Acting Attorney General Whitaker expected to provide full, complete answers during testimony

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker

The Justice Department told the House Judiciary Committee Thursday afternoon that acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker will not appear at Friday's closely-watched oversight hearing unless he receives a written assurance by 6 p.m. ET Thursday that he will not be served with the subpoena the committee pre-emptively authorized to use if he avoids questions.

Democrats want to talk to Whitaker because he is a close ally of President Donald Trump and has criticized special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

By arming themselves with a pre-emptive subpoena to dangle over Whitaker's head on Friday during his voluntary testimony, the committee's Democrats had hoped to expedite disclosure of his conversations with Trump.

However, Whitaker on Thursday said he would not appear before the committee unless it drops its threat to issue a subpoena if he either fails to show or refuses to answer certain questions about his interactions with President Donald Trump.

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Whitaker is likely in his final days as the country's chief law enforcement officer as the Senate prepares to vote soon on William Barr, Trump's pick for attorney general.

Nadler said he sent Whitaker a letter asking him to notify the committee if he planned to assert such executive privilege, but Whitaker never responded.

The two sides continued discussions throughout the evening and eventually, according to Justice Department officials, Nadler agreed that no subpoena would be issued Thursday or Friday.

Whitaker insisted Thursday that was not the case, saying he had "devoted considerable resources and numerous hours to my preparation" and was looking forward to the hearing.

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Boyd added, "We would regard the service of a subpoena today or tomorrow to be a breach of our prior agreement that the acting attorney general would testify voluntarily on February 8, consistent with the established practices by which executive officials traditionally appear before the Committee".

Mariotti then explained that if Mueller or the Southern District of NY want to know what Trump has told Whitaker, those conversations aren't going to be privileged.

Whitaker added that "political theater is not the goal of an oversight hearing".

"This resolution merely authorizes the subpoena", Nadler said.

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"Rather than conducting appropriate oversight into the department's programs and activities, the committee evidently seeks to ask questions about confidential presidential communications that no attorney general could ever be expected to disclose under the circumstances", Boyd wrote. Republicans strongly opposed the measure, saying it was unnecessary because Whitaker was appearing voluntarily. Before the President fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appointed Whitaker Acting AG, he was Sessions' Chief of Staff, and reportedly the President's mole inside the Dept. of Justice. "The majority had enough faith in its witnesses last week not to subpoena them", said Ranking Member Doug Collins, (R-Ga.).

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