The president went after congressional Democrats on Saturday after a tense House hearing with the acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker.
The AG appeared in front of the Judiciary Committee for nearly six hours on Friday. Whitaker was grilled by Democrats about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. He repeatedly refused to discuss his conversations with Trump, causing the Democrats to be furious.
“The Democrats in Congress yesterday were vicious and totally showed their cards for everyone to see. When the Republicans had the Majority they never acted with such hatred and scorn!” Trump tweeted Saturday morning.
Whitaker went toe to toe with a number of lawmakers while he was giving his testimony before the Judiciary panel. The Democrats blasted him with questions and fumed at his responses when he was asked about Mueller, the White House administration’s separation of migrant families at the border and various other topics.
At one point, Whitaker shocked committee members and spectators after he told Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) that his time for questioning had run out.
“Mr. Chairman, I see that your five minutes is up,” Whitaker said, drawing gasps from the panel and a packed crowd.
“I am here voluntarily. We have agreed to five-minute rounds,” he added.
“The committee will come to order. I will point out we didn’t enforce the five-minute rule on acting Attorney General Whitaker,” Nadler responded.
Whitaker also faced a round of focused questions regarding his role in the special counsel’s probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow in 2016. The AG said he had not interfered.
Democratic Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.) and Pramila Jayapal (Wash.) caused some surprise with their critical lines of questioning.
Jeffries asked Whitaker, “How the heck did you become the head of the Department of Justice?” while Jayapal became emotional when discussing the administration’s family separation policy at the southern border.
“Our country is still reeling from the horror of family separations that occurred at the border,” Jayapal said at the opening of her line of questioning.
“The truth is, we may not know how many children were separated from their parents.”
Trump indicated on Saturday that Democrats were critical of Whitaker as part of their effort to win the presidential election next year.
“The Dems are trying to win an election in 2020 that they know they cannot legitimately win!” he tweeted.