In the print copy of Whitaker’s opening remarks provided to the press by the DoJ, Whitaker planned to claim “the vast majority of the illegal drugs in this country is coming over our Southern border, a pattern that is true for all crimes.” However actual law enforcement statistics, coming from the Department of Justice, do not support Whitaker’s claims.
Because it seems to be not true ….. https://t.co/HhKzj8NFiT
— Brad Heath (@bradheath) February 8, 2019
People expected Whitaker to get pushback on his false claims. And he did from Republican Representative Louis Buller Gohmert Jr. of Texas.
Gohmert reads Whitaker part of his opening statement (which I quote-tweeted earlier) about the southern border and crime.
Whitaker says he doesn’t know what speech those words are from
— Betsy Woodruff (@woodruffbets) February 8, 2019
By the end of the day Whitaker will be answering, “Me no speak English.”
— Schooley (@Rschooley) February 8, 2019
People took exception with Whitaker’s responses to members of Congress.
In court he’d be held in contempt
— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) February 8, 2019
Imagine if Hillary Clinton replied in the same manner during the Benghazi hearings. Just imagine.
— Jowana Bueser (@jowanabueser) February 8, 2019
And in one breath, he reinforces the notion that Individual #1 didn’t pick “the best people”.
— Bajan Yoda (Professional Anger Translator™) (@cbirch15) February 8, 2019
Whitaker is the Jacob Wohl of Brett Kavanaughs
— AccaDaccca (@AccaDaccca) February 8, 2019
Including pointing out hypocrisy in Whitaker’s own testimony, first stating he could not comment on an open investigation when asked about his involvement with Special Counsel Mueller, then commenting on an open investigation of the FBI and DoJ.
Whitaker says he won’t discuss an ongoing investigation when Nadler asks about Mueller, but tells GOP ranking member that John Huber is looking into potential misconduct by FBI/DOJ in 2016.
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) February 8, 2019
And some thought Whitaker’s response and uncooperative nature warranted a subpoena from Congress.
He’s boarding the subpoena express.. ALL ABOARD! 🚂
— Been Doin’ It (@mrbillyanders) February 8, 2019
Matthew Whitaker is ready and willin’ to entertain all far-right, QAnon nutball conspiracy theories, but refuses to talk about a legally commissioned Special Counsel investigation into Russian intervention.
— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) February 8, 2019
In his opening remarks, House Judiciary Committee Chair Nadler stated:
“In my view, your conduct, Mr. Whitaker—including your decision to ignore important ethics advice when you became acting Attorney General, no matter the consequences—your conduct, sir, falls well short of the mark.”
The congressional hearing is ongoing.