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Whitaker to Rep. Swalwell: ‘I’m Not a Puppet to Repeat What You’re Saying’

‘I have answered your question as to what I believe about the special counsel, I stand by my prior statement’
By Grabien Staff

EXCERPT:

SWALWELL: "The president has called him conflicted and you oversee the investigation, do you believe that Mr. Mueller’s conflicted?"
WHITAKER: "Congressman as acting attorney general, I have followed regular order at the Department of Justice and I have expected that the lawyers and agents that work for me follow regular order and as I sit here today, I don’t have any reason to believe that."
WHITAKER: "So you don’t — you believe he’s honest, you don’t believe he’s conflicted. Can you say right now, Mr. President, Bob Mueller is honest and not conflicted?"
WHITAKER: "Congressman, I’m not a puppet to repeat what you’re saying."
SWALWELL: "Are you able to say it or do you not believe it?"
WHITAKER: "I have answered your question as to what I believe about the special counsel, I stand by my prior statement."
SWALWELL: "Can you say it to the president, though?"
WHITAKER: "Congressman, I am not here to be puppet and repeat terms and words that you say that I should say."

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