have the president consider me as he looks to choose a new White House chief of staff,” Christie said in a statement. “However, I’ve told the president that now is not the right time for me or my family to undertake this serious assignment. As a result, I have asked him to no longer keep me in any of his considerations for this post.

Yesterday, Trump told reporters he had narrowed down his choices for chief of staff to five candidates.

“We are interviewing people now for chief of staff,” Trump said, calling those considered for the position “mostly well-known” and “terrific people.”

Current White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will be leaving the White House at the end of the year and those tapped to possibly replace him include Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and budget director Mick Mulvaney.

It was originally reported that Trump was considering Vice President Pence’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers for the job, however, Ayers announced over the weekend that he was leaving the White House.

WH: Meadows Needed in Congress, No Longer Considered for Chief of Staff

President Trump has told Congressman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) that he is needed in Congress to “continue the great work” he is doing and is no longer being considered for White House Chief of Staff, Fox News reports.

In a statement, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said, “Congressman Mark Meadows is a great friend to President Trump and is doing an incredible job in Congress. The President told him we need him in Congress so he can continue the great work he is doing there.”

Meadows responded with his own statement:

“I’ve had the best job in the world, representing my constituents of western North Carolina and working alongside President Trump these last two years to give the forgotten men and women of America a voice in their government. I’m fully committed to continuing to both of those roles. I know the President has a long list of tremendous candidates for his next Chief of Staff, and whomever it is will have my total support moving forward.”

Current White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will be leaving the White House at the end of the year and those tapped to possibly replace him include former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, and budget director Mick Mulvaney.

It was originally reported that Trump was considering Vice President Pence’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers for the job, however, Ayers announced over the weekend that he was leaving the White House.

Will Mark Meadows be the Next White House Chief of Staff?

President Trump is considering Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-S.C.) as his next chief of staff, according to Axios.

Three sources have told the news outlet that the president has asked his confidants what they think of Meadows to replace outgoing Chief of Staff John Kelly, who will be leaving his position at the end of the year.

It was originally reported that Trump was considering Vice President Pence’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers for the job however, Ayers announced yesterday that he was leaving the White House.

A source told Axios that Ayers couldn’t commit to the job, saying “Nick couldn’t give POTUS a two-year commitment, so he’s going to help him on the outside instead.”

According to Bloomberg, the president is considering three others for the job: Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and budget director Mick Mulvaney.

On Saturday, Trump told reporters “John Kelly will be leaving, I don’t know if I can say retiring. But he’s a great guy,” and added that he would choose a replacement “over the next day or two.”

 

Jerome Corsi Files Criminal Complaint Against Mueller, Says he was Pressured to Lie

Former Infowars editor and author Jerome Corsi filed a complaint against Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team on Monday, accusing the prosecutors of threatening and coercing him to lie in his testimony.

The complaint states, “Dr. Corsi has been criminally threatened and coerced to tell a lie and call it the truth.”

Fox News reports that the 78-page document was sent to top law enforcement officials including Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

Corsi claims that the special counsel team wanted him to lie and say he acted as a liason between political consultant Roger Stone, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, and the Trump campaign regarding the release of hacked emails from the DNC.

Fox News reports:

The complaint states that Mueller’s office is now “knowingly and deceitfully threatening to charge Dr. Corsi with an alleged false statement,” unless he gives them “false testimony” against Trump and others.

The purported threat of a false statement charge, according to the complaint, pertains to a July 2016 email from Stone asking him to “get to” Assange and get the pending emails.

Corsi’s complaint says he was unable to initially give “accurate” testimony on that point, until he could reload emails on his laptop. The complaint says he later amended his answers. In an interview last week with Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Corsi said Mueller’s team “was happy” with his answers until he couldn’t “give them what they wanted.”

Corsi recently revealed that he was expecting to be indicted by Robert Mueller.

“I fully anticipate that in the next few days I will be indicted by Mueller for some form or other of giving false information to the special counsel or to one of the other grand jury — or however they want to do the indictment,” he said during a live stream.  But I’m going to be criminally charged.”

