Performance @ FBI Hearings - What A Disgrace!
This week the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees conducted a joint grilling of FBI Agent Peter Strzok who has come under fire for sending anti-Trump texts during the early days of investigations. The right-wing conservative faction in the House is attempting obviously to discredit the Justice Department and the FBI fearing that the investigations are threatening to disrupt their "majority" status and weaken their grip on the White House & Congress. Unfortunately their attack-dog strategy has back-fired and has brought little more than shame to the Republican Party. Democratic strategists had to be the only folks happy with this regrettable display by members of the GOP who claim to be conducting their ongoing joint investigation into the DOJ's actions during the 2016 election. The Republicans are giving their voter base very few good reasons to re-elect any of them!
It was obvious the GOP members of these committees were not interested in learning anything, or about truth, or giving a 20+ year veteran of the FBI a fair opportunity to testify. Repeatedly the GOP rudely cut-off Mr. Strzok's responses during his 8+ hours of testimony. Louise & I watched most of it live - around 5 pm I was about to vomit having heard just about all I could take and went outdoors to tackle a few chores, then when appetite returned & tummy settled down we ate dinner and then resumed viewing the so-called "hearing". Mr. Strzok spent over 8-hrs testifying - and it was quite remarkable that he maintained a cool head during the hostile questions...which were quite repetitive as each Republican wanted to create a video clip for their next re-election campaign or local news coverage back home. While Republicans claimed Strzok was "biased" they could not produce any examples or explain how that so-called bias was manifested...the hearing had the same feel as a Trump campaign rally where he urges the audience to chant: "lock-her-up" in unison.
We saw certifiable wing-nut Louie Gohmert, a Republican from Texas, accusing Strzok of lying under oath. Chair Trey Gowdy returned to his Benghazi hearing attack-dog form even though the Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz basically gave Strzok a favorable assessment in his report 5-weeks ago. Gowdy claimed the text messages Strzok had send to co-workers represented bias...Strzok said his messages, while crude and regrettable in many ways, merely reflected his personal political opinions - of which all citizens are entitled to. I agree whole-heartedly. The Republicans are merely groping at straws as the Mueller Investigation continues to find evidence of wrongdoing.
Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan continued his infamous hyper critical, attack-style questioning displayed in the previously mentioned Benghazi/Clinton email investigation - which went on for 2-1/2 years and bought ZERO indictments but cost the American taxpayers $30 million*. Interesting how Jordan is now the subject of his own scandal - allegedly ignoring reports of inappropriate sexual advances at Ohio State Univ. where Jordan served as an assistant wrestling coach years ago.
The "Russian Investigation" has already lead to 32 indictments and secured five guilty pleas already...likely many, many more to come. Today the Justice Department announced indictments against 12 Russian nationals, just as The Donald is traveling to meet with his pal Putin. The 12 defendants are members of the GRU who are accused of engaging in a "sustained effort" to hack Democrats' emails and computer networks.
Thankfully there are quite a few Democrats on these committees and they largely performed well and brought a tiny bit of sanity to the hearing. Former Law Enforcement officer and relative newcomer to the US House, Val Demings (D-FL), and several others including Jamie Raskin (D-MD), David Cicilline (D-RI), Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) used their time wisely at the hearing...completely lambasting their GOP colleagues for not spending their time and resources on issues that most Americans are more concerned about like immigration reform, gun violence, and more. (Yes, the links above capture video clips of their questions/comments at the hearing thanks to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Hw8oIsppWk)
This House Hearing farce is a sickening display of our political process...hopefully our citizens will take appropriate action this November and vote all Republicans out of office. It is a fate they deserve & earned.
Notes: Cost estimates of $30 million for the combined Benghazi & Clinton email investigations were compiled by conservative American Thinker magazine.
originally posted 07.13.18