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Thoughts on House hearing theater

Posted 7/30/20

Attorney General William Barr, the only witness at Tuesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing, observed, “This is a hearing? And I thought I was the one that was supposed to be heard.” …

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Thoughts on House hearing theater

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Attorney General William Barr, the only witness at Tuesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing, observed, “This is a hearing? And I thought I was the one that was supposed to be heard.”

Republican ranking member Jim Jordan complained to Democrat Chairman Gerald Nadler about rude members of his party hurling insults and innuendo at Barr. “I want the Attorney General to be able to have enough time to respond to accusations and questions asked to him, and you guys not cut him off.”

Nadler brushed off Jordan and all America saying, “What you want is irrelevant. It’s irrelevant to the rules.”

Most of what Barr did get to say came as Republicans gave up part of their five minutes of question time so Barr could respond to previous Democrat allegations. Barr addressed every challenge.

He said violent instigators had hijacked peaceful demonstrations, and violent rioters and anarchists equipped for a fight cannot reasonably be called a protest.

Addressing unsubstantiated claims of pursuit of Trump’s enemies, he asked, ”What of the President’s enemies have I indicted?” On accusations he helped the President’s friends, Barr reminded Democrats that, under the rule of law, while the President’s friends don’t deserve special breaks, they don’t deserve to be treated harshly.

Rep. Doug Collins asked the chairman, why all the drama? Collins then told Barr, “the biggest problem you have is telling the truth.”

That’s the point. Democrats pursued Barr as if they were the ones afraid of getting found out.

Collins asked Barr, “Would this body rise up if the capitol was attacked?” Barr answered, “This body? I’m not sure.”

Under Barr, and to the apparent chagrin of House Democrats, the provoked federal marshals didn’t take demonstrators’ bait and resort to excessive force.

In the end, Barr, challenged House Democrats to face up to their political charade. Barr asked Democrats on the panel why they had not condemned mob violence. “Violence against Federal courts has to stop. Can we hear something like that?” No Democrat responded.

At the hearing, House Democrats repeatedly misrepresented circumstances, misused statistics, and played to emotions. The leadership of their party that represents half of the country undermined the rule of law and, the concept of justice, hurting any candidate that might help them keep control of the House.

The misguided stunts of Democratic leaders damaged the chances of Democrats all across the country running for Congress in November.

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