Yesterday was a very bad day for the Democrats. The testimony of Attorney General Barr in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee didn’t provide the results the Democrats were hoping for. Instead of providing evidence of President Trump committing obstruction of justice, the mean-spirited Democrats reminded American voter of that ugly time when they attempted to publicly flog Justice Bret Kavanaugh over an unsubstantiated and unproven 30+-year-old sexual misconduct charge.
Immediately following the disappointing results of the Senate’s AG Barr witch hunt, House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler used his position as chair to publicly threaten AG Barr if he refused to appear before their committee, saying they would hold him in contempt.
Nadler, the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, said during a radio interview yesterday that if “someone is in contempt of Congress, you send the Sergeant at Arms and you arrest them” or “you fine him $20,000 a day.” The New York Democrat has issued subpoenas for administration officials and is seeking documents related to Trump’s financial records and the Mueller report – but the president is refusing to play along.
As promised, AG Barr did not show up for today’s scheduled hearing with the House Judiciary Committee. Chairman Nadler (D-NY) used the opportunity to impugn U.S. Attorney General William Barr.
During the House Judiciary Committee hearing (without AG Barr) Nadler told the committee, “Ordinarily at this point, I would introduce the witness. But, instead, we will conclude these proceedings.” Nadler continued, “I just wanna say, we didn’t choose for Mr. Barr to not come. He chose. We cannot permit him or anybody in the administration to dictate the manner in which we function. This does not include our inquiry into the attorney general’s handling of the report.”
Rep Gaetz called out: “Point of parliamentary inquiry.”
Chairman Nadler ignored Rep Gaetz’s objection: “This does not include, nor does it include.”
Rep Gaetz: “I seek recognition for point of parliamentary.”
Nadler interrupted Gaetz, as he continued, “We will not hear from the Attorney General today, but this committee intends to obtain the information that it needs to conduct its constitutional oversight and legislative responsibilities.”
“We will defend the rights of the American people to know what’s going on.” [Attempt to smear President Trump with no facts]
“We will make sure that no president becomes a monarch.”
A heated Rep. Matt Gaetz responded: “Mr. Chairman, Is this gonna be Mr. Chairman that there’s not gonna be a recognition of members who seek legitimate inquiry as to the procedures…”[mic cut].
.@RepJerryNadler: "We will defend the prerogatives of congress. We'll defend the rights of the American people to know what's going on"@mattgaetz: "There is not going to be a recognition of members who seek legitimate inquiry as to the procedures?!"
His mic is then cut off. pic.twitter.com/k4qqXva1iC
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 2, 2019
Things got heated when it was time for a clearly frustrated Rep Doug Collins (R-GA), the House Judiciary Committee’s Ranking Member to speak.
Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) blasted Chairman Nadler (D-NY) for taking the ability of the House to question Attorney General Bill Barr away, by demanding that staff members could ask questions, “because the 5-minute time period was not enough.” Collins reminded everyone that they approved a motion for an extra hour yesterday, and that still was not enough. Rep. Collins blasted their efforts, saying, “If staff members want to ask questions of AG Barr, they should run for Congress.” Collins exposed Nadler, and the Democrat lawmakers scheme, saying the only reason they wanted staffers to question AG Barr was to make it look like “impeachment hearings,” calling Nadler’s efforts a “circus political stunt.”
Collins blasted Democrats saying, that the only reason he is not there, is because of Nadler’s stunt, where he wanted staff members of Congress to ask questions of AG Bill Barr.
Rep. Collins blasted Chairman Nadler for “what happened yesterday on this dias was a tragedy.” Collins continued”When you do not recognize members for valid motions. When you call things dilatory, questioning the motives of what members are doing it for.”
I have sat on this committee for six years, and I have sat through hours of motions to strike the last word, of giving other members on the minority side more time…more time. One of my biggest concerns I ever had with Chairman Goodlatte is, ‘Why do you let it continue? Just call the previous question!’ And on two occasions the last Congress, he did—after almost six to seven hours of debate.
The question I have here, is not what Bill Barr is scared of, it’s what are the Democrats are scared of? They don’t want Bill Barr here today. They’ve had the report. They’be read it. They don’t like what’s in it. The Chairman won’t even go look at what the Attorney General offered him. It’s pretty amazing to me that he wants to go in executive session with it, but he won’t even go read it.”
Rep. Collins went back to what happened yesterday when Nadler refused to allow Republicans to voice their objections. Collins directly confronted Chairman Nadler, saying disallowing the minority to speak will not continue.
Over the 206-year history of this committee, staff have never questioned witnesses in an oversight hearing. Never. Not once. So, to say Chairman Nadler’s demands are unprecedented would be an understatement. pic.twitter.com/eMW1BXZHDi
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) May 2, 2019
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-CA) began to recognize Rep. Matt Gaetz, saying, “The gentleman from Florida will be heard for the purpose of an amendment.” A Democrat member of the committee immediately stopped Chairman Nadler, telling him they’ve already tabled the motion. Another Democrat member of the committee, loaded with radical Democrats, can be heard shouting, “Let’s move on!” Chairman Nadler suddenly switched gears, disallowing him from speaking on the motion, calling for the report of the vote from the clerk without debate.
A Republican lawmaker can be heard demanding that he gets the opportunity to speak: “Mr. Chairman, Mr. Chairman, Mr. Chairman, Mr. Chairman, Mr. Chairman, Mr. Chairman… I seek recognition. You won’t allow members of this committee who wanna speak on this motion?”
“If you’re not allowing Republicans to debate this motion…”
Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) blasted Chairman Nadler, saying: “You’re running a kangaroo court here, we ought to be going by the rules and giving people a chance to debate. No wonder the AG doesn’t want to come here and testify when you’re running things without regard for debate. It’s totally unfair.”
Chairman Nadler, demanded, “Gentlemen, we’re in the middle of a vote. The clerk will report the vote.”
Again, calls can be heard from the minority Republican party legislators, “Mr. Chairman…”
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler continued with his efforts to silence the opposition, “The clerk will call a vote.”
Watch, as Chairman Nadler turns the committee vote into a three-ring-circus, refusing to allow the minority party to vote.
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Funniest and most absurd thing you'll see today. Thanks Jerry Nadler for the comedy! pic.twitter.com/KFt4VPlmDm
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) May 1, 2019
CNN’s Senior Congressional Correspondent Manu Raju reported from the chambers that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) tried to call out that he wanted to debate the topic before voting but promptly had his mic cut off.
Nadler adjourns hearing, GOP furious. Matt Gaetz tries to talk but his mic gets cut off
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 2, 2019
The “Woke Poet” equated Nadler turning off Rep. Matt Gaetz’s mic to shoving a woman out of your way by using your hand to push her face back.
That about sums it up…