Whitaker Signals He’s Prepared To Cite Executive Privilege In Closely Watched Hearing

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 21: Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker delivers remarks to the Joint Terrorism Task Force on November 21, 2018 in New York City. Whitaker was appointed Acting Attorney General by U.S. Pr... NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 21: Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker delivers remarks to the Joint Terrorism Task Force on November 21, 2018 in New York City. Whitaker was appointed Acting Attorney General by U.S. President Donald Trump after Attorney General Jeff Sessions was forced to resign. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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February 8, 2019 9:23 a.m.
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In his prepared remarks in front of the House Judiciary Committee Friday, acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker signaled that he planned to avoid lawmakers’ question about his conversations with President Trump on the grounds that the President may seek to invoke executive privilege on those topics at a later date.

“I want to assure you that I will seek to answer the Committee’s questions today, as best as I can, but I also must make clear that I will continue the longstanding Executive Branch policy and practice of not disclosing information that may be subject to executive privilege, such as the contents of deliberations or conversations with the President,” Whitaker will say, according to the prepared remarks.

They come after a tense showdown between Whitaker and the committee over whether the committee would subpoena him at the hearing for declining to answer certain questions about his White House contacts. Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said Thursday that any situations where Whitaker would refuse to answer the committee’s questions on a ‘”case-by-case” basis.

Read Whitaker’s prepared remarks below:

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