Whitaker laid the groundwork for a likely tussle with Democrats by saying in his opening statement that while he would address their questions, he would not reveal details of his communications with Trump.
"I have not interfered in any way with the special counsel investigation", Whitaker told the committee.
Numerous questions centered on Whitaker's media appearances before joining the Justice Department in which he railed against special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep.
Saudi Arabia 'curtailed' Jamal Khashoggi murder probe
She said that Saudi killers had exploited diplomatic immunity to carry out the murder. The newspaper continued by citing another part of the intelligence report.
Democrats suspect Whitaker's appointment as the top judicial official was aimed at suppressing investigations of Trump, who has repeatedly called the Mueller probe a "witch-hunt". He is the person "ultimately in charge of the investigation", yet insisted he has not interfered in any way with it.
"I'm not kidding when I say I have interviewed terrorists who are more cooperative and respectful than Matt Whitaker was today", Figliuzzi began, provoking laughter from MSNBC host Nicole Wallace.
Whitaker would only say as acting attorney general he had to "set the tone for the entire department".
"Mr. Attorney General, we are not joking here and your humor is not acceptable".
So far, the hearing has not shed much light on the status of the Mueller investigation - and it may not. Collins said Friday the Democrats' move was part of a "character assassination".
One case of measles confirmed in Bell County
They said there's no shortage of these vaccines in the community, and they encourage anyone who hasn't received it to get it done. The United States outbreaks, which are defined as 3 or more cases, are in New York State, New York City and Washington State.
"Before we adjourn, I want to note for the record, Mr. Whitaker, you owe us responses on a number of issues raised here today", said Nadler, who then rattled off several of the questions.
"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.
Since Whitaker was tapped to replace Jeff Sessions in November as acting attorney general, he has been under fire from Democrats for his public comments criticizing the special counsel's investigation. Whitaker was an outspoken critic of the investigation before arriving at the Justice Department in 2017. Nadler confirmed that the congressman "controls the time". Nadler reminded Whitaker that the committee had submitted questions relating to the special counsel investigation and was waiting on answers.
Democrats also inquired about Whitaker's past business dealings.
Washington vaccination rate spikes as measles outbreak continues
Last year, 372 measles cases were confirmed nationwide, the most since an outbreak in 2014 sickened 667 people. In nearly every instance, the infected person had not received the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine .
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