U.S. House Judiciary Committee asks Acting Attorney General not to avoid Russia-related questions

Source : 112 Ukraine

Matthew Whitaker is to testify at the House Judiciary Committee, as the probe into Russia's meddling with 2016 presidential election is underway
14:43, 23 January 2019

Matthew Whitaker, U.S. Acting Attorney General

Jerrold Nadler, the leading Democrat official at the U.S. House Judiciary Committee warned U.S. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker about the upcoming interview, where the latter would have to testify about Russia's part in the 2016 presidential election. 

Reuters looked into the story, mentioning that Nadler could have his own reasons to be concerned that both Whitaker and his predecessor Jeff Sessions avoided these questions. 

“The committee will not accept your declining to answer any question on the theory that the President may want to invoke his privileges in the future,” Nadler wrote. “Short of a direct and appropriate invocation of executive privilege, I will expect you to answer these questions fully and to the best of your knowledge,” he added, as the news agency quoted him.

'Whitaker has been under fire by Democrats since Trump appointed him in November to replace the ousted Sessions. Many have voiced concern that Whitaker’s appointment violated the U.S. Constitution and represented an effort to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and possible coordination with Trump campaign members. Trump denies colluding with Moscow', Reuters wrote.

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