Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, left, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, attend an announcement about an indictment on violations including bank and wire fraud, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, of Chinese telecommunications companies incl
Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, left, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, attend an announcement about an indictment on violations including bank and wire fraud, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, of Chinese telecommunications companies incl

WASHINGTON - The head of the House Judiciary Committee says he will hold a vote Thursday to approve a subpoena for Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker just in case he doesn't show up for scheduled testimony a day later.
 
Rep. Jerrold  Nadler, D-N.Y., says he is holding the vote "in an abundance of caution" to ensure that Whitaker appears and "answers our questions cleanly."

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker,  Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, from left, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and FBI Director Christopher Wray hold a news conference to announce indictments against China's Huawei Technologies Co
US Brings Sweeping Charges China's Huawei Technologies
Federal prosecutors on Monday announced criminal charges against China's Huawei Technologies, its chief financial officer and several affiliates for alleged financial fraud and theft of U.S. intellectual property.In a 13-count indictment unsealed in federal court in New York, prosecutors charged the Chinese telecom giant, its top financial officer, Meng Wanzhou , and two affiliates with doing business with Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions.Huawei said it was “disappointed” to learn of the charges in…

Whitaker is scheduled to testify before the panel Friday even as the Senate is close to confirming President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, William Barr. Democrats have said they want to talk to Whitaker because he is a close ally of Trump who has criticized special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. Whitaker is currently overseeing that probe.

The Justice Department has said Whitaker agreed to appear voluntarily.

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 1991, photo, President George H.W Bush, right, and William Barr wave after Barr was sworn in as the new attorney general of the United States in Washington. President Donald Trump said Friday he would nominate Barr to serve in
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By tapping former Attorney General William Barr to head the Justice Department again, U.S. President Donald Trump has picked a highly experienced Republican lawyer who is not known as a partisan in the same vein as ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions.Barr, 68, served as first deputy attorney general and then as attorney general from 1989 to 1993 under the late President George H.W. Bush.