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Whitaker Testifies before House Committee. Aired 9:30-10a ET

Aired February 8, 2019 - 09:30   ET

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[09:30:00] POPPY HARLOW, CNN ANCHOR: Until they gavel in here. They're just getting setup. You already see the chairman, Jerry Nadler there, Democrat of New York.

Nia, to you. Let's not forget that it was about a week ago that Whitaker said the Mueller probe was close to getting wrapped up. So they're going to want to know about that as well here.

But it's clear from the opening statement that Whitaker -- that we just got that Whitaker does plan to assert, you know, that executive privilege may cover some of these answers in the future. So it sounds like there's a lot he's not going to answer.

NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL REPORTER: I think that's right. And we'll see how he approaches this. We'll see how this whole thing goes. This is a very, very big committee.

HARLOW: OK.

HENDERSON: This could be a lengthy hearing, but not necessarily of that informative, especially around those questions that Democrats want to know most of all.

HARLOW: All right, let's listen in. They just gaveled in. The chairman, Jerry Nadler, talking about --

REP. JERROLD NADLER (D), CHAIRMAN, JUDICIARY COMMITTEE: Representative Dingell was elected to Congress in 1955 and he went on to become the longest serving member of Congress in the history of the United States. And by virtue of enduring accomplishment, one of the greatest. He was a presence in the hearing room, a determined investigator and a true believer in congressional oversight. He loved the House of Representatives. We remember him for his humor, his charm, his unshakable integrity and, of course, his fantastic Twitter account. Our thoughts are with our colleague, Debbie Dingell, and the entire Dingell family. Chairman Dingell will be missed.

(WHITAKER HEARING)

[09:59:53] MATTHEW WHITAKER, ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL: Our public integrity section prosecutors served as subject matter experts for federal prosecutors and investigators nationwide, while working with the FBI at these strategic information and operation center. Over my time as acting attorney general, I have done everything

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