Whitaker: I have not interfered in Russia probe, discussed it with President Trump

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UPDATED 9:48 AM PT — Friday, February 8, 2019

Acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker arrived on Capitol Hill Friday to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, answering questions about his oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

In his opening statement, Whitaker said he has done everything in his power to maintain order at the Department of Justice since becoming acting attorney general.

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker arrives to appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 in Washington.  Democrats are eager to press him on his interactions with President Donald Trump and his oversight of the special counsel’s Russia investigation. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

He added, the department continues to make its law enforcement decisions without any outside interference.

“At no time has the White House asked for, nor have I provided, any promises or commitments concerning the Special Counsel’s investigation or any other investigation,” Whitaker stated. “Since becoming Acting Attorney General, I have run the Department of Justice with fidelity to the law and to the Constitution.”

Under questioning from Democrat Chairman Jerry Nadler, Whitaker confirmed he hasn’t interfered with the special counsel’s investigation. He also confirmed he hasn’t discussed it with President Trump or any other White House officials.

Meanwhile, President Trump took to Twitter to slam the mainstream media over its reporting of the Russia probe.

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