A former adviser to former President Bill Clinton blasted Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) over his demands for the unredacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian election interference as the committee vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress looms.
During an appearance on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday morning, Mark Penn — who served as an adviser to both former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — was asked by host Brian Kilmeade why he “blam[ed] Nadler” for “weaponiz[ing]” our political system.
Penn torched the House Judiciary Committee Chairman for calling “others” a “‘dictator'” while acting like he is “the supreme power of the nation.”
“I saw Nadler hurling insights like ‘dictator’ at others when in fact he’s saying, ‘give me the tax returns, give me investigation, give me the report including [the] grand jury investigation. I, Jerrold Nadler, am the supreme power of the nation.’ And he’s not.”
“He’s chairman of a congressional committee. It’s a co-equal branch,” the former Clinton adviser continued. “He has a limited power to subpoena things for good purposes, not for political ends.”
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Penn was then pressed by Kilmeade on who Nadler is “performing for,” to which he responded by saying that the “Democratic base” had a “problem” of having been led to believe that “Nadler, and impeachment, and Russia collusion is all correct.”
He then pointed out that Nadler was “in a very safe district” and that his demands for the documents and threatening to hold Barr in contempt was “his moment in the spotlight.”
“He’s in a very safe district and he gets his moment in the spotlight. He and Schiff. At the same time, the broad electorate says ‘give me infrastructure, not investigations.'”
Penn continued on to blast the House Judiciary chairman’s move as a “show trial and a spectacle rather than a real investigation.”
“Move on for the good of the country and for our democracy,” Penn added.
As IJR News previously reported, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote Wednesday to hold Barr in contempt of Congress after he refused to turn over the unredacted Mueller report and its underlying documents to Congress, defying subpoenas to do so.
Should the vote get through the committee, the measure will be brought to the full House for a vote.