An already contentious congressional hearing where former FBI agent Peter Strzok answered questions about text messages in which he criticized then-candidate Donald Trump exploded into shouting on Thursday as Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX)brought up Strzok’s affair with a fellow FBI agent.
Gohmert’s antics have even been sharply criticized by Fox News’ host Brit Hume, who describe it as “bullying and insulting.”
Talking with MSNBC host Chuck Todd, conservative New York Post columnist John Podhoretz threw down, defending the behavior of Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) behavior while trashing Gohmert.
“Louie Gohmert who said the thing about the affair, that’s scum,” Podhoretz said. “That was a scummy, loathsome thing to do. He’s a loathsome politician. It’s everything you hate about politicians rolled up into one.”
Gowdy, who is retiring, at least seemed earnest by comparison, he claimed.
“He’s not getting anything from the cameras for doing this,” Podhoretz said of Gowdy.
WATCH: Republicans throw tantrum and call Chairman Nadler a ‘dictator’ for announcing Friday vote on impeachment
Republicans freaked out on Thursday after Chairman Jerry Nadler announced that the House Judiciary Committee will be holding a Friday vote on the two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
After 11 p.m. on Thursday, Nadler announced that the committee would resume its work and vote on impeachment on Friday.
The Chairman announced he would divide the issue and allow separate votes on each article of impeachment at 10 a.m. on Friday.
Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) freaked out over the vote being called, even though Democrats had repeatedly said through the two-day hearing that there would be a vote before members left for the weekend.
Mitch McConnell says he’s in ‘total coordination with the White House’ on Trump’s impeachment
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said clearly on Thursday what many have assumed: When articles of impeachment come over from the House of Representatives, as is expected, to his chamber, he will be acting virtually as President Donald Trump’s defense attorney.
“Everything I do during this, I’m coordinating with White House counsel,” he said on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show. “There will be no difference between the President’s position and our position as to how to handle this.”
He noted that, unlike the many other issues that come to his chamber, he’s unable to block impeachment. If it comes, he has to hold a trial, he admitted somewhat ruefully.
‘People died in Ukraine’: Democrat lectures Doug Collins for Trump’s abuse of power costing lives
During Thursday's impeachment hearing, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) laid bare the human cost of President Donald Trump's decision to withhold military aid from Ukraine to force them to hunt for dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden's family — something that ranking member Doug Collins (R-GA) spent the previous day denying.
"In my colleague's efforts to defend this president, you want him to be someone he's not. You want him to be someone he is telling you he is not," said Swalwell. "You're trying to defend the call in so many different ways, and he's saying, guys, it was a perfect call. He's not who you want him to be. And let me tell you how selfish his acts were. And ranking member Collins, you can deny this as much as you want. People died in Ukraine at the hands of Russia," said Swalwell. "In Ukraine, since September 2018 when it was voted on by Congress, was counting on our support. One year passed and people died. And you may not want to think about that, it may be hard for you to think about that, but they died when the selfish, selfish president withheld the aid for his own personal gain."