Schiff: Whitaker not telling Congress his intentions on Mueller

Schiff: Whitaker not telling Congress his intentions on Mueller
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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHouse erupts in anger over Jan. 6 and Trump's role Six takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections Lobbying world MORE (D-Calif.), the current ranking member and incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, on Sunday said the new acting attorney general at the Justice Department is not being transparent.

“Fact of the matter is that he's not telegraphing what he's doing,” Schiff said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “He's not telling us or anyone, at least in Congress.”


Democrats have raised concerns that Matthew Whitaker, whom President TrumpDonald TrumpNew Capitol Police chief to take over Friday Overnight Health Care: Biden officials says no change to masking guidance right now | Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Medicaid expansion | Mississippi's attorney general asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade Michael Wolff and the art of monetizing gossip MORE appointed to the role earlier this month, wants to shut down Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s investigation. The special counsel is probing Russian election interference and alleged collusion between Trump’s presidential campaign and the Kremlin.

Whitaker has criticized the probe in the past, prompting Schiff and other Democrats to call for him to recuse himself from the investigation.

But Schiff said on Sunday that Whitaker has not communicated his plans to concerned members of Congress.

“I don't know what steps he has taken, whether he is merely getting briefed now and deliberating on whether he will allow Mueller to subpoena the president or whether he will allow Mueller to look into this issue or giving Mueller a time when he needs to wrap up his investigation,” Schiff told CNN host Dana Bash. “We certainly don't know. I'll tell you this, Dana, we're going to find out.”

Schiff also threatened to haul Whitaker in to testify before his committee in the next Congress.

“We are going to bring Whitaker before the Congress, assuming he's still in his position at the time when Democrats take over,” he said. “We may bring him in whether he's in that position or not, to find out the answers to these questions.”

Whitaker has reportedly told associates that he won't cut Mueller’s budget. Mueller told a court last week that Whitaker’s appointment has “no effect” on his ongoing investigation.