WASHINGTON — Matthew G. Whitaker, the acting attorney general, told Congress on Friday that he had “not interfered in any way with the special counsel’s investigation” into Russia’s 2016 election-manipulation operation since President Trump installed him atop the Justice Department.
During an often contentious oversight hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, Mr. Whitaker also testified that he had provided no inside information about that inquiry, or related ones in the Southern District of New York, to Mr. Trump or his lawyers and White House aides.
“I do not believe that I have briefed third-party individuals outside of the Department of Justice,” Mr. Whitaker said. “I have received the briefings myself, and I’m usually the endpoint of that information.”
While Mr. Whitaker provided those bottom-line claims up front, he refused to discuss many other things — like his conversations with Mr. Trump, or why he recently said the special counsel inquiry would soon wrap up — as questions about the Russia investigation dominated the hearing. The committee chairman, Representative Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York, told Mr. Whitaker that he would seek to force him to submit to further questioning in a later deposition.
After taking control of the House in the midterm elections, Democrats made it an early priority to get Mr. Whitaker in front of the oversight committee before his expected replacement by William P. Barr, whom the Senate is likely to confirm next week as attorney general. Mr. Whitaker’s voluntary appearance followed a last-minute fight with Democrats on Thursday over whether they would commit to not serving him with a subpoena before or on Friday — a precursor to potentially citing him for contempt of Congress.
The hearing also touched on a series of other topics. Among them, Mr. Whitaker denied that the Justice Department had recently decided to issue a legal opinion restricting online gambling — reversing an interpretation the department had issued in 2011 — as a gift to casino owners like Sheldon G. Adelson, the casino magnate and a major Republican donor. Mr. Whitaker said he had no involvement in the opinion, but rejected as “absolutely wrong” the premise that the process was corrupt.
But the hearing focused mainly on the Russia investigation. It quickly became contentious, as Mr. Nadler used his opening statement to blast Mr. Whitaker for refusing to recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigation despite the recommendation of Justice Department ethics officials that he step aside because of his past public comments criticizing it.
The panel’s ranking Republican, Representative Doug Collins of Georgia, in turn accused Mr. Nadler of engaging in “character assassination” and “political theater” and of wasting time by obtaining authority to subpoena Mr. Whitaker. Mr. Collins then forced an unsuccessful roll-call vote on whether to immediately adjourn the hearing.
And when Mr. Nadler began questioning Mr. Whitaker, the acting attorney general refused to provide details about when and how many times he had been briefed about the Russia investigation, which is led by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III. Then, when Mr. Nadler asked Mr. Whitaker if he had ever been asked to approve any request for action to be taken by Mr. Mueller, Mr. Whitaker audaciously replied: “Mr. Chairman, I see that your five minutes is up.”
The room broke into laughter as Mr. Nadler looked up in apparent disbelief at the breach of decorum, but then grinned himself and let it slide, noting that he did not enforce the five-minute rule during Mr. Whitaker’s opening statement. Mr. Nadler then directed Mr. Whitaker to “answer the question, please.”
Mr. Whitaker’s retorts to lawmakers soon irked Democrats. “Mr. Attorney General, we are not joking here,” said Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, Democrat of Texas, during one exchange. “And your humor is not acceptable.”
But as a matter of substance, the takeaway was that Mr. Whitaker testified under oath that he had never used his position to provide inside information about the Russia inquiry to Mr. Trump or his proxies, nor had he taken any step to impede Mr. Mueller’s work — both fears that Democrats have repeatedly expressed since Mr. Trump installed him as acting head of the department.
“I want to be very specific about this, Mr. Chairman, because I think it will allay a lot of fears that have existed among this committee, among the legislative branch, largely, and maybe amongst some American people,” Mr. Whitaker said. “We have followed the special counsel’s regulations to a T. There’s been no event, no decision that has required me to take any action, and I’ve not interfered in any way with the special counsel’s investigation.”
Mr. Whitaker pointedly declined at multiple points, though, to defend Mr. Mueller and his investigation from accusations by Mr. Trump or others that he was conducting a “witch hunt.”
Several moments in Mr. Whitaker’s testimony were notable because they raised potential tensions with news reports. For example, CNN reported in December that Mr. Trump had yelled at Mr. Whitaker after two developments in the case involving the president’s former lawyer and fixer, Michael D. Cohen, that rattled the White House: Mr. Cohen’s decision to plead guilty to lying about the Trump Organization’s work on a tower project in Moscow and the fact that the president was identified as Individual-1 in the Cohen plea papers.
Representative David Cicilline, Democrat of Rhode Island, brought up that report and asked whether it was true that Mr. Trump had lashed out at Mr. Whitaker, who at first seemed to demur, noting that Mr. Trump had said on Twitter that he did not lash out.
But Mr. Cicilline, saying he did not have confidence in the veracity of what Mr. Trump tweets, pressed Mr. Whitaker to answer under oath about whether the president had lashed out or otherwise expressed dissatisfaction over the Cohen case developments.
