Whitaker Says he Won't Testify if He'll be Subpoenaed
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said Thursday he won't appear before the House Judiciary Committee without a guarantee that he won't be subpoenaed.
The Justice Department relayed the news to Congress in a letter shortly after the committee authorized its chairman, Rep.
Jerry Nadler, to subpoena Whitaker.
Whitaker said in a statement the committee had crossed the line, since he'd already agreed to testify back in November.
Nadler said he would only use the subpoena if Whitaker didn't show up or didn't answer the committee's questions — chief among them being why Whitaker didn't recuse himself from overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. The letter said Whitaker is willing to discuss why he didn't recuse himself, but also made clear that he won't answer questions about any "confidential presidential communications that no attorney general could ever be expected to disclose under the circumstances." In a response , Nadler said if the acting attorney general shows up tomorrow and is ready to answer the committee's questions, then no subpoena will be issued.
But if Whitaker is "unable to fully respond to any specific question," then the committee is "prepared to handle [his] concerns on a case-by-case basis." Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN .