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Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will tell the House Judiciary Committee on Friday that he will not answer questions about his conversations with President Donald Trump, citing the possibility that the president would invoke executive privilege to shield the contents of those discussions. “I want to assure you that I will seek to answer the Committee’s questions today, as best as I can, but I also must make clear that I will continue the longstanding Executive Branch policy and practice of not disclosing information that may be subject to executive privilege, such as the contents of deliberations or conversations with the President,” Whitaker will say, according to his prepared remarks. Last month, Democrats sent Whitaker a list of questions mostly pertaining to his conversations with Trump about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) gave Whitaker until Wednesday to inform the panel whether Trump planned to invoke executive privilege. In his opening statement, Nadler highlighted Whitaker’s past statements that were critical of the Mueller probe, including his suggestion that the investigation be de-funded. Whitaker declined to recuse himself from overseeing the special counsel investigation, a decision Democrats have said they plan to examine. “When career officials at the Department recommended that you take steps to mitigate your apparent conflicts of interest, Mr. Whitaker—when they told you that your public criticism of the special counsel was bad for the Department and bad for the administration of justice—you ignored them,” Nadler told Whitaker. In his prepared statement, Whitaker explained that there “has been no change in the overall management of the special counsel investigation.” “I have and will continue to manage this investigation in a manner that is consistent with the governing regulations,” he added. Senior DOJ officials say that while Whitaker is technically the supervising leader of Mueller, both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Ed O’Callaghan, the principle associate deputy attorney general, have kept their same roles overseeing the Russia investigation that they had when former Attorney General Jeff Sessions led the Justice Department but had been recused from the probe because of his work with the Trump 2016 campaign. Rosenstein plans to leave the Justice Department in about four to six weeks after William Barr’s Senate confirmation, per the attorney general’s request, according to a senior DOJ official with knowledge of Rosenstein’s plans. On the Mueller probe, the special counsel appears to have been full steam ahead since the November change in DOJ leadership. He’s obtained a grand jury indictment against longtime Trump associate Roger Stone and pursued former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort for violating the terms of his guilty plea by lying to prosecutors. On Thursday, the committee authorized Nadler to issue a subpoena if Whitaker either did not show up for the hearing or declined to answer certain questions. Whitaker said he would not appear Friday morning unless Nadler dropped his subpoena threat. Thursday night, Nadler said he would not issue the subpoena. Article originally published on POLITICO Magazine