Corsi claims he received a subpoena from two FBI agents in August and has since handed over two computers and access to his email and Twitter accounts.

He says he was interrogated by investigators and “quizzed” about various specific topics for months.

“Criminals are running the Department of Justice. My crime was that I dared to support Donald Trump,” Corsi said. “And that supporting President Trump, and since 2004 having written 20 books — I guess those were my crimes. I guess I’m going to prison for the rest of my life because I dared to oppose the deep state.”

 

Robert Mueller Responds to Appointment of Acting AG Whitaker

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has responded to the appointment of Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.

Politico reports that Mueller’s top attorney, Michael Dreeben stated in a 17-page legal brief that Whitaker’s new role as Acting Attorney General “neither alters the special counsel’s authority to represent the United States nor raises any jurisdictional issue.”

Dreeben continued, “The Special Counsel continues to exercise the same authority, and the jurisdiction of the district court and this Court is intact.”

Dreeben’s comments came in response to an order from a federal appellate court seeking last minute briefs in a case for former Roger Stone aide, Andrew Miller against Robert Mueller.

Whitaker has been under fire from Democrats ever since he was appointed, with many arguing he should recuse himself from his oversight role of the Russia investigation due to his previous public comments criticizing Mueller’s probe.

Leading Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Whitaker as acting attorney general would create a “constitutional crisis,” telling CNN, “The appointment of Mr. Whitaker should concern every American. If he stays there, he will create a constitutional crisis by inhibiting Mueller or firing Mueller.”

Last week, it was reported that Whitaker would speak with ethics officials at the Department of Justice about matters that “may warrant recusal.”

In a statement acquired by The Hill, DOJ Spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said, “Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker is fully committed to following all appropriate processes and procedures at the Department of Justice, including consulting with senior ethics officials on his oversight responsibilities and matters that may warrant recusal.”

 

Breaking: Senate Democrats File Lawsuit, Seek to Block Acting AG Whitaker

Three Senate Democrats have filed a lawsuit today calling the appointment of Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker illegal, according to Reuters.

Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), say President Trump violated the Constitution and denied the Senate the right to vote on Whitaker’s confirmation.

Blumenthal said in a statement, “President Trump is denying senators our constitutional obligation and opportunity to do our job: scrutinizing the nomination of our nation’s top law enforcement official. The reason is simple: Whitaker would never pass the advice and consent test. In selecting a so-called ‘constitutional nobody’ and thwarting every senator’s constitutional duty, Trump leaves us no choice but to seek recourse through the courts.”

Last week, the Department of Justice released a legal opinion stating that Whitaker could legally serve as acting attorney general, writing, “As all three branches of government have long recognized, the President may designate an acting official to perform the duties of a vacant principal office, including a Cabinet office, even when the acting official has not been confirmed by the Senate.”

Whitaker has come under fire from Democrats who claim his history of comments about Robert Mueller’s probe into President Trump and Russia are grounds for recusal from his oversight role in the investigation.

House Democrat leaders recently sent a letter to an ethics official at the Department of Justice, demanding Whitaker’s recusal, writing, “There are serious ethical considerations that require Mr. Whitaker’s immediate recusal from any involvement with the Special Counsel investigation of the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.”

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Prior to his appointment as acting attorney general, Whitaker told radio host Andrew Wilkow that there was “no collusion” between Russia and Trump.

“The truth is there was no collusion with the Russians and the Trump campaign,” he said. “There was interference by the Russians into the election, but that was not collusion with the campaign. That’s where the left seems to be combining those two issues.”

Whitaker also appeared on CNN in 2017 and suggested that a new Attorney General could reduce Mueller’s budget and grind the investigation to a halt.

President Trump told Fox News yesterday that he “would not get involved” in Whitaker’s decisions as it relates to his oversight of the Mueller probe, and said he was confident that Whitaker was “going to do what’s right.”

Whitaker was appointed acting attorney general earlier this month, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions submitted his letter of resignation at President Trump’s request.