Former US attorney and MSNBC contributor Chuck Rosenberg knocked Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker today for his comments at today's House Judiciary Committee hearing about special counsel Robert Mueller.
Nadler and three other House committee chairmen released documents that they said show Whitaker failed to return thousands of dollars that were supposed to be distributed to victims of a company's alleged fraud.
At times, Whitaker appeared to be adopting deliberate stalling tactics to avoid answering Democrats' questions.
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Members from both sides of the aisle questioned Whitaker during a House Judiciary Committee hearing Friday.
But Nadler, who a day earlier had threatened to subpoena Whitaker to ensure his appearance, left no doubt about his party's focus.
During his tenure, he added, the department has "complied with special counsel regulations and there has been no change in how the department has worked with the special counsel's office".
"Answer the question please", Nadler replied. "There has been no decision that has required me to take any action, and I have not interfered with the special counsel's investigation in any way".
He also testified he had taken no actions related to the probe.
Moscow has rejected United States intelligence findings that the Kremlin meddled in the 2016 presidential campaign, and Mr Trump has repeatedly denied any campaign collusion with Russian Federation.
But that didn't stop Nadler from trying one more time. The chairman said in his opening statement that the acting attorney general's "reluctance to answer questions about these communications as a deeply troubling sign".
"Do you agree with the president's characterization of the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation?" she asked.
Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, the committee's top Republican, criticized the hearing as "pure political theater" and a "dog and pony show". As Whitaker noted several times during his almost six hour long hearing, he doesn't have much time left in his role.
Trump's nominee for attorney general, William Barr, is expected to face a Senate confirmation vote next week.
"Mr. Attorney General, we are not joking here and your humor is not acceptable". He also signaled that he would give limited answers about the investigation itself.
After Mr Whitaker, the former chief of staff to Mr Sessions, was temporarily appointed to the position, it emerged he had written several op-eds that were sharply critical of Mr Mueller's probe. Whitaker was an outspoken critic of the investigation before arriving at the Justice Department in 2017.
Last month, Whitaker publicly said that the Mueller probe is "close to being completed".
'I want to be very specific about this, Mr. Chairman because I think it's going to allay a lot of fears that have existed among this committee, among the legislative branch largely, and maybe among some American people, ' Whitaker said. But Nadler told reporters after the hearing that he was not happy with Whitaker's answers and said he intends to bring him back for an additional deposition. The issue was worked out by Thursday evening, and Whitaker appeared voluntarily as planned.