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Snotty Matthew Whitaker Tells Judiciary Chairman 'Your Five Minutes Are Up'

The "acting" so-called Attorney General is dancing around contempt of Congress.

At Friday's Senate Judicary Committee hearing, Matthew Whitaker had two problems: one, he's under oath, and two, he's on television.

Rather than answer questions regarding whether he tipped off the subject of an investigation (who happens to be the so-called President of the United States), Whittaker decided to be "cute."

"Your five minutes are up," he said to the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Jerrold Nadler.

Contempt of Congress, anyone?

Whitaker: "Mr. Chairman, your five-minutes are up."
There have been witnesses hauled out of committee rooms in irons for being far less arrogant than that.

— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce)


Nadler asks Whitaker if he's been asked to approve any of Mueller's moves.
Whitaker: “Mr Chairman, I see that your five minutes is up I’m here voluntarily I agreed to five-minute rounds”

Gasps in the room

— Betsy Woodruff (@woodruffbets)

Imagine the outrage if Hillary Clinton had snapped "I think your five minutes are up" at Trey Gowdy during the Benghazi hearings.

— Max Burns (@themaxburns)

Whitaker's "5 minutes" bit follows the Kavanaugh-Graham model of performing for an audience of one. Fealty disguised as testimony.

— Oliver Griswold (@originalgriz)

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee took the words right outta my mouth:

“We’re not joking here, and your humor is not acceptable.”

WATCH: Rep. scolds Whitaker during House hearing

— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc)

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