Whitaker Won’t Walk Back His Mueller ‘Witch Hunt’ Diss

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 08: Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker testifies before the House Judiciary Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill February 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. F... WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 08: Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker testifies before the House Judiciary Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill February 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. Following a subpoena fight between committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and the Justice Department, Whitaker was questioned about his oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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February 8, 2019 12:22 p.m.

Given the opportunity to walk back his comments, before joining the Justice Department, that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation might be a “witch hunt,” acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker declined to do so at a House Judiciary Committee hearing Friday.

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) brought up Whitaker’s “witch hunt” comment, which he made in a CNN column, that if Mueller probed President Trump’s finances it “would raise serious concerns that the special counsel’s investigation was a mere witch hunt.”

Would you say the special counsel’s investigations is a witch hunt? Are you overseeing a witch hunt?” Cohen said.

Instead of addressing the comments, Whitaker said it would be inappropriate for him to talk about an ongoing investigation.

 

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