Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker testified before the House Judiciary Committee Friday, the latest development in a day of drama between House Democrats and the Department of Justice.
REWATCH THE HEARING BELOW
Whitaker’s hearing is probably going to be a contentious affair. Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have a lot of questions for Whitaker; the hearing on Friday was set to be the first high-profile oversight hearing into the Trump administration since Democrats retook the majority.
And things got complicated on Thursday, after the House Judiciary Committee authorized a subpoena for Whitaker, which Chair Jerrold Nadler said he would use only if Whitaker refused to answer the committee’s questions.
But Whitaker fired back, saying through a letter from the Justice Department that he would not testify at all if the committee issued a subpoena. The DOJ demanded a response from Nadler, in writing, by 6 pm Thursday.
“I remain willing to appear to testify tomorrow, provided that the chairman assures me that the committee will not issue a subpoena today or tomorrow, and that the committee will engage in good faith negotiations before taking such a step down the road,” Whitaker said in a statement.
Nadler added that the committee would handle Whitaker’s concerns over specific questions “on a case-by-case basis.”
Nadler’s response seemed to be an attempt to de-escalate the confrontation between House Democrats and Whitaker without completely backing down. And it appears to have worked: A few hours later, Nadler confirmed on Twitter that Whitaker would attend the hearing on Friday.
Read Whitaker’s prepared remarks to the House Judiciary Committee below.
More to come…
Kamala Harris Suspends Presidential Campaign
Kamala Harris is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race.
To my supporters, it is with deep regret—but also with deep gratitude—that I am suspending my campaign today.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) December 3, 2019
But I want to be clear with you: I will keep fighting every day for what this campaign has been about. Justice for the People. All the people.https://t.co/92Hk7DHHbR
In a statement to supporters, the senator said:
“My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue. I’m not a billionaire. I can’t fund my own campaign. And as the campaign has gone on, it’s become harder and harder to raise the money we need to compete.”
She is expected to release a video shortly officially announcing the end of her campaign later today.
Shortly after news broke, the senator’s niece sent out a message of support.
I’m so proud of you. I love you. pic.twitter.com/JSK2YemDyK— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) December 3, 2019
Oxford Circus Tube Station Evacuated
Oxford Circus underground station was briefly evacuated following a fight on board a train.
Transport For London says that access to the station was restricted following a fight on-board a train. The station has since reopened.
Commuters had reported a burning smell within in station.