Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) tried to turn the latest hearing on special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election into a hearing on border security — and then got hilariously shut down by one of the panelists.
During his allotted time, Gaetz changed the subject away entirely from the Mueller report and decided to grill one of the witnesses for her views on border security.
In particular, Gaetz asked Carrie Cordero, a Robert M. Gates senior fellow and general counsel at the Center for New American Security, about her work writing about the security problems posed by Mexican drug cartels.
“Is it your impression that, since you wrote this in 2013, that the circumstances on our southern border have gotten better or worse?” Gaetz asked.
Cordero acknowledged her past work on border security — and proceeded to embarrass Gaetz by rebutting Republican talking points.
“When I wrote that report, I thought it was an issue that needed attention,” she said. “There is clearly a humanitarian problem on the southern border that needs to be addressed. What you will not find in that article is any mention of a wall as a response to that challenge, nor any encouragement of any use of emergency authorities.”
At this point, many people in the room laughed at Gaetz.
Watch the video below.
‘The ground is shifting’: Longtime GOP aide sounds the alarm that Trump is putting Arizona in play
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In an interview with Politico, Coughlin said his party has expressed real anxiety about the state turning blue next year.
"Republicans are very concerned,” he said. "The ground is shifting."
At the moment, just 45 percent of Arizona voters have a favorable view of Trump, while 53 percent have an unfavorable view. Additionally, the victory of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) in last year's midterm elections showed that Democrats can be competitive in statewide races in a place that became famous for electing iconic conservative senators such as John McCain and Barry Goldwater.
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But conservative news sites are now running with the idea that the Times article has been discredited and that the paper has retracted its claims. PJ Media, a prominent right-wing site, ran the headline "New York Times Now Admits New Kavanaugh Accusation Is Fake News."
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"The View" co-host Meghan McCain tried to help her friend Sean Spicer lauder his reputation on "Dancing With The Stars," but co-host Sunny Hostin quickly put a stop to her efforts.