“I Thought I Was Supposed To Be Heard”: Full Highlights From Barr ‘Hearing’
Today’s ‘testimony’ by Attorney General William Barr in front of the Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee was, as the Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross puts it, an unmitigated shit show.
The session consisted of Democratic lawmakers shouting hyperbolic questions at the Attorney General, then cutting him off when he would begin to respond.
“This is a hearing, I thought I was the one who was supposed to be heard,” Barr said at one point.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) slammed Democrats on the Committee, saying “I don’t think we’ve ever had a hearing where the witness wasn’t allowed to respond to points made, questions asked, and attacks — attacks made. Not just in this hearing, not just in this committee, but in every committee I’ve been on,” adding “Particularly when you think about the fact that we have the attorney general of the United States here.”
“I want the attorney general to be able to have enough time to respond to accusations and questions asked him, and you guys not cut him off,” Jordan added.
While Barr kept his cool throughout most of the theatrics, at one point he said “I’m going to answer the damn question” during a particularly heated exchange with Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO).
Then, during a round of ‘questioning’ by Rep. Madeline Dean (D-PA), Barr asked her to explain a DOJ policy on the use of less-than lethal weapons, which she couldn’t do – to which Barr bursts out laughing.
Barr was then cut off as he explained his sympathy for cancer survivors.
Things became particularly contentious in an exchange with Rep. Pramila Jaypal, who began to ‘lose her temper’ at Barr.
Rep. Eric ‘Nukem’ Swalwell wouldn’t let Barr finish either:
Rep. David Cicilline is just an asshole:
Even Slate had to admit the Democrats blew it:
Throughout the day, when Democratic representatives questioned Barr about specific allegations of abuse of power, they either quickly stepped over their own lines of questioning or interrupted Barr. This tactic may have been effective in preventing Barr from filibustering, but it did nothing to get any answers whatsoever from him. –Slate
Perhaps Barr wasn’t allowed a word in edgewise because of tidbits such as this:
Towards the end, Barr asks Nadler for a five-minute break, which Nadler denied. After eventually relenting, Barr called him a ‘real class act.’
Class act indeed.