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BY: Paul Crookston
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D., Texas) got into a confrontation with acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker during a hearing Friday, demanding he not "joke" with her questions.
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The argument drew in the leaders of the House Judiciary Committee, with Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D., N.Y.) demanding Whitaker follow Jackson Lee’s directions and the committee's ranking member, Rep. Doug Collins (R., Ga.), pushing back. Jackson Lee had asked Whitaker whether he ever appeared before an oversight hearing or was confirmed in the Senate, and Nadler demanded he "answer the question as asked."
Nadler accused Whitaker of stalling but got pushback from the Republican Collins, who said Jackson Lee’s demand of "yes or no" was inappropriate.
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"If he feels that a yes or a no is appropriate, he’ll answer in a yes or a no; if he does not feel it’s appropriate, he should be able to answer in the appropriate way, as many other Democrats have done before this committee before," Collins said. "This is unreal."
"I will not allow the witness to stall and waste members' time," Nadler said.
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"Where were you when Ms. Lynch and Mr. Holder were here?" Collins replied, referring to the Obama administration's Attorneys General Loretta Lynch and Eric Holder.
After Jackson Lee repeated her question to Whitaker, she quickly looked around and...
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