In a tense exchange with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker drew gasps when he called time on Nadler's five-minute questioning round.

During a House hearing Friday, Whitaker made the remark as Nadler (D-N.Y.) pressed him on whether he had ever been asked to approve any request or action taken by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

"Mr. Chairman, I see that your five minutes is up," Whitaker said, shocking lawmakers and observers in the gallery.

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

Nadler appeared to laugh off the breach of protocol, and he re-asked his question, to which Whitaker responded, “I have not interfered in any way with the special counsel’s investigation.”


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Fox News chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reported on "America's Newsroom" that Whitaker very clearly stated that he has had no conversations with President Trump about the Mueller probe.

"The tension with the Democrats has been over whether Whitaker has been willing to get into some of the details -- or granularity, if you will -- of his discussions with anyone in the administration about the special counsel," Herridge said.

She reported that Whitaker declined to get into the specifics of those questions, citing executive privilege.

Watch the Nadler-Whitaker exchange and Herridge's report above.


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