Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) scolded acting attorney general Matt Whitaker for behaving disrespectfully toward her during a congressional hearing.
The Texas Democrat told Whitaker up front that she planned to ask him yes-or-no questions, but he insisted on offering more expansive answers — and House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) directed him to comply with the lawmaker.
“Witness will answer the question as asked, please,” Nadler said.
The ranking Republican, Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), complained that “Democrat administration officials” had been allowed to answer questions as they wished, and Nadler fired back.
“The member has only five minutes, I will not allow the witness to stall and waste members’ time,” Nadler said.
Jackson Lee asked for her time to be restored, and the committee leadership briefly discussed how much she was owed, and Whitaker made a joking reference to his assertion earlier in the hearing that Nadler had run out of time in an apparent effort to avoid a question.
“I don’t know if your time has been restored or not,” Whitaker said.
Jackson Lee fixed a glare on Whitaker, who sat blank-faced after his remark.
“Mr. Attorney General, we are not joking here and your humor is not acceptable,” she said. “You are here because we have a constitutional duty to ask questions and the Congress has a right to establish government rules.”
Ted Cruz’s dangerous resolution suggests that all forms of political dissent could soon be considered terrorism
Last week, Republican Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Ted Cruz of Texas introduced a resolution to designate "antifa," which the Anti-Defamation League defines as "a loose collection of groups, networks, and individuals who believe in active, aggressive opposition to far right-wing movements," as a "domestic terrorist organization."
Florida cop runs down joy-riding black teen on bicycle — then officers shock him with a Taser
Florida police chased down a joy-riding black teenager, struck the bicycle he was riding and then violently arrested him after he fled in terror.
Jaydon Stubbs and four friends were riding July 17 on their way to Hollywood Beach when an officer spotted the teens in an area where there had been a string of recent burglaries, reported WPLG-TV.
The officer saw the boys popping wheelies and ignoring traffic laws, so she tried to stop them for questioning -- but they split up and rode away from her.
9/11 first responder goes on Fox and destroys Rand Paul’s phony fiscal conservatism: It’s insulting to our intelligence
During a Fox News interview on Tuesday, a 9/11 first responder blasted Republican senators who raised concerns about a bill to help compensate those who were injured during the 2001 terrorist attacks and its aftermath.
The Senate is expected to pass legislation that would fund the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund through 2090, despite Republican senators Rand Paul (KY) and Mike Lee (UT) stalling the bill after raising concerns about the cost.
"[Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell has been nothing but gracious. He kept his word. When we had that meeting with, I can tell you he is keeping his word. While we don’t always agree on everything, he has kept his word, and he helped us get here today," said John Feal, a demolition specialist whose foot was crushed during the 9/11 recovery effort.