Since the beginning of this year, Republicans have been busying themselves with a variety of laughably ludicrous hearings in the House of Representatives. They are taking advantage of their razor-thin majority to unleash blatantly partisan smears aimed solely at soiling the reputations of President Biden and other Democrats.
Unfortunately for the GOP scandal mongers, these hearings have, more often than not, resulted in Democrats revealing the copious crimes, political biases, and ethical lapses of Republicans. What they have never done is to affirm even the slightest hint of any wrongdoing by Biden or any other Democratic official. But perhaps the Republicans don’t mind because it has never been their intention to expose any actual breach of the law. They have not even been shy about admitting their nefarious agenda.
On Wednesday the Republican-led Judiciary Committee invited Attorney General Merrick Garland to testify. There was never any doubt that this hearing would be used by Republicans to bash Garland for imaginary misdeeds and manufactured outrages. And on that measure, they didn’t disappoint. Every GOP member wasted their time with tedious complaints that disregarded reality in order to disparage Garland.
The Republican hate-fest was contrasted by the Democrats on the committee, who honestly and effectively shot down all of the GOP’s lame attempts to rattle Garland. A particularly good example of that came when GOP Rep. Thomas Massie complained that he wasn’t getting the answers he wanted and asked, “Aren’t you, in fact, in contempt of Congress when you refuse to answer?” Of course, the short answer to that is “No!” It is not contempt of Congress if the member doesn’t like the answer.
However, it was then Rep. Eric Swalwell’s turn to speak. And he began by responding to Massie’s preposterous charge…
“Mr. Attorney General, my colleague just said you should be held in contempt of Congress. And that is quite rich because the guy who is leaving the hearing room right now, Mr. Jordan, is about 500 days into evading his subpoena. About 500 days. So if we’re going to talk about contempt of Congress, let’s get real.
“Are you serious that Jim Jordan, a witness to one of the greatest crimes committed in America, a crime where more prosecutions have occurred than any crime in this country, refuses to help this country, and we’re going to get lectured about subpoena compliance and contempt of Congress? Jim Jordan won’t even honor a lawful subpoena. Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me? There’s no credibility on that side.”
WATCH: @RepSwalwell unveils a real-time counter tracking Jim Jordan's "Subpoena Evasion," highlighting the GOP's utter hypocrisy in their bid to protect Trump…all to the detriment of the American people. pic.twitter.com/MNnqzxtFbr
— House Judiciary Dems (@HouseJudiciary) September 20, 2023
Indeed, Jordan was subpoenaed by the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th insurrection that Donald Trump incited. Jordan had directly relevant information involving conversations that he admits he had with Trump that day. Jordan could have complied with the subpoena by showing up and taking the Fifth Amendment if he didn’t want to incriminate himself. But he just ignored it. Which is unarguably contempt of Congress.
Yet somehow, Republicans are fixated on trivialities that they are desperately trying to magnify into unholy debauchery. And it goes farther up than just chairman Jordan. GOP House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is just as culpable for the sort of contemptuous behavior toward the body that he purports to lead. He also refused to comply with a subpoena. Which means he also has zero respect for the House and the law. Which might explain why he is so pitifully impotent in his role as Speaker.
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