UPDATED 6:56 AM PT — Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Democrats are calling on acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to testify before Congress.
On Tuesday, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said Whitaker will be asked to appear before the panel sometime this month. He said it will happen one way or the other, whether voluntarily or by force.
Representative Nadler also said if the committee doesn’t reach a date with Whitaker over the next day or two then he will be subpoenaed.
These words reiterate threats made by other Democrats, who wish to bring Whitaker before the committee to answer questions.
“We will subpoena him, that subpoena will be upheld in the courts and he’s going to have to defend his investigation and whether or not he’s made any promises to President Trump,” said Democrat Representative Eric Swalwell. “We would rather see that done voluntarily, this is the United States, it shouldn’t be adversarial for the people’s attorney general to come to Congress and tell the American people what his priorities are and whether he can uphold a lawful investigation.”
Democrats are looking to question Whitaker over his involvement in the Mueller investigation, and whether he made any plans to derail the probe before he was named acting attorney general.