Whitaker Attempts To Use Five-Minute Rule To Avoid Nadler Question

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker prepares to testify before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight of the Justice Department, at Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on February 8, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB... Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker prepares to testify before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight of the Justice Department, at Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on February 8, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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February 8, 2019 10:27 a.m.

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker drew gasps and some laughter in the room during a House Judiciary Committee hearing Friday by attempting to invoke the committee’s five-minute allotment for members to ask questions to avoid answering a question from Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY).

Nadler asked Whitaker is he had been asked to approve of any actions of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

“Mr. Chairman, I see that your five minutes is up,” Whitaker said, causing an uproar in the hearing room.

Nadler pushed him to answer the question, and Whitaker continued to resist, demanding Nadler tell him what the basis of the question was.

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