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The proper term for the situation that acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is in s "deep doo doo". His meeting before a House panel this morning can best be described as "contentious".
Here are a few key phrases from the article:
Mr. Nadler, the committee chairman, opened the hearing with sharp criticisms of Mr. Whitaker’s conduct while the acting attorney general. In particular he took Mr. Whitaker to task for refusing to recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigation even after career ethics officials recommended that he do so — a decision that Mr. Nadler said fell “well short of the mark.”
It’s one of many actions that Mr. Nadler said raised important questions about why President Trump chose Mr. Whitaker to run the department: Why did the president get rid of Mr. Sessions? Why did Mr. Whitaker choose to oversee an investigation that could harm Mr. Trump? And what does Mr. Trump hope to get from Mr. Whitaker’s leadership?
Whitaker is in an uncomfortable place for a couple of reasons:
(1) If he had refused to meet with the committee (which he threatened), he could have been found guilty of contempt of congress, which could lead to a jail term)
(2) If he is honest in his answers, Trump is going to go crazy