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Trump’s Acting Attorney General Tells Democrat Committee Chairman His Time Is Up

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker reminded the head of the House Judiciary Committee that his allotted time for questioning had expired, drawing astonished reactions from those in attendance.

Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), who has in the past floated impeachment of the President, engaged Whitaker in a fiery line of questioning which involved repeated attempts to question the acting AG whether or not he had been briefed on the Mueller probe after he had recused himself from overseeing the investigation.

Whitaker kept asking Nadler the basis for the question while the Chairman repeatedly interrupted him.

“Now, in your capacity as acting attorney general, have you ever been asked to approve any request or action to be taken by the special counsel?” Nadler then asked.

Exasperated, Whitaker said “Mr. Chairman, I see that your five minutes is up,” leading to several gasps, groans, and laughs throughout the chamber. Even Nadler seemed amused.


Whitaker, it would seem, was not joking.

“I am here voluntarily,” he said. “We have agreed to five-minute rounds.”

Breach of Protocol

Some lawmakers were left with their mouths agape at the audacity of the acting AG calling out a committee member for going over their time limit.


The committee will come to order,” Nadler responded. “I will point out we didn’t enforce the five-minute rule on acting attorney general Whitaker.”

The rarity of a witness to point out that lawmakers had overrun their time is what left many Democrats shocked at Whitaker’s statement.


“It is very unusual for a witness to mention the time limit, and even more so for a witness to accuse the chairman of a panel to have gone over his time limit,” Olivia Beavers of The Hill wrote.

“I have not interfered in any way with the special counsel’s investigation,” Whitaker ultimately responded to Nadler’s line of questioning.

Read more at the Political Insider

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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