Whitaker to Defend Russia Probe Handling in US Hearing Testimony

Whitaker to Defend Russia Probe Handling in US Hearing Testimony

February 8, 2019, 9:27 AM

Whitaker to Defend Russia Probe Handling in US Hearing Testimony

FILE - Acting United States Attorney General Matt Whitaker speaks before introducing President Donald Trump at the 2018 Project Safe Neighborhoods National Conference in Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 7, 2018.
FILE – Acting United States Attorney General Matt Whitaker speaks before introducing President Donald Trump at the 2018 Project Safe Neighborhoods National Conference in Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 7, 2018.

WASHINGTON —

Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will defend his handling of the U.S. special counsel's Russia probe before a U.S. House of Representatives panel on Friday, but will not discuss his communications with President Donald Trump, according to his prepared testimony.

Whitaker said he would invoke executive privilege at the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's hearing, the testimony said. He also planned to tell lawmakers there has been no change in overall management of the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible
collusion with Trump's campaign, it said.

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