“No, he did not,” Mr. Whitaker said.
Mr. Whitaker also told several lawmakers that he had never talked to anyone at the White House or in Mr. Trump’s circle about his views of the Mueller inquiry before joining the Justice Department in September 2017 as chief of staff to Jeff Sessions, then the attorney general.
Mr. Whitaker had made public comments that were skeptical of the Russia investigation during that period, and The New York Times has reported that in July 2017, Mr. Whitaker had interviewed with Donald F. McGahn II, then serving as Mr. Trump’s White House counsel, about the possibility of becoming the main White House lawyer who would manage and respond to the Mueller investigation. The White House instead ended up giving that job to Ty Cobb.
Later, under questioning by Representative Eric Swalwell, Democrat of California, Mr. Whitaker acknowledged having applied for the job that went to Mr. Cobb. But he said he had spoken only with Mr. McGahn’s chief of staff, Annie Donaldson, and not Mr. McGahn himself about it. Either way, when Mr. Swalwell expressed incredulity that his views of the Mueller investigation would not have come up during such an interview, Mr. Whitaker insisted that Ms. Donaldson had not asked about them.
“They did not want to talk about the investigation because the folks were dealing with that investigation, and that’s why they wanted to bring in someone that had been unrelated to the investigation and the campaign,” Mr. Whitaker said, adding: “We did not discuss it. We discussed about my background as a U.S. attorney and my legal practice.”
But at the end of the hearing, Mr. Nadler called Mr. Whitaker’s testimony on the topic of communications with the White House before joining the Justice Department inconsistent at best. And Mr. Nadler reiterated his intention to call Mr. Whitaker back for another interview, “under subpoena if necessary,” to answer additional questions he had declined to address on Friday.
“It is not credible that you both interviewed for a job handling the president’s response to the special counsel investigation and never conveyed your opinions about that investigation to the White House,” Mr. Nadler said. “We require answers to these questions.”B:
九十期马报欲钱买什么【火】【石】【双】【膝】【盘】【坐】，【出】【了】【灵】【魂】【洞】【天】，【一】【棵】【桃】【树】【出】【现】【在】【剑】【上】，【空】【间】【主】【周】【围】【盘】【旋】【的】【洞】【天】，【一】【个】【一】【个】【洞】【天】【向】【着】【铠】【甲】【击】【打】【而】【去】，“【火】【石】，【你】【终】【于】【出】【来】【了】。” “【我】【出】【来】【是】【送】【你】【送】【死】【的】。” “【我】【杀】【的】【神】【级】【修】【炼】【者】【数】【都】【数】【不】【过】【来】，【你】【能】【够】【击】【杀】【天】【神】【级】【别】【的】【修】【炼】【者】，【只】【是】，【我】【已】【经】【修】【炼】【到】【了】【帝】【尊】，【今】【天】【就】【是】【你】【的】【死】【期】。”【六】【个】【灵】【魂】【洞】【天】
