Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) attempted to shame Senate Republicans on Thursday, saying that they had turned confirmation hearings for the next attorney general into a “soundbite factory for Fox News.”
On the second day of hearings for the confirmation of Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama’s pick to head the Department of Justice, Whitehouse noted that Republicans were more focused on attacking current Attorney General Eric Holder and the administration than the business at hand.
Whitehouse pointed out that one of the witnesses believed that there was a government conspiracy to hack her computers over Benghazi, one witness was concerned that the Obama administration had overstepped its executive authority, a sheriff was invited to “critique Eric Holder’s tenure,” and a conservative activist was on hand to insist that requiring IDs to vote did not suppress minority voters.
“There are plenty of forums were the attorney general would have an opportunity to defend himself,” Whitehouse explained. “This is not one. There is no forum here, there is no opportunity here for Attorney General Holder to answer these various charges that have been made. I think that is fundamentally unjust. And I think it is frankly beneath the dignity of this committee at a time when we have a very significant and solemn charge before us to determine the fitness of a specific individual to be attorney general of the United States.”
“I have no problem with the attacks,” he added. “My problem is choosing this forum for them when the other — the individual in question has no chance to answer, I think fails President Washington’s test that one speak not evil of the absent for it is unjust.”
“I regret that this hearing and this solemn occasion has been co-opted to that extent, and turned into what appears to be a soundbite factory for Fox News and conspiracy theorists everywhere.”
Watch the video below from C-SPAN, broadcast Jan. 29, 2015.
Eric Trump predicts his dad will win re-election: ‘The polls are looking great — you see it every day’
One of President Donald Trump's children appeared on Fox News on Thursday to predict that his father would win re-election in November.
"Well listen, I think, um, I think we're looking really good," Eric Trump told Sean Hannity.
"The polls are looking great -- you see it every single day," Trump claimed. "The enthusiasm is tremendous."
"We're going to win," he predicted. "My father is going to win this election."
The prediction was offered the same day that NBC News released their first battleground map, showing Joe Biden on pace to win 334 Electoral College votes, Trump set to win 125 Electoral Votes, with 79 too close to call.
New York AG speaks out: The NRA ‘looted’ charitable funds — and it’s time for them to pay
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," New York Attorney General Letitia James laid out the evidence she is bringing against the National Rifle Association in her lawsuit to force the breakup of the pro-gun organization.
"You say you found example after example of wrongdoing, financial mismanagement, total corruption, like Mr. LaPierre getting a $17 million contract with the NRA without board approval that paid him even after he lost — even after he would lose election as executive vice president," said host Erin Burnett. "What else did you find out?"
The Lincoln Project trolls Trump with new video on America’s rising COVID-19 death toll
President Donald Trump's bungled response to the coronavirus pandemic is increasingly becoming a major campaign issue in the 2020 election.
On Tuesday, Trump taunted his detractors by reposting a video imagining him running for re-election for over 100 years, in violation of the constitution as currently written.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2020