Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) clashed in a heated shouting match on Friday over allegations he scammed veterans and a mysterious million dollar payoff he received from a conservative non-profit which refuses to reveal its donors, reports CBS News.
Rep. Raskin attempted to ask Whitaker who paid him the more than $1.2 million in his nearly two years heading the right-leaning nonprofit group Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, which doesn’t disclose its donors according to the nonprofit’s tax filings.
Whitaker tried to interrupt, which initiated a yelling match.
“Mr. Whitaker, you don’t run this committee,” said Raskin. Nadler confirmed that the congressman “controls the time.”
Raskin pressed Whitaker, asking, “See if you can get into this. Tell us where the money came from, that you were paid? The $1.2 million.”
“It was reported publically that it was one donor,” Raskin continued. “As we understand it, you were the sole employee of the group. So there was one donor and one employee. Do you know who the donor was to the group who funded your salary for $1.2 million?”
“Yes, I do,” Whitaker tersely replied.
“Who was the donor?” Raskin pressed.
“The donor was another non-profit organization called the Donor’s Trust,” he replied.
“That was the pass-through vehicle, ” Raskin fired back, before hinting that he believed the payment was funneled to Whitaker by billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson.
RASKIN: Tell us who was behind the $1.3 million that you were paid before you came to the DOJ
WHITAKER: I don’t know pic.twitter.com/yixUYx7uAt
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 8, 2019