Today begins the House hearings for President Trump’s nominee to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Andrew Whitaker, and they quickly devolved into an absolute circus. It appears the dramatic confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has set the precedent for all future officials nominated by President Trump.
The script is as follows:
Democrats begin by questioning the nominee on their inevitably heinous past actions, which in this case involve running a scam that defrauded veterans and receiving nearly a million dollars from a “charity” at which he was the only employee.
The nominee grows defensive, refuses to answer the question, and behaves with appalling rudeness towards the Democrats, which is then followed up by a tidal wave of crocodile tears from mewling Republicans who piteously moan that this is a “character assassination” and “political theater.”
However, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) wasn’t having any of it today. Determined to force Whitaker to face the music, he produced printouts of news reports about Whitaker’s many misdeeds and ran through them, and ended by asking Whitaker what the name of his money-laundering charity was.
Whitaker grew snarky and responded by chudishly posturing in indignation, drawling out “Congressman, you’ve mentioned a lot in your…you have challenged my character!”
Raskin immediately shut him down and put him in his place “I’m asking you a very specific question…if you wanna ask the chairman for time of your own, you can ask the chair. This is MY time. You don’t run this committee. You don’t run the United States Congress!”
The chair then demands that Whitaker answer the question.
It is astonishing how the Trump administration manages to find the absolute worst people to fill every possible role. His hostile response to the mildest of questioning tells us all we need to know about his character and makes it clear that he has no business leading the Justice Department. Kudos to Rep. Raskin for putting him in his place.
"Mr. Whitaker, you don't run this committee! You don't run the Congress of the United States, and you don't run the Judiciary Committee."
— ABC News (@ABC) February 8, 2019