Trump rips ‘vicious’ Dems after fiery hearing with acting AG

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE on Saturday ripped congressional Democrats after a tense House hearing with acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker the previous day.

Whitaker appeared in front of the House Judiciary Committee for nearly six hours Friday, where he was grilled by Democrats about special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s investigation and other topics. He repeatedly refused to discuss his conversations with Trump, infuriating Democrats.

“The Democrats in Congress yesterday were vicious and totally showed their cards for everyone to see. When the Republicans had the Majority they never acted with such hatred and scorn!” Trump tweeted Saturday morning.

Whitaker sparred with various lawmakers during his testimony before the Judiciary panel, with Democrats peppering him with questions and blasting his responses when asked about Mueller, the administration's separation of migrant families at the border and other topics.

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At one point, the acting top cop shocked committee members and spectators alike after he told Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) that his time for questioning had run out.

“Mr. Chairman, I see that your five minutes is up,” Whitaker said, drawing gasps from the panel and a packed crowd.

“I am here voluntarily. We have agreed to five-minute rounds,” he added. 

Lawmakers routinely go over their five-minute time limits for questioning, and it is particularly rare for a witness to tell a committee chairman that they have gone over their time limit.

“The committee will come to order. I will point out we didn't enforce the five-minute rule on acting Attorney General Whitaker,” Nadler responded.

Whitaker also faced a litany of pointed questions regarding his role in the special counsel's probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow in 2016, with which he said he had not interfered. 

Democratic Reps. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Will there be any last-minute shutdown drama? Congress hits gas on border deal Trump: 'Shutdown would be a terrible thing' MORE (N.Y.) and Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by America's 340B Hospitals — Push for cosponsors for new 'Medicare for all' bill | Court lets Dems defend ObamaCare | Flu season not as severe as last year, CDC says Democrats seek cosponsors for new 'Medicare for all' bill Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by America's 340B Hospitals — Utah tests Trump on Medicaid expansion | Dems roll out Medicare buy-in proposal | Medicare for all could get hearing next month | Doctors group faces political risks on guns MORE (Wash.) raised eyebrows with their critical lines of questioning.

Jeffries asked Whitaker, “How the heck did you become the head of the Department of Justice?” while Jayapal became emotional when discussing the administration’s family separation policy at the southern border.

“Our country is still reeling from the horror of family separations that occurred at the border,” Jayapal said at the opening of her line of questioning. “The truth is, we may not know how many children were separated from their parents.”

Trump suggested Saturday that Democrats were critical of Whitaker as part of their effort to win the presidential election next year.

“The Dems are trying to win an election in 2020 that they know they cannot legitimately win!” he tweeted.