Ex-acting AG Matthew Whitaker leaves Justice Department

Politics 03/04/19, 11:51

Former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has left the Justice Department. Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec says Whitaker's last day was Saturday. Whitaker was replaced last month when William Barr was confirmed as attorney general. He became a counselor in the associate attorney general's office. Whitaker was elevated to acting attorney general in ...

Whitaker remains at Justice Dept. but in different role

Politics 02/15/19, 11:53

Former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker remains at the Justice Department, but in a very different role. Whitaker, who last week appeared before the House Judiciary Committee, now works as a senior counselor in the office of the associate attorney general. That office oversees the Justice Department’s civil litigation as well ...

House panel asks Whitaker to clarify ‘incomplete’ testimony

Politics 02/13/19, 18:48

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler says many of the answers Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker gave his committee in a hearing last week were "unsatisfactory, incomplete or contradicted by other evidence," and he is asking for further clarification. In a letter sent to Whitaker Wednesday, Nadler says he will call ...

Acting AG overseeing Mueller probe says he’s not interfered

Politics 02/08/19, 17:54

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said on Friday that he has "not interfered in any way" in the special counsel's Russia investigation as he faced a contentious and partisan congressional hearing in his waning days on the job. The hearing before the House Judiciary Committee was the first, and likely only, ...

Whitaker has time on his mind under Democratic grilling

Politics 02/08/19, 16:12

Tick-tock. Time seemed to be on acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's mind Friday when House Democrats trained their new oversight powers on his stewardship of the Trump administration's Justice Department. That's at least in part because his stewardship began in November with Jeff Sessions' resignation and could end next week if ...

Update: Whitaker cites ‘fidelity to the law’

Politics 02/08/19, 09:56

The Latest on acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's appearance before a House committee (all times local): 9:55 a.m. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will tell lawmakers that there has been no change in the "overall management" of the special counsel's Russia investigation. That's according to Whitaker's prepared remarks released as he arrived on ...

Update: Whitaker’s appearance before committee uncertain

Politics 02/07/19, 18:02

The Latest on Congress and Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker (all times local): 6 p.m. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's scheduled appearance before the House Judiciary Committee on Friday is still uncertain as the Department of Justice exchanges letters with the panel over whether Whitaker might be subpoenaed. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold ...

House panel OKs subpoena for acting attorney general

Politics 02/07/19, 12:04

The House Judiciary Committee has approved a tentative subpoena for Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker in an effort to ensure he appears at a hearing Friday and answers questions. The vote Thursday doesn't issue a subpoena to Whitaker but allows House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler to do so if Whitaker ...

House panel to vote on subpoena for acting attorney general

Politics 02/05/19, 11:04

The head of the House Judiciary Committee says he will hold a vote Thursday to approve a subpoena for Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker just in case he doesn't show up for scheduled testimony a day later. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., says he is holding the vote "in an abundance of ...

Supreme Court stays out of dispute over Whitaker appointment

Politics 01/14/19, 09:48

The Supreme Court is refusing to be drawn into a dispute over the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as the acting U.S. attorney general. The justices on Monday rejected an appeal in a case dealing with gun rights that also included a challenge to President Donald Trump's appointment of Whitaker to temporarily ...

Attorney General pick Barr expresses confidence in Mueller

Politics 01/09/19, 13:24

The incoming chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday that Attorney General nominee William Barr has confidence in special counsel Robert Mueller and will let him complete his Russia investigation. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said after meeting with Barr, who led the Justice Department under President George H.W. Bush, that ...

Source: Whitaker doesn’t need to recuse from Russia probe

Politics 12/20/18, 10:35

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has been advised by Justice Department ethics officials that he does not need to recuse himself from overseeing the special counsel's Russia probe. That's according to a person familiar with the matter and not authorized to discuss it publicly who spoke to The Associated Press on ...

Trump administration moves to ban bump stocks

U.S. 12/18/18, 11:26

The Trump administration moved Tuesday to officially ban bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms, and has made them illegal to possess beginning in late March. The devices will be banned under a federal law that prohibits machine guns, according to a senior Justice Department official. Bump ...

Acting attorney general defends Trump immigration crackdown

U.S. 12/11/18, 17:31

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is defending the Trump administration's stricter immigration policies and decrying federal judges attempting to block many of them. During a Texas visit Tuesday, Whitaker praised a crackdown aimed at drastically reducing the number of immigrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally then seek asylum because of ...

Trump in Missouri to address national conference on crime

Politics 12/07/18, 13:04

President Donald Trump is in Missouri to address a national conference on crime.Trump is delivering the closing address Friday at the 2018 Project Safe Neighborhoods National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. The meeting is sponsored by the Justice Department.President Donald Trump arrives at Kansas City International Airport in Kansas City, ...

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