When one a junior Senator on a Senate Judiciary Committee packed with career blowhards and 2020 Presidential hopefuls, one must find a way to stand out from the crowd.
Logic would dictate that the way to stand out is to showcase one’s stellar intellect, unique insights, or, more simply, to look smart. Today’s progressives aren’t too keen on following logic, though, and it seems that the most head-scratching takes are rewarded. So, that was the path Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) chose to follow in her “questioning” of Attorney General Bill Barr.
Full exchange between Senator @maziehirono and Attorney General William Barr: "You did exactly what I thought you'd do, it's why I voted against your confirmation. I expected you would try to protect the president and indeed you did." pic.twitter.com/5ecg4jF2b2
— CSPAN (@cspan) May 1, 2019
She started off with a bang:
“Mr. Barr, now the American people know that you are no different from Rudy Giuliani or Kellyanne Conway or any of the other people who sacrificed their once decent reputation for the grifter and liar who sits in the Oval Office.
“To start with, you should have never been involved with supervising the Robert Mueller investigation….And you also should have insisted that Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein recuse himself. He wasn’t just a witness to some of the president’s obstructive behavior. We now know he was in frequent personal contact with the president, a subject of the investigation.”
Wait, what? Poor Rosenstein isn’t a darling of the left anymore. Hirono continues, in a scolding, condescending tone:
“You should have left it to career officials.”
Of course. Because with career officials, like Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, the will of the DNC might be done.
“Once the report was delivered by the Special Counsel, you delayed its release for more than two weeks. You let the president’s personal lawyers look at it before you even deigned to let Congress or the public see it. 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 you a letter objecting to your so-called summary. 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. He asked you to release the report summaries to correct the misimpression you created, but, you refused….But when we read the report we knew Robert Mueller’s concerns were valid and that your version of events was false.”
Psst, Sen. Hirono – instead of quoting “reports,” you could quote what Barr himself said just a few hours ago in the hearing regarding that phone call, or even admit that the “reports” that came out prior to the hearing also included the fact that Mueller’s beef was with the press misinterpreting the letter, not with the accuracy of Barr’s work. As the saying (sort of) goes, Barr can give people the facts, but he can’t make people understand them.
Hirono wouldn’t take Barr’s word, though, because she thinks he’s a liar and flat-out accused him of it.
“Finally, you lied to Congress. You told Rep. Charlie Crist that you didn’t know what objections Mueller’s team might have to your March 24th so-called summary….But you knew. You lied. And now we know.”
Again, this topic was a subject of multiple questions in the morning session of the hearing, but either Hirono lacks the capability to edit the screed penned pre-hearing and/or she simply doesn’t care about getting to the truth. But she’s not done with Barr yet.
“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.”
She continued until Cocaine Lindsey, who had recovered from the excitement of saying the F word on live television, had had enough.
“Not really — to this line of questioning. Listen. You slandered this man….you slandered this man from top to bottom. If you want more of this, you’re not gonna get it.
Watch him scold her below:
"You have slandered this man from top to bottom. If you want more of this you're not going to get it." pic.twitter.com/zkhP5pprZX
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 1, 2019
More than one Twitter commentator noted that Hirono might be the most stupid person in the United States Senate.
— Wilson⭐⭐⭐ (@imwithwilson) May 1, 2019
Fortunately for Hirono, she spoke before Cory Booker.