Republicans literally try to drown out judiciary hearing on AG Barr by pounding the dais

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House Republicans, proving themselves worthy of permanent minority status, had no way to defend against the corrupt actions of Attorney General William Barr during Wednesday’s Judiciary Committee hearing other than to loudly jingle their keys in hopes of distracting the American people.

Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, living up to his IQ, literally started banging on the dais as former George H.W. Bush deputy attorney general Donald Ayer relayed that Barr’s politicization of the Justice Department represents a clear and present danger to the country.

“I am here because I believe that William Barr poses the greatest threat in my lifetime to our rule of law and to public trust in it,” Ayer said somberly. “That is because he does not believe in its core principle that no person is above the law. Instead, since taking office, he has worked to advance his lifelong conviction that the president should hold virtually autocratic powers.”

But as Ayer tried to finish his opening statement, Gohmert began rhythmically rapping the dais, making it almost impossible to hear Ayer, let alone for anyone in the hearing to think. Ayer raised his voice, attempting to talk over the racket.  When Judiciary chair Jerry Nadler told Gohmert to stop, Gohmert responded: “There’s no rules about when you can make noise.”

Imagine: You’re a former Justice Department official who served under two Republican and one Democratic presidents. You go to the Hill to provide witness testimony and a GOP member, who apparently never graduated from the sandbox, just drowns out your testimony with an epic lack of impulse control befitting a toddler.

The other testimony Republicans were desperate to discredit came from career federal prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky, who withdrew from Roger Stone’s case rather than endorsing a lighter sentence for Stone. Zelinsky said he and the other Justice Department line attorneys on the case were told they could be “fired” if they didn’t acquiesce to the pressure coming from the “highest levels” of the department. Barr has now openly admitted that he himself decided the department’s sentencing recommendation for Stone was too high and directed the acting U.S. attorney to withdraw the recommendation and leave it up to the judge.

Republicans had tried to block Zelinsky from testifying entirely, claiming he shouldn’t be able to do so from a remote location. Gohmert mentioned it several times, but Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana really bludgeoned the point, forcing Zelinsky to give a reason. Under pressure, Zelinsky said he wasn’t fond of speaking about his personal life but offered that he had a newborn child at home and had discussed the risk of the hearing with a physician. They clearly concluded that since newborns have no actual immune system, potential exposure to a deadly global pandemic might not be wise.

Still, Johnson returned to the theme repeatedly, disparaging Zelinsky as someone who “phones it in,” because Johnson clearly had no better point to make. After Johnson had thoroughly badgered Zelinsky on the matter, Nadler finally stepped in to note the witness was fully “complying with the rules of the House.”

If House Republicans wonder why the American people went to the polls in 2018 in record numbers to deliver them the worst drubbing in over half a century, this is why. Incapable of adding anything worthwhile to the national conversation on democracy and preserving the sanctity of the rule of law, they resort to asinine tactics unworthy of a grade school classroom, let alone the U.S. Capitol.

Here’s some color.

Donald Ayer testifies and GOP Rep. Gohmert loses it.

Zelinsky says superiors threatened to fire him and his colleagues over the Stone case.

Below, GOP Rep. Johnson disparages Zelinsky for trying to keep his newborn child safe.

Another Republican berates Zelinsky for appearing remotely, which they apparently think is both relevant and a federal crime.

Seriously, how desperate are Republicans if this is the best they got?

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9 Comments on "Republicans literally try to drown out judiciary hearing on AG Barr by pounding the dais"

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Robert Burnett
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Robert Burnett
Is this country as crazy as it appears to the world. You have a POS like Gohmert can make noise to drown out testimony and we sit on our ass’s and allow it. You warn him once , then you have him removed. God’s not going to help this sick country, because we can’t even help our selves. How long is this craziness going to continue. If the GOP can’t follow the rules, then they no longer have any say. Our forefathers never intended this kind of mess to happen. Then people sit back and wonder why people protest.
William J Stefens
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William J Stefens
Three Democrats, especially, Schumer, need to grow a spine and push back assertively against those Republican bullies. They need a head smack to wake them up to the fact that they can push back while remaining civil be and respectful at the same time. I am so sick and tired of wussies like Schumer playing nice and polite with these Republican who acting like two years olds having a temper tantrum because they are not having it their way. We Have to vote these wussies and baby bullies out of office and elect some real grown ups with character, integrity… Read more »
fishouttaH2o
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fishouttaH2o

Congressman Gohmert Idiot, Tx. never has a useful contribution to any committee hearing aside from blathering nonsense. Too bad Senator Schumer has no control over the Congress. They don’t seem to respect ranking member Nadler either as I’ve seen him have to admonish Republicans repeatedly during hearings as they object & complain about procedure since they’ve got nothing else unless you count all the conspiracy theories that have been debunked. Nov. 3rd. can’t get here fast enough.

John Howard
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John Howard

Hear, hear! Well said, it’s long overdue for the Democrats to get tough. If they don’t they could possibly lose the election in November, which, at this time is virtually unloseable! Americans are looking for action; not polite:’please don’t do that’. If Republicans disrupt hearings or meetings you warn them that if they do it again they are out. Second time, you call security and kick them out. No if’s, no but’s. Just OUT!

SimonDK
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SimonDK

66 year old “Lawmaker” Louie Gohmert saw no better way to air his grievances than act like some schoolkid listening to a show and tell piece he didn’t like.

Is there something in the water and food or what!? Some water treatment chemicals that get deposited in trace amounts in the fatty tissue and is released in larger amounts whenever the individual in question drops a few pounds!?

David Bishop
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David Bishop

Oh to have the opportunity to meet some of these losers – pie in the face time.

J. M.
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J. M.

The cult members are just as Vile, Filthy, Corrupt, and Rude as their sick leader.

Debra
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Debra

Bunch of idiot bastards. They will continue to act like asses until their ass is held to the fire. The Democrats really need to stop sitting on their hands and do something now.

Independent
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Independent
I would like to hear Nadler say stop or you will be removed and if they don’t stop have the Marshals remove them. It may not be legal but neither is what they are doing. They are f€£¥^§£ like a gang. donnie is their hero and they feel they can do anything. Time for all this nonsense to stop. Impeach barr and since donnie didn’t get the message that susie collins said he got, impeach the corrupt traitor again. They can totally destroy the government/country in the remaining time. Delaying hoping to beat them in November is very dangerous. donnie… Read more »