CNN host Jim Acosta on Saturday took aim at Colorado Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert and other members of the "freak show caucus" — including GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia.
"You might be feeling all filled up after Thanksgiving, but unfortunately we got an extra helping of turkey from Colorado Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, who proudly displayed her ignorance and bigotry in comments about Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar," Acosta said.
He went on to run down some of Boebert's long history of similarly inflammatory remarks.
"Boebert appears to believe that trolling, overt racism and the glorification of political violence all come with the job here in Washington. Now, where would she get that idea?" Acosta said, before playing a clip of former president Donald Trump. "Welcome to the Trump Republican Party freak show caucus, congresswoman. ... The freak show caucus knows the party's current leader in the House, Kevin McCarthy, is not going to stand in their way."
Acosta noted that Rep. Greene wants to award Kyle Rittenhouse the Congressional Medal of Freedom, and that Boebert and others have been arguing over who will get to hire the Kenosha shooter as an intern. This week Boebert challenged Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), who uses a wheelchair, to a "sprint" to determine who gets to hire Rittenhouse.
"I know what you're saying, she's not the brightest bulb on the Captiol Christmas tree," Acosta said. "Also, an internship? Really? It sounds like (Rittenhouse is) on his way to a speakership. Would Kevin McCarthy object to that? I have my doubts."
"As we're all gathering with family and friends for the holidays, ask yourselves, is this who we are?" he added. "Bigoted, hateful, violent? I don't think so. Sadly I'd say we are complacent and enabling more than anything else. Too many of us are standing on the sidelines sticking our head in the sand and biting our tongues in hopes that the freak show will eventually go away. Sounds like appeasement. How did that work out over the last four years — or the last century for that matter?"
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Even if Trump adviser Steve Bannon is convicted of criminal contempt and sentenced to jail, he won't be forced to testify before the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol insurrection.
However, there is another strategy the committee could use to ultimately compel Bannon's testimony, according to former U.S. attorney Joyce Vance.
Appearing on MSNBC on Saturday, Vance first commented on Trump's former chief of staff, Mark Meadows, who reacted in a TV interview this week to the committee's decision to subpoena Roger Stone and Alex Jones. "I can tell you that I'm not aware of anybody in the White House that had conversations with either one of those individuals," said Meadows, who is himself defying a subpoena from the committee.
Vance responded to Meadows' comments by saying she "expects to hear that audio tape actually played back against Meadows if the government is forced to compel or prosecute him to obtain his testimony."
"He sure makes a good case for himself as a witness, saying that some people didn't have conversations, and of course implying that other people did," Vance said.
But Vance added that "the real story" is the number of witnesses who are speaking with the committee without subpoenas — as well as the documents that congressional investigators have already obtained.
"We see that reflected in some of these new subpoenas which contain information that's clearly coming from witnesses," Vance said. "They're being very, very definitive — for instance, with some of the members of the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys, when they explain why they're seeking their testimony, and also with some of the folks who are organizers of the Jan. 6 event."
"They're looking at organizers, they're looking at organizations, and they clearly have a trajectory where they're trying to obtain the information they need," she added. "Whether they'll be able to go back and get people like Bannon to testify is still an open question. Even if Bannon is convicted, that's no guarantee that he will ever testify. But the committee will then have an opportunity to engage in civil contempt proceedings that could find him back in prison and holding his own keys to his jail cell based on when he chooses to testify or not."
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House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy issued a statement Saturday in response to backlash over Colorado Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert's islamophobic rant targeting Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
"I talked to Congresswoman Lauren Boebert today," McCarthy said in the statement. "She has apologized for what she said and has reached out to Congresswoman Omar to meet next week. I spoke with (Majority) Leader (Steny) Hoyer today to facilitate that meeting so that Congress can get back to talking to each other and working on the challenges facing the American people."
After reading McCarthy's statement, MSNBC host Yasmin Vossoughian noted that he failed to call out Boebert's remarks as "wrong or abhorrent or racist or islamophobic." Then Vossoughian asked GOP strategist Susan Del Percio if we should "expect more" from McCarthy.
"We should expect more from leadership, but Kevin McCarthy has shown no leadership, so I don't expect more from him because he's incompetent and is just bound to whatever he thinks — and that's the key, whatever he thinks — will make Donald Trump happy," Del Percio said. "So that's his audience and that's who he's playing to. ... Kevin McCarthy is trying to maybe look like something — I can't say like a leader, because he's just not — and he's just become pathetic."
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