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House Judiciary chairman says Whitaker will return to Capitol to clarify testimony

House Judiciary chairman says Whitaker will return to Capitol to clarify testimony

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday that former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will return to Capitol Hill to clarify previous testimony. 

"I want to thank Mr. Whitaker for volunteering to meet with us to clarify his ⁦@HouseJudiciary⁩ testimony, and I look forward to working with Ranking Member ⁦@RepDougCollins⁩ to schedule that meeting in the coming days," Nadler tweeted. 

The Justice Department said that Whitaker will meet with the committee privately, according to The Associated Press

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Whitaker publicly testified before the Judiciary Committee on Feb. 8 in what was at times a heated hearing. Nadler invited Whitaker to speak with the committee again just days later, saying in a letter that the official's answers were "unsatisfactory, incomplete or contradicted by other evidence."

"You repeatedly refused to offer clear responses regarding your communications with the White House, and you were inconsistent in your application of the Department’s policy related to the discussion of ongoing investigations," Nadler added.

Whitaker, who is now a senior counselor in the office of associate attorney general, has gained scrutiny regarding his interactions with President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE

The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that the Judiciary Committee believes it has evidence Trump asked Whitaker to put his ally, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, in charge of an investigation into Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen.  

Berman recused himself from the Southern District of New York's probe of Cohen because he donated to Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.  

The Journal noted that there is no sign Whitaker acted on the request. However, the committee is probing whether Whitaker committed perjury while giving testimony, a person familiar with the matter told The Journal.

A Justice Department spokeswoman, Kerri Kupec, told The New York Times last week that Whitaker "stands by his testimony."