The Republican Party’s control of the House of Representatives has been a chaotic nightmare from day one. It took them fifteen votes to select a Speaker. Then, nine months later they dumped him and took another three weeks to select his replacement. They have been a master class in disorganization, ultra-partisanship, and utter neglect of the people’s business.
In fact, the GOP has been so determined to avoid any substantive progress that they have engaged only in political stunts, attacks on President Biden and his administration, and petty assaults on other Democrats. They have initiated impeachment inquiries into Biden and several members of his Cabinet, despite having zero evidence of any wrongdoing. They have even admitted that their antics were intended to harm their political foes.
Among the pseudo-scandals that Republicans have been pursuing is the harassment of the President’s son, Hunter Biden. However, every attempt to pin some random crime on him has resulted in the GOP humiliating themselves. The hearings they scheduled ended up proving that none of the Republican charges were valid.
Consequently, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, James Comer, has now subpoenaed Hunter to testify before Congress. Hunter accepted the request with the stipulation that his testimony be done in a public hearing. But Comer rejected that offer and insists that Hunter be deposed in private.
To be clear, Comer previously held public hearings when he thought that they would embarrass Democrats. But since it was the GOP that looked shameful, Comer is now opposed to hearings in public. He has learned that they only expose the GOP’s weakness and dishonesty. But if held in private, he can distort and lie with impunity, at least for a while.
Naturally, Fox News has come to the rescue of Comer and the GOP with a segment on an episode of its “outnumbered” program. And the task of justifying the sudden affinity for private testimony fell to Michele Tafoya, a former sports sideline commentator (video below). Tafoya said that…
“I prefer hearings to be done behind closed doors because I actually think that they get to the heart of the matter, and they get some truth, and they can ask questions without preening for the camera, without all the grandstanding. That is my preference.”
Of course, they can do all of those things in live, public hearing as well. If she is worried about members or witnesses “preening” for the camera, that’s the responsibility of the chairman to keep the hearing in order. Which they’ve shown no ability to do. She went on…
“And for Abbe Lowell, his attorney, to say, ‘Well, you all use that to misinform and to distort the facts.’ Well you know what? You can do that too, Abbe. After he comes out of his closed-door session, you feel free to knock yourself out and you can distort too. I mean it’s a silly argument.”
Notice that Tafoya is actually agreeing that Republicans would “misinform” and “distort the facts.” And she excuses it by offering to allow Democrats to do the same. But Democrats would reject that offer because they have no interest in lying the way Republicans do.
Tafoya also claimed that Hunter “would love nothing more than to sit, have cameras pointed at him.” Where she got that from is a complete mystery. He has been profoundly camera shy since he was thrust into the political circus created by Republicans and Fox News.
Comer’s attempt to hide behind closed doors was shredded by Democratic Rep. Jamir Raskin, who responded saying…
“Let me get this straight,” Raskin said in his statement. “After wailing and moaning for ten months about Hunter Biden and alluding to some vast unproven family conspiracy, after sending Hunter Biden a subpoena to appear and testify, Chairman Comer and the Oversight Republicans now reject his offer to appear before the full Committee and the eyes of the world and to answer any questions that they pose?” […]
“Chairman Comer’s insistence that Hunter Biden’s interview should happen behind closed doors proves it once again. What the Republicans fear most is sunlight and the truth.”
Exactly! Comer’s efforts to hide Hunter’s testimony is the best evidence that he knows there is nothing untoward to reveal. If Comer thought there was something there, he would be the first one to insist on public hearings. Instead, he plans to continue his crusade of deceit and defamation. It’s really all they have.
Fox News hosts trying to convince their viewers that a closed door deposition of Hunter Biden is better than a public hearing pic.twitter.com/KPxznk5NUK
— Acyn (@Acyn) November 28, 2023
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