During an “impeachment inquiry session” conducted Tuesday, Sept. 17, by the Democrat-led House Judge Committee, Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz used his role in the committee to accuse Democrats of again wasting America’s time.
Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee held their first official hearing in what they are calling an impeachment investigation.
“Well, the Mueller Report was supposed to be the end all, be all, the great ground swell of support for impeachment, ensuring the public would want to tar and feather the president, run him out of Washington on a rail. Deprive the American people of the president they duly elected,” Gaetz started.
After explaining the happenings of the last six months, Gaetz then turned his attention to Lewandowski.
“So, Mr. Lewandowski, do you have a thought as to why we continue to engage in a charade that is overwhelmingly opposed by the American people, and fundamentally misunderstood by my Democrat colleagues?” Gaetz asked the 46-year-old political operative.
“You know, congressman, I think they hate this president more than they love their country,” Lewandowski replied.
.@MattGaetz: “Do you have a thought as to why we continue to engage in a charade that is overwhelmingly opposed by the American people & fundamentally misunderstood by my Democrat colleagues?”@CLewandowski_: “I think they hate this president more than they love their country.” pic.twitter.com/Dmft1yWhd4
— The Hill (@thehill) September 17, 2019
“Mr. Lewandowski, you were the campaign manager for the president’s campaign when the Obama-Biden administration was notified that there might be efforts by the Russians to interfere with our election. Isn’t that right?” Gaetz continued.
“Yes,” Lewandowski replied.
“And can you describe to us the briefing you got as the campaign manager to ensure that our system was resilient and American democracy was protected?” the congressman continued.
“There was no briefing provided by anybody from the Obama-Biden administration, members of the Intelligence Committee, or the FBI to our campaign when I was present or during my tenure as a campaign manager,” Lewandowski responded.
“That’s just baffling to me,” Gaetz said. “I mean, our democracy is so precious. We have to cherish and protect it. And yet, when the Obama-Biden administration knew that there might be nefarious efforts to interfere or cooperate or any way disturb our democracy, they didn’t say anything to you. Now, as you sit here today watching the facts unfold, do you have any rationale as to why maybe the Clapper, Brennan, Comey, Obama-Biden team didn’t want to give the Trump campaign a fair defensive briefing about the threats we were facing?”
“It’s actually unfathomable to me that they didn’t contact the major political nominee for president of the United States and inform them of potential threats against the election process in 2016,” Lewandowski replied.
“And we could be finding that out now,” Gaetz noted. “I mean, we could have those people before our committee to figure out what in the world happened that didn’t allow us to get those answers. One final question for you Mr. Lewandowski, has an inspector general employed by the United States government ever accused you of breaking the law?”
“No,” Lewandowski replied.
“No, but they have done that with James Comey,” Gaetz said.
A report released last month by Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) made it clear that Comey had violated bureau policies by his actions related to memos of his conversations with the president.
“Yet the leadership of this committee will not bring James Comey before even though the inspector general said that his work impaired the credibility and efforts of over 35,000 FBI agents and the brave people fighting for our country,” Gaetz continued.
Moreover, Rep. Matt Gaetz blasted Democrats for questioning the wrong people—namely President Donald Trump’s former 2016 campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
He said, “It’s a shame that you’re here Mr. Lewandowski. Jim Comey should be sitting in that chair, he should be answering questions about why he did so much damage to the FBI and our country, including not giving you the briefing that you were entitled to.”
It’s a shame that you’re here Mr. Lewandowski.
Jim @Comey should be sitting in that chair. He should be answering questions about why he did so much damage to the FBI and our country, including not giving you the briefing you were entitled to. pic.twitter.com/GSieeoJLGb
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) September 17, 2019
The House Judiciary Committee’s first impeachment hearing against President Donald Trump has concluded on a combative note after six hours of testimony from Corey Lewandowski.
Video: Rep. Matt Gaetz’s full questioning of Corey Lewandowski | Lewandowski hearing