Donald Trump Blasts House Democrats For Questioning Of Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker
President Donald Trump on Saturday broke his brief silence to lambaste Democrats after yesterday’s Senate Judiciary Committee for their “vicious” questioning of Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker.
Friday’s frustrating six-hour hearing between the Senate Judiciary Committee and Whitaker saw the acting attorney general grilled on everything from the Special Counsel’s investigation, to sanctuary cities, and boarder security, with very little questions yielding a receptive answer.
This is going to be a long morning. Also, HOW did Matt Whitaker get through law school or pass a bar examination??? pic.twitter.com/M3DQVlwWZd
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) February 8, 2019
Democratic lawmakers seemed particularly focused however on why Whitaker, despite recommendation’s by ethics officials, would decide not to recuse himself from the Mueller investigation looking into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian meddling during the 2016 election. Questioners were particularly interested in hearing how exactly Whitaker managed to bag the role of acting attorney general and why the president would decide to do this despite other more suitable candidates.
“Mr. Whitaker, you don’t run this committee! You don’t run the Congress of the United States, and you don’t run the Judiciary Committee.”
— ABC News (@ABC) February 9, 2019
In a Tweet early this morning Trump accused Democratic lawmakers of “acting with hatred and scorn” in an effort to “win an election in 2020.”
The Democrats in Congress yesterday were vicious and totally showed their cards for everyone to see. When the Republicans had the Majority they never acted with such hatred and scorn! The Dems are trying to win an election in 2020 that they know they cannot legitimately win!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2019
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) echoed this idea during the government shutdown, accusing Democrats of engaging in a “partisan tantrum” for not granting the president his $5.7 billion for an archaic and unpopular boarder wall with Mexico.
Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), told the acting attorney general that he was just a pawn in a Democratic circus.
“I’m thinking about maybe we should just set up a popcorn machine in the back, because that’s what this is becoming. It’s becoming a show,” Collins told Whitaker.
Democrats understand that they walk a fine-line between oversight and being mistaken as sadists, in the face of the numerous investigation’s into the president.
Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.) who sits on the House Judiciary Committee put it like this, “you can’t go all the way over here and ignore your responsibilities of oversight. And you can’t go all the way over [there] that you become political and you’re going after the President because he’s from a different party.”
“We have to do the right thing,” said Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) who also site on the committee. “We are called to do the right thing, we have been selected, we have been chosen.”
Whitaker is expected to appear again for questioning in front of the committee for his combative responses to lawmakers in a spectacle that looked increasingly like it was meant for Trump, who frequently tunes into these hearings.
Matt Whitaker is astonishingly disrespectful. He’s also way out of his league. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee just put him in his place.
“Mr. Attorney General, we are not joking here and your humor is not acceptable.” pic.twitter.com/VbI5rxgfTn
— Public Citizen (@Public_Citizen) February 8, 2019