- The Washington Times - Friday, February 8, 2019

Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker on Friday rebuffed a Democratic lawmaker’s efforts to get him to publicly tell President Trump that special counsel Robert Mueller is honest and not conflicted.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, California Democrat, pressed Mr. Whitaker on his views about Mr. Mueller. The acting attorney general said he thought Mr. Mueller was both honest and not conflicted.

Mr. Swalwell then asked Mr. Whitaker to use the hearing to express that view to Mr. Trump.

“I am not your puppet, to repeat what you are saying,” Mr. Whitaker responded.

Mr. Swalwell didn’t backdown, demanding Mr. Whitaker say that, speaking directly to the president through the hearing.

“I am not here to be a puppet to repeat terms and words that you say,” Mr. Whitaker shot back.

• Jeff Mordock can be reached at jmordock@washingtontimes.com.

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