Listen: Matthew Whitaker, Bill Rakoff, Robert Muller discussed on Michael Wallace and Steve Scott
"And radio dot com. Stay informed. Stay connected. Depend on WCBS Wallace. I'm Steve stocks with three things to know at five forty five one. The Washington Post reports Amazon's having second thoughts about building a headquarters in Long Island city because so many local politicians have criticised the deal. But the New York Times says Amazon has no plans tobacco. Number two. The MTA has found two possible culprits for the bad smell that has made some people on the L train. Sick could be a diesel tank from an old abandoned gas station nearby or remnants from a big fuel spill in green point back in two thousand ten and three tensions were high today is acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker, testified before the House Judiciary committee. CBS news. Correspondent Bill Rakoff joins us from Capitol Hill. Bill the sharing was a real soap opera today. Yeah. I would say so and we all kind of expected this coming in Whitaker has tried to claim executive privilege on conversations between he and the. President Democrats having none of that. They've been trying to push back on him. It's led to a couple of extremely contentious moments. No real answers here today. Democrats wanted to get him in front of the panel before he leaves office William bar expected to be voted on next week, and and sworn in and they wanted to know about his refusal to recuse himself on the Muller probe. They wanted to know if he had conversations with the president about the Muller probe, and they were really digging in on his previous criticisms of the special counsel probe before he took office. Yeah. Whitaker kind of on the offensive here a little bit. Tell us about his little exchange with the chairman of the House Judiciary committee Jerrold Nadler earlier. And I think he was trying to maybe make a joke will be generous with that. But at one point he noted that the chairman's time had run out at five minutes, which drew audible gasps from everybody in the room and Nadler's essential. Told him. I'm the guy who's running the clock here. So I'll answer the questions, but it was a sign that this hearing was going to be contentious that happened early on. And so far has lived up to its billing has the committee gotten anything substantive out of Whitaker. Mostly just been this cat and mouse game. No, it's they've been nitpicking at certain areas. Republicans have been outraged by this. In fact, a ranking member Doug Collins of Georgia's repeatedly made points of order saying that the Democrats questions are outside the scope of the hearing he's been repeatedly overruled by the Democrats there. Also, you know, they have gotten a little things here. They've gotten him to say that, you know, show say that he has confidence in Robert Muller, but in a back and forth with Eric swale, well of California, he refused to say whether he told the president he had confidence in Robert Muller. So a lot of nitpicky things that have gone on here today. The Democrats say they're getting information. They need Republicans say it's a dog and pony show. CBS's Bill Rakoff on Capitol Hill. Great to talk to you Bill. Thanks. Thank you, Michael five, forty eight a WCBS, check,."