【林】【泽】【此】【时】【对】【妖】【精】【森】【林】【已】【有】【所】【了】【解】，【凤】【凰】【山】【是】【在】【扇】【形】【的】【一】【侧】，【而】【龙】【皇】【分】【身】【奔】【行】【的】【方】【向】【是】【扇】【形】【的】【正】【中】【间】。 【妖】【精】【越】【来】【越】【多】，【而】【且】【相】【互】【间】【开】【始】【厮】【杀】，【不】【仅】【是】【不】【同】【妖】【族】【间】【厮】【杀】，【同】【族】【间】【也】【是】【乱】【战】。 【林】【泽】【没】【想】【到】【妖】【精】【同】【族】【间】【也】【不】【团】【结】，【大】【概】【是】【因】【为】【变】【人】【变】【的】，【没】【学】【到】【好】【的】，【倒】【是】【学】【会】【内】【斗】。 【龙】【皇】【分】【身】【直】【接】【飞】【上】【一】【座】【直】【插】【云】
【席】【三】【儿】【坑】【了】，【那】【丫】【死】【活】【不】【知】【反】【正】【是】【失】【去】【联】【系】【了】。 【席】【三】【儿】【失】【去】【了】【联】【系】【就】【意】【味】【着】【火】【筛】【与】【九】【边】【诸】【家】【的】【联】【系】，【彻】【底】【中】【断】【了】。 【那】【么】【现】【在】【他】【与】【其】【他】【诸】【部】【汇】【合】【之】【后】，【就】【面】【临】【着】【是】【撤】【走】【还】【是】【按】【照】【计】【划】【进】【攻】【大】【同】、【宣】【府】、【蓟】【州】【三】【地】？！ 【没】【有】【了】【席】【三】【儿】【现】【在】【面】【临】【的】【最】【大】【的】【问】【题】【是】，【这】【三】【座】【城】【池】【究】【竟】【是】【被】【大】【明】【控】【制】【还】【是】【他】【们】【占】【下】【了】。
【李】【稻】【被】【这】【么】【一】【问】，【有】【些】【不】【好】【意】【思】【地】【道】：“【我】【带】【了】【大】【概】【有】【一】【打】【多】【吧】。” 【夏】【立】【夏】：“……” “【因】【为】【放】【学】【后】【要】【和】【师】【兄】【对】【训】，【要】【吃】【饱】【了】【才】【有】【力】【气】。” “【你】【师】【兄】【是】【谁】？” “【额】……【冬】【神】。” “【什】【么】？【你】【的】【师】【兄】【是】【冬】【神】？”【夏】【立】【夏】【喊】【了】【出】【声】。 【因】【为】【是】【星】【期】【一】【的】【大】【课】【间】，【班】【上】【的】【同】【学】【大】【部】【分】【都】【留】【在】【教】【室】【里】【趴】【着】九十期马报欲钱买什么【月】【姬】【被】【这】【突】【然】【的】【一】【下】【撞】【的】【有】【些】【迷】【糊】。 【揉】【着】【自】【己】【的】【脑】【袋】【缓】【缓】【抬】【起】【头】，“【好】【疼】【啊】……” 【仰】【头】【皱】【眉】【看】【着】【挡】【在】【自】【己】【眼】【前】【的】【人】。 【夏】【祈】【渊】【低】【头】【看】【着】【撞】【到】【自】【己】【怀】【里】【的】【人】，【视】【线】【和】【她】【对】【上】。 【待】【看】【清】【她】【的】【容】【貌】，【表】【情】【有】【一】【瞬】【的】【空】【白】。 【月】【姬】【皱】【着】【眉】【头】【想】【了】【想】，【自】【己】【好】【像】【见】【过】【这】【个】【男】【人】。 【尽】【言】【一】【进】【来】【就】【看】【见】【月】【姬】【撞】【在】【别】
【刚】【当】【上】【董】【事】【长】【的】【钟】【世】【杰】【没】【什】【么】【威】【望】。【董】【事】【会】【的】【股】【东】【见】【钟】【世】【杰】【如】【此】【年】【轻】【就】【坐】【上】【公】【司】【的】【第】【一】【把】【交】【椅】，【有】【些】【失】【望】。【因】【为】【这】【样】【的】【安】【排】【太】【出】【乎】【他】【们】【的】【意】【料】。 【虽】【然】**【凯】【跟】【他】【们】【表】【态】【钟】【世】【杰】【仅】【仅】【是】【他】【的】【代】【理】【董】【事】【长】。【但】【是】【股】【东】【们】【害】【怕】【自】【己】【的】【权】【益】【受】【损】，【他】【们】【各】【怀】【鬼】【胎】。【刚】【开】【始】，【他】【们】【经】【常】【跟】【钟】【世】【杰】【针】【锋】【相】【对】。 【钟】【世】【杰】【见】【状】，【只】
【第】【一】【百】【四】【十】【六】【章】:【轻】【浅】【相】【识】【篇】 “【既】【然】【陆】【先】【生】【相】【信】【我】【的】【话】，【那】【还】【请】【你】【不】【要】【过】【问】【太】【多】，【如】【果】【真】【的】【担】【心】【你】【的】【公】【司】【会】【亏】【损】【的】【话】，【那】【些】【金】【额】【可】【以】【算】【在】【我】【的】【账】【上】。”【芙】【云】【一】【脸】【认】【真】【的】【说】【着】。 【舒】【蒽】【对】【于】【她】【来】【说】，【在】【心】【底】【里】【面】【还】【是】【有】【一】【些】【分】【量】【的】，【芙】【云】【是】【一】【个】【会】【懂】【得】【感】【恩】【的】【人】，【不】【然】【也】【不】【会】【现】【在】【在】【这】【里】【求】【着】【陆】【慕】【郝】【了】。 “【芙】【小】
【易】【水】【寒】【没】【言】【语】，【跟】【着】【随】【后】【而】【来】【的】【华】【秉】【天】【进】【了】【二】【楼】【书】【房】。 【华】【秉】【天】【习】【惯】【性】【的】【递】【给】【易】【水】【寒】【烟】，【说】：“【三】【嫂】【回】【来】【了】，【心】【里】【不】【慌】【了】【吧】？” 【易】【水】【寒】【摆】【摆】【手】，【嘴】【角】【勾】【起】，【随】【性】【的】【坐】【下】【了】。 【华】【秉】【天】【诧】【异】，“【怎】【么】【了】？” 【这】【些】【年】，【易】【水】【寒】【习】【惯】【了】【抽】【烟】，【带】【的】【他】【也】【上】【了】【瘾】，【今】【天】【难】【得】【的】【拒】【绝】，【有】【些】【出】【乎】【华】【秉】【天】【意】【料】。 “【不】