Tuesday’s House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing with Attorney General William Barr was really something to behold. Almost every Democrat played from the same playbook, starting with Chairman Jerry Nadler, who told Barr he should be ashamed of himself. One after the other, they heaped scorn on the attorney general in a build up to some question that they refused to allow Barr to answer.
Here is a good mashup if you missed out on the fun for yourself.
There is a serious giveaway in this tactic. When a member of Congress thinks he or she has a witness dead to rights for having made mistakes, or made false statements, the lawmaker tries to compel the witness to answer hard questions, not refuse to allow it. The problem Monday was that Barr clearly had very good answers for every question he was asked. There was no gotcha because he did nothing wrong and could explain that.
One of the best examples was the questioning from Rep. Pramila Jayapal. She engaged in a long rant about how when Trump supporters showed up at the Michigan capital with guns and Confederate flags Barr did not react, but in Portland and Washington D.C. he did react. She drew the conclusion that this was bias. When Barr tried to explain the situation, she simply talked over him. Why? If this was such a gotcha question, why not let Barr squirm?
The reason of course is that when Barr began his answer it was obviously going to make complete sense, diffuse the angry rhetoric from Jayapal, and destroy her sound bite, which is all she wanted in the first place. He began to explain that the White House and the federal courthouse in Portland are under his jurisdiction, whereas the Michigan state house is not, and the Michigan authorities are capable of handling that issue, which they did with no violence or property damage. She did not let him get a word in.
This was flat-out not a question. In fact, there were almost no questions from Democrats and nearly every time there was they refused to let the witness answer. At one point Barr said, “This is a hearing. I thought I was the one who was supposed to be heard.” It was the only wrong thing he said all day. This was never about Barr being heard. This was about speechifying and silencing the attorney general whenever he sought to explain why the Democrats have this all so wrong.
As bad as the Democrats’ behavior was, and it made toddlers on timeout look like C.S. Lewis, the real culprit here is the media. These pontificating blowhards know that MSNBC and CNN will present their bloviating as speaking truth to power. And power is really what this is all about. This had nothing to do with finding out what is happening across America and why the Department of Justice is undertaking the actions it is, but purely about political theater.
If you need further evidence of this, note that there was not one successful line of questioning that left Barr with no good answers. Had such a moment occurred, not only would it have been newsworthy, it would have been plastered on every screen in the country. That would have been gold. But the Democrats knew there was no gold to be mined here, so instead they threw yellow paint on a pile of something else and the media ate it up with relish.
The Ecuadorian-born Florida Congresswoman asked the only question the Democrats wanted an answer to:
But Dems didn’t get the answer they wanted, at all!
They’ve planned all along to use the Durham investigation as a reelection tool. When they release a report and how much they actually do release depends entirely on its political usefulness.
They may try the same b.s. they did with the Mueller report, releasing any information they can spin in their favor ahead of the election, and delaying all contradictory details until afterward.
Oswald Cobblepot Nadler set the tone when he told the boldface lie that all the Portland rioters were moms and veterans. He proved he’s not simply ignorant of the left wing terror ongoing there but actively supporting and trying to obscure the violence being perpetrated against the US government. It went downhill from there.
When Schiff held his “hearings”, he trampled the Constitution and due process. Nadler showed he has as little regard for truth, justice and the Constitution as Schiff and that Democrats are unworthy of political power or leadership. It is vitally necessary that they lose the House and cannot seize the Senate and White House. The freedom of us all depends on it.
Barr must really have them worried.
comrade greggy-poo, for the record what is bill dumlasio’s real name? you know the bootlicking,sycophancy communist mayor of nyc??
His real name is Bill de Blasio. Apparently you’re confused by the fact that his birth name was Warren Wilhelm Jr. He legally changed it to adopt the family name of his mother, whose birth name was Maria Angela de Blasio. This isn’t a secret. It’s common knowledge. He has talked about it publicly on more than one occasion.
You should watch The United States of Conspiracy. Maybe you’d realize the extent to which Trump’s election was facilitated by conspiracy theory and total nonsense.
They have become the “soundbyte” and “taken out of context” party because they have no context that makes any sense.
Barr: Very calm, very level.
He won the election, which is…true.
Stop making excuses, you little bitch.
@Greg: No one cares about the bashing of Alex, better than frontline have been doing it.
Now do you want to address the thread? The circus sideshow of democrat freaks Barr had to sit for?
Step right up folks see the elected members born without a modicum of decency, hurry, hurry, hurry. The Fatman that sleeps while contaminating his mask, The half wit that thinks an island can tip over, everyone of them the most poorly informed self absorbed assholes you will ever see.
A clear violation of Freedom of Speech by the Dirty Democrats Someone arrested he Democrats