GOP Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) was fired up during Friday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing for Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker when he slammed a congressional Democrat for allegedly using his line of questions to advance himself to the White House.
As IJR Red reported, Collins called the hearing “pointless” and a “character assassination.”
“If this is the way we’re going to go, then we’ll have plenty of stunts, we’re going to have plenty of theatrics,” he said. “Bring your popcorn.”
The Republican ranking member went after Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) for grilling Whitaker about whether or not a previous organization he ran had received money from foreign donors, The Hill reported — which Whitaker later responded to saying he doesn’t believe it did, adding “our main donor was a U.S. entity.”
The two representatives clash during the hearing
“This is outside the scope of this hearing,” Collins objected. “This is not when he was employed here.”
Swalwell fired back at Collins telling him to sit with Whitaker’s lawyers if he had any more objections.
“Mr. Collins, if you want to sit down there with his lawyers, you can go sit down there,” Swalwell said. “But you’re not his lawyer.”
“Neither are you, Mr. Swalwell, and if you asked questions that are actually part of this instead of running for president we could get this done,” Collins responded.
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After ranking member Doug Collins raises more objections, Eric Swalwell suggests that Collins sit with Whitaker's lawyers. Via CSPAN2 pic.twitter.com/48J82ycZoo
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Swalwell has previously said he’s considering a 2020 presidential run, and some could say the Democrats’ line of questioning was similar to Sen. Cory Booker’s (D-NJ) “‘I am Spartacus’ moment” when people blasted him for using the Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings to gain Democrats’ favor ahead of his announcement in the 2020 presidential run.