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Rep. Nadler Threatens To Subpoena Attorney General If He Fails To Show For Thursday Hearing

Why is it that some congressmen seem to forget that Congress is a coequal branch of government, not a superior one? It is not for Congress, when wanting the testimony of an official of either the executive or judicial branch, to be peremptory and to say “our way and no other.” It is one thing for the Senate, for example, to select a format for a confirmation hearing with a nominee who is not yet a member of a separate branch.

Rep. Jerry Nadler, House Judiciary Committee Chairman is threatening to subpoena Attorney General William Barr if he refuses to testify at Thursday’s scheduled hearing about the Mueller Russia probe.

Reports are that Barr was scheduled and ready to testify at the hearing but Nadler changed the terms of the agreement to do so. Nadler now plans to have Committee attorneys inquire about the report with the attorney general in addition to allowing lawmakers ask questions. Barr has drawn the line in the sand on that change.

Rep. Cedric Richmond, also sits on the Judiciary Committee, appeared on CBS Sunday’s Face the Nation and shocked even the host claiming that his “sole goal” is getting Trump out of the White House.

What short memories these Democrats have. When former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein ignored multiple subpoenas from Congress they applauded him for doing it. Now because the shoe is on the other foot they are “outraged?” Their hypocrisy is beyond the pale.

Barr is far more cooperative than Eric “Holdup” was. Perhaps Nadler should be angry at Holder for setting the precedent, and even making an illegitimate claim of executive privilege (which applies to presidential staff but not cabinet members).

Congressional hearings are pointless grandstanding and nothing more. Nadler and his operatives are currently the ones playing the role of horses’ behinds. When Congress allowed TV cameras into their sessions and hearings, virtually everyone there became just another brainless Hollywoodie, playing to the camera. It’s disheartening, embarrassing and disgusting.

Once upon a time I believed that the people of New York were pretty darned smart and especially those from Brooklyn, but seeing their congressional lineup and who they are electing, I am going to have to revise that thinking.

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