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February 8th: Hearing with Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker

Washington, DC, February 1, 2019

On Friday, February 8, 2019 at 9:30 a.m., the House Judiciary Committee will hold an oversight hearing with Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. This will be the Judiciary Committee’s first congressional oversight hearing of the 116th Congress.

On November 30, 2018, the Acting Attorney General committed to appear for a hearing.

On January 15th, Chairman Nadler sent a letter to Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker setting the agreed date of February 8, 2019 for Mr. Whitaker’s open testimony.

On January 22nd, Chairman Nadler sent a letter to Acting Attorney General Whitaker outlining a list of prepared questions concerning communications between Whitaker and President Trump in advance of the hearing. In the letter, Chairman Nadler makes clear that the Committee expects direct answers to their questions, and “will not accept your declining to answer any question on the theory that the President may want to invoke his privileges in the future.” The prepared questions cover issues related to Mr. Whitaker’s appointment by President Trump to replace Jeff Sessions following his firing, Mr. Whitaker’s decision not to recuse himself from the Special Counsel investigation, and his oversight over the Special Counsel investigation, and the nature of his relationship with the President.

Witness:                     Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, U.S.  Department of Justice

Date:                           February 8, 2019

Time:                          9:30 a.m.

Location:                    2141 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington D.C.

Livestream:               The hearing will stream live here.

Media Guidance: 

On the day of the hearing, media will be allowed access to the committee hearing room at 9 a.m. Congressionally-credentialed members of the media MUST RSVP to their respective Press Gallery no later than 6:00 p.m. on February 7, 2019. Attendance will be limited to one media representative from each outlet. We will try to accommodate additional representatives if space is available. Gallery contact information is below:

House Radio/TV Gallery:                  202-225-5214

House Periodical Gallery:    202-225-2941

House Daily Press Gallery:  202-225-3945

Photographer Gallery:                       202-224-6548