House panel votes to authorize subpoena for Acting AG Whitaker re Mueller probe

By Sarah N. Lynch

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines on Thursday to authorize a subpoena to have ready in case Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker fails to show up to a hearing on Friday or declines to answer certain questions.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said that he hopes he won’t need to issue the subpoena, which was authorized in a vote of 23-13, but that he fears Whitaker could dodge questions about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe or his communications with the White House when he testifies before the panel on Friday.

(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch)