Thursday, 21 March, 2019

After Closed Meeting, Nadler Makes New Claims About Whitaker's DOJ Conduct

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"While he was acting attorney general, Mr. Whitaker was directly involved in conversations about whether to fire one or more US attorneys", Nadler continued.

"I have not talked to the president of the United States about the special counsel's investigation", Whitaker responded, leaving open the question of whether he had spoken to Trump about Cohen's case, which was brought by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY, not special counsel Robert Mueller.

U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer and one-time "fixer" Michael Cohen's testimony to Congress regarding any potential pardon for his crimes could have been clearer, but he never personally asked the president for such a reprieve, Cohen's lawyer said. There's a lot of fake news out there.

But during combative questioning by Democrats, Whitaker was asked by Nadler whether he had "communicated any information" he had learned in briefings with investigators to the president.

But the top Republican on the committee pushed back on Whitaker's comments in the closed-door meeting with the Judiciary Committee leaders, disputing Nadler's characterization of Whitaker's comments.

In a letter to Whitaker asking for him to return and clarify his comments, Nadler said that the committee "has identified several individuals with direct knowledge of the phone calls you denied receiving" from the White House.

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They want to see that", she said , prompting Behar to note that Obama had in fact produced his birth certificate. That prompted co-host Joy Behar , who also disapproves of Trump, to say: "We're not here to be better people".

Nadler also claimed that Whitaker "did not deny" that Trump called Whitaker to discuss Cohen's case and personnel decisions surrounding it, as had been reported by the New York Times.

Whitaker, who left the Justice Department after Attorney General William Barr's arrival last month, caused alarm among Democrats when Trump appointed him acting attorney general without Senate confirmation in November, after ousting former Attorney Jeff Sessions last November.

Jerrold Nadler, said that Whitaker was "involved in conversations" about the case against Cohen and whether it might have gone too far. Monico also said that "at no time" did Cohen ask Trump for a pardon or did Trump offer one.

Whitaker thought the campaign finance angle against Cohen was "specious", according to Republican staff at the meeting.

"He would not say no", Nadler said when pressed further.

At the February hearing, which was held while Whitaker was still acting attorney general, Democrats confronted him on his past criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller's work and his refusal to recuse himself from overseeing it, attacked him over his prior business dealings and challenged his credentials as the country's chief law enforcement officer. Cohen, in connection with a separate investigation, also pleaded guilty to tax and bank-related fraud charges and is expected to report to prison in May to serve a three-year sentence. Trump has denied those claims.

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