The crew at “Fox & Friends” often present even the most serious and important events with a happy smile, a positive spin – or spin that advances their pro-Trump activism or other agendas. And sometimes they do so by lying.
Thursday morning was no different.
“Fox & Friends” rushed to defend Attorney General Bill Barr and his refusal to testify before the House Judiciary Committee today, a previously scheduled day of testimony, after his horrific performance before Democratic Senators on Wednesday.
The Dept. of Justice informed the House Judiciary that the Attorney General would not appear Thursday, citing the Committee’s decision to allow staff attorneys, and not just Members of Congress, to question Barr.
“They decided yesterday, after they changed the rules, along party line votes,” co-host Steve Doocy told “Fox & Friends” viewers. “They said, ‘You know what? In addition to us all asking questions, we’re gonna haul in our lawyers and they’re gonna ask you questions for half-an-hour, take it or leave it.'”
“He’s gonna leave it,” Doocy said, almost laughing, in praise of the Attorney General’s disrespect for a co-equal branch of government and the rule of law.
Then co-host Ainsley Earhardt chimed in.
“He said, ‘I agreed to talk to Congress. I didn’t agree to talk to Congress’ lawyers.’ That’s not the rule, that’s never happened before,” Earhardt lied.
Ainsley Earhardt falsely claims that Congress hiring lawyers to question someone has “never happened before.” Senate Republicans had a lawyer question Christine Blasey Ford in Congress seven months ago. pic.twitter.com/D0yM9DluOD
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) May 2, 2019
Curiously, the “Fox & Friends” commentary aligned almost perfectly with what a Justice Dept. spokesperson said days earlier:
“The attorney general agreed to appear before Congress,” Kerri Kupec said Sunday. “Therefore, members of Congress should be the ones doing the questioning. He remains happy to engage with members on their questions regarding the Mueller report.”
And contrary to Earhardt’s lie, it has happened before – most recently when Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee brought in an attorney to question Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who is not even a member of the federal government, and who objected to it, but sat through it and answered questions anyway.
And if “Fox & Friends” would like to perform some quick research, they would be able to inform their viewers that it also happened during Watergate, Iran-Contra, the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, and several impeachment hearings, as The New York Times reports, citing a Judiciary Committee spokesperson.
Although allowing staff members to question witnesses is unusual, the committee has permitted it on several occasions in the past, under both Democratic and Republican majorities, according to a spokesman for Mr. Nadler, Daniel Schwarz. This includes during public hearings and private transcribed interviews, like the impeachment inquiries into Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Bill Clinton, and the Republican-led investigation into the F.B.I.’s handling of Hillary Clinton’s emails.
There is also precedent for having staff lawyers interview cabinet secretaries, Mr. Schwarz said. During the joint House and Senate Hearings on the Iran-contra scandal in 1987, committee staff members questioned both Attorney General Edwin Meese III and Secretary of State George P. Shultz. And in 1973, committee staff members questioned James Schlesinger, the C.I.A. director, during a House Armed Services subcommittee inquiry into the alleged involvement of the C.I.A. in the Watergate scandal.
As for Earhardt’s that’s “never happened before” lie, here she is back in September, on “Fox & Friends,” discussing Dr. Christine Blasey’s Ford’s request to not have an outside attorney question her. This is Earhardt’s own tweet:
— Ainsley Earhardt (@ainsleyearhardt) September 21, 2018
New testimony adds 2 stunning — and previously unknown — details about the Ukraine extortion
New testimony released Monday from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the Ukraine scandal included at least two new stunning details about the quid pro quo scheme at the heart of the matter.
Overall, the transcripts for depositions of Catherine Croft and Christopher Anderson, who were advisers to U.S. envoy Kurt Volker, built on the story of that we already know: that President Donald Trump pushed a shadow foreign policy to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political opponents, a scheme that involved using his office and military aid as leverage over the country in opposition to the official policy.
Trump blasted for his ‘Endorsement of Doom’ after Sean Spicer loses on ‘Dancing with the Stars’
Team Trump had gone all in urging supporters to vote for former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on the game show "Dancing with the Stars."
Votes had been urged by RNC officials and Trump himself had urged his 66 million Twitter followers to vote for Spicer.
Despite the full heft of the Trump campaign, Spicer lost on Monday's show.
Trump deleted his failed tweet urging votes for Spicer -- and instead said it was a "great try" by his former advisor.
Looks like this endorsement was as successful as your last one!
‘He’s misunderstood’: Nikki Haley tells Fox News how Trump is actually a really good listener
Former Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley defended President Donald Trump during a Monday appearance with Fox News personality Sean Hannity.
Hannity asked the former South Carolina governor if Trump was "misunderstood."
"I do think he’s misunderstood," Haley replied.
"I can tell you, from the first day to the last day that I worked for the president, he always listened, he was always conscious of hearing other voices, allowing people to debate out the issues, and then he made his decision," Haley claimed.
She argued that, "I saw a president that was very thoughtful, looked at all of the issues, made decisions, and it was a pleasure and honor to work with him."