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Friday, July 13, 2018
The Democrats Disgrace Themselves
Ed. Author John Hinderaker suggests that any intelligent Democrat would have been ashamed by the antics of Strzok and his fellow Dems at today's committee hearing. Well, there are a number of intelligent Democrats--save Sheila Jackson Lee. But although some Democrats are intelligent, ALL Democrats are shameless!
That is a prerequisite of liberalism!
article appeared in Powerline on July 12th
By John Hinderaker
As Paul noted
earlier, Peter Strzok testified today–sort of–before a joint session of the
House Oversight and Judiciary committees. The hearing crashed on takeoff and
Sheila Jackson Lee
After giving an
opening statement lauding his own patriotism, Strzok refused to answer
questions on the ground that an FBI lawyer had told him not to. What followed
was a farce–a farce deliberately created and sustained by the Democratic
members of the committee. They interrupted constantly with silly points of
order, heckled the committee chairman, and generally tried to disrupt the
proceedings. To understand how bad it was, just go here
and scan the transcript. My favorite moment was when Sheila Jackson Lee claimed
that Strzok was entitled to claim attorney-client privilege (which, of course,
he didn’t do).
JACKSON LEE: Mr. Chairman — Mr. Chairman, is it not appropriate to also
interject the attorney-client privilege, which cannot be overridden, and is a
rule of the House to the extent…
JACKSON LEE: …that the witness’ have the right…
GOODLATTE: …gentlewoman will suspend.
JACKSON LEE: …to an attorney client privilege in this House.
GOODLATTE: Mr. Strzok.
JACKSON LEE: And that is what this witness is asserting. Attorney
GOODLATTE: Mr. Strzok.
JACKSON LEE: … privilege, and he has been advised not to answer the
GOODLATTE: The gentlewoman will suspend.
The gentleman has not raised the attorney-client privilege. He has said
that he’s been instructed by the FBI not to answer the question. Now…
JACKSON LEE: By lawyers.
Obviously, the claim
that a lawyer told the witness to clam up does not give rise to an
attorney-client privilege entitling the witness to clam up. If it did, life
would be a lot simpler for lawyers whose clients have something to hide. But
Jackson Lee is so dim that she may not understand this.
When the Democrats
got their turns, they continued to make a mockery of the hearing. They talked
about “separated children,” student debt and Puerto Rico–yes, seriously–among
other things. When they weren’t talking about Puerto Rico et al., they praised
Strzok–who has been referred for disciplinary proceedings by the DOJ Inspector
General and recently was escorted out of the FBI building–lavishly. I think
they succeeded in their effort to turn the hearing into a pointless, chaotic
mess, and nothing, as far as I have seen, was learned.
Democrat would be embarrassed by his party’s antics today. Are there any such