Thursday, May 9, 2019

Resurfaced clips of Schiff, Pelosi slamming GOP for contempt vote against Eric Holder aren’t aging well

Congressional Democrats have an uncanny “ability” to not recognize their own hypocrisy.
On Wednesday, the Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt of Congress for not providing them with access to special counsel Robert Mueller’s entire report, including confidential grand jury information.

Before and after the vote, various Democrat leaders issued grandiose speeches or statements decrying the Justice Department’s alleged “corruption” and warning of a “constitutional crisis.”

What’s notable is that the contempt vote and speeches occurred roughly seven years after the same Democrat leaders excoriated then-House Oversight Committee chair Darrell Issa for daring to hold then-Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. More on this later.

“We’ve talked for a long time about approaching a constitutional crisis. We are now in it,” House Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Nadler, who’s been battling with Barr for weeks for full access to the Mueller report, said in a hyperbolic speech Wednesday following the committee’s vote.
Yet here’s how he responded when Republicans held Holder in contempt back in 2012:

Hypocrisy much? He’s not alone. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s also guilty of hypocrisy.
“I think that the attorney general should be held in contempt,” she said Wednesday during an event being held by The Washington Post, adding that impeachment of the AG isn’t “off the table.”
She espoused the exact opposite stance seven years ago.
“What we have seen is a shameful display of abuse of power by the Republicans in the House of Representatives,” she said a day after Holder’s contempt vote on June 20, 2012. “Instead of bringing job-creating legislation to the floor, the transportation bill, they are they are holding the Attorney General of the United States in contempt of Congress for doing his job.”

She then trotted out a conspiracy theory about how the Republicans’ decision to hold Holder in contempt of Congress was part of some clandestine “scheme to suppress the vote” …


Next up is House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff.

“Trump and those who blindly serve him — like Barr — must be made to comply with our requests for information. In absence of vigorous oversight, corruption will continue to flourish,” he defiantly tweeted Wednesday afternoon after the Judiciary Committee voted to hold Barr in contempt.

Yet prior to Holder’s contempt vote in 2012, he said the opposite.

“I like most Americans would like to know about the facts of Fast and Furious, about the problem of guns crossing our border, the horrendous violence south of our border, but what we do today will shed no light on that,” he said in a grandiose statement at the time.

“What we do today will not improve the situation in terms of gun violence that’s claimed the lives of tens of thousands of — tens of thousands of Mexican citizens and claimed the lives of Americans. What we are doing today is simply a partisan abuse of the contempt power.”


The hypocrisy is stunning. Granted, some have pointed to the Republicans’ contempt vote against Holder as evidence of the right’s own hypocrisy. Except that’s a misleading assertion.


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