An analyst for CNN is tearing into congressional Democrats for “overreaching” after Attorney General William Barr decided to ditch Thursday’s hearing before the House Judiciary Committee following Wednesday’s Senate hearing.
CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin noted that Barr’s refusal to go to Thursday’s hearing was a lesson of “the powerlessness of the House Democrats,” adding that it demonstrates if the Trump administration tells the Democratic-led House “to go pound sand, they’re going to have to go pound sand.”
As IJR News reported, the attorney general said he wouldn’t attend the hearing on Thursday after conflicting with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) regarding question formatting.
CNN’s Phil Mudd mirrored Toobin’s remark, suggesting that if he were Barr, he’d tell Nadler to “pound sand.”
“Let me be a bit snitty here,” Mudd said during Wednesday’s show. “If I were [Bill] Barr, I would tell Jerry Nadler to pound sand. I would tell him to hit the road.”
Mudd went on to explain why:
“Let me give you a couple of reasons why. Biggest hearing you might have in your entire chairmanship, you can’t bother, you’re too lazy to learn the portfolio well enough to ask your own questions? And your members don’t have the discipline not to sit here and speak without asking questions? Really? And my second question. Who was elected by the American people to oversee the Department of Justice in the most important investigation they have. Was it the members or was it some lawyer that you want to set up Barr with? This is a set-up.”
He added that he believes “it’s petty” and Democrats are “overreaching.”
“If I were Barr I’d say I’m going to get martinis, have a good time,” Mudd said. “Have an empty chair. I’m not going.”
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As IJR News reported, Nadler vowed to hold Barr in contempt after he refused to appear for the House hearing on Thursday, ignoring a subpoena.
Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), however, stepped up in defense of the attorney general, slamming Nadler’s formatting change — which would add an additional hour of questioning from staff members — as a “political stunt.”
“The reason Bill Barr is not here today is that the Democrats decided they didn’t want him here today,” Collins said. He continued:
“And what is amazing to me is to say that he is scared of answering questions. You can disagree with the attorney general all you want, but yesterday he sat for over almost 6 hours in the Senate voluntarily answering questions … You can agree, did he do good or did he do bad? It doesn’t matter because we’re not getting that opportunity today because the stunts and the circus continues over here.”
“We are not getting that opportunity today because of the stunt and circus here,” Collins said. “The question I have here is not what Bill Barr is scared of, my question is what are the Democrats scared of?”