Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono had a meltdown and a childlike tantrum as she filibustered in the form of a question to Attorney General Bill Barr.
The senator went on the attack against the attorney general when she was supposed to ask a question and she got torched for it.
“Mr. Barr, the American people know you are no different from Rudy Giuliani or Kellyanne Conway, or any of the other people who sacrifice their once decent reputation for the liar who sits in the Oval Office,” she said.
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“You once turned down a job offer from Donald Trump to represent him as his private attorney. At your confirmation hearing you told Sen. Feinstein that “the job of Attorney general is not the same as representing the president” so you know the difference but you’ve chosen to be the president’s lawyer and side with him over the interest of the American people,” he said.
“To start with, you should never have been involved in supervising the Robert Mueller investigation. You wrote a 19-page unsolicited memo, which you admit was not based on any fact, attacking the premise of half of the investigation,” the senator said.
“And you also should have insisted that deputy Attorney general Rob Rosenstein recuse himself,” she said.
“He was not just a witness to some of the president’s obstructive behavior, we now know he was in frequent personal contact of the president, a subject of the investigation,” Hirono said.
“You should have left it to career officials. Then, once the report was delivered by the special counsel, you delayed its release for more than two weeks and let the president’s personal lawyers look at it before you even daned to let public or the Congress see it,” she said.
“During the time you substituted your own political judgment for the special counsel’s legal conclusions in a four page letter to Congress and now we know thanks to a free press that Mr. Mueller wrote your letter, objecting to your so-called summary,” she said.
“When you called Mueller to discuss his letter, the reports are that he thought your summary was giving the press, Congress, and the public a misleading impression of his work,” Hirono said.
“He asked you to release the report summaries to correct the misimpression you created but you refused. When you finally did decide to release the report over a congressional recess and on the eve of two major religious holidays, you called a press conference, to once again try to clear Donald Trump before anyone had a chance to read the special counsel’s report, and come to their own conclusions.
“But when we read the report, we knew Robert Mueller’s concerns were valid. And that your version of events was false. You used every advantage of your office to create the impression that the president was cleared of misconduct. You selectively quoted fragments from the special counsel’s office, taking some of the most important statements out of context, and ignoring the rest.
“You put the power and authority of the office of the Attorney general and the department of justice, behind a public relations effort to help Donald Trump protect himself.
“Finally, you lied to Congress. You told representative Charlie cyst that you didn’t know what objectives Mueller’s team might to be the March so-called summary.
“You told senator Chris van Holland that you didn’t know if senator Mueller supported your conclusions but you knew you lied and now, we know.
“A lot of respect to nonpartisan legal experts and elected officials were surprised by your efforts to protect the president.
“But I wasn’t surprised. You did exactly what I thought you’d do, that’s why I voted against your confirmation.
“I expected you would try to protect the president. And indeed, you did. In 1989, this isn’t something you hadn’t done before,” she said.
“In 1989, when you refused to show Congress an opinion that led to the arrest of Manuel Noriega, in 1993, when you recommended pardons for the subjects of the Iran-contra scandal and last year when you wrote the 19-page mem yes telling Donald Trump, as president, can’t be guilty of obstruction of justice, and then didn’t recuse yourself from the matter.
“From the beginning, you’re addressing an audience of one. That person being Donald Trump. That’s why before the bombshell news of yesterday evening, 11 of my Senate colleagues and I called on the department of justice inspector general, and office of professional responsibility, to investigate the way you have handled the Mueller report.
“I wanted them to determine whether your actions complied with the department’s policies and practices, and whether you have demonstrated sufficient impartiality to continue to oversee the 14 other criminal matters that the special counsel referred to in other part, to other parts of the department of justice.
“But now, we know more about your deep involvement in trying to cover up for Donald Trump. Being Attorney general of the United States is a sacred trust.
“You have betrayed that trust. America deserves better. You should resign. I have some questions for you. Did the White House exert any influence on your decision, whether to allow special counsel Mueller to testify in Congress and when?”
Barr simply responded “no” and would not even look at Hirono.
It was a despicable display of partisanship and disrespect and a black mark on the Senate.
This article originally appeared at The Federalist Papers and was republished with permission.
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