A Justice Department official turned whistleblower appeared caught off-guard Wednesday when Republican Rep. Doug Collins pressed him in a House Judiciary Committee hearing about his efforts in 2019 to work for House Democrats during the Trump impeachment saga. John Elias, a chief of staff to the Justice Department’s assistant attorney general in the antitrust division, reluctantly conceded at the hearing that he sought a position on the Democratic side of the House Judiciary Committee.Elias was one of three witnesses who accused Attorney General William Barr of abuse of his authority at the Judiciary hearing. Elias alleged that Barr improperly ordered investigations into mergers of 10 small cannabis companies. He testified that he submitted a complaint to the Justice Department’s inspector general. During his round of questioning, Collins sought to portray Elias as having political motivations in blowing the whistle on Barr. (RELATED: Top Mueller Prosecutor To Testify As Whistleblower In Roger Stone Case) The Georgia Republican began his line of questioning by asking Elias if he considers himself to be nonpartisan.“When I go into the Justice Department every day as a career employee, I leave my politics at home,” Elias said. “Did you ever attempt to get detailed to this committee’s… Read full this story
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