Apparently I have a very different take on the House Hearing on the Clinton Foundation matter than many others. I give kudos to Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch for the old college try. But anyone who follows him as he makes his rounds on Fox with his latest FOIA request pretty much knows his gig and what he has. Phillip Hackney was the Democrat’s choice to testify in a meaningless meandering until Meadows was kind enough to encourage a drill into Trump – don’t hold back. I include video of the hearing.
Then, it was all downhill for me as the Financial duo who has the stuff on the foundation began their testimony and headed into a major beating. As I followed twitter I was amazed. Hmm someone took that blue pill. But what a relief when I discover that the Washington Examiner doesn’t think things went so swell either:
Oversight panel hearing on Clinton Foundation blows up as GOP battles its own witnesses here
I’ll let you wander over to the Examiner to read the claims these two fellows have against the Clintons and the Foundation. if you can get through the ads- worth it – but a taste of it follows.
A congressional hearing on the Clinton Foundation turned into a fiasco on Thursday after Republicans clashed with their own witnesses — two private investigators who refused to turn over documents that they claimed showed evidence of criminal wrongdoing at the Clinton Foundation.
Two financial analysts who say they have uncovered evidence of pay-to-play and financial crimes at the Clinton Foundation, were invited to testify on their findings by the House Oversight Committee’s Republican Chairman Mark Meadows.
But tensions erupted between Meadows and the two witnesses after Moynihan and Doyle refused to turn over 6,000 pages of documents that they say back up their claims — documents that the pair has already given to the FBI and the IRS.
But Meadows questioned that explanation, saying he spoke to the IRS before the
hearing and was told the witnesses’ work with the committee would have no impact on the status of the IRS investigation. “I don’t find how [refusing to turn over information] provides a good foundation for truth and transparency,” said Meadows.
Republican Rep. Jody Hice also criticized the witnesses. “I feel like you’re using us for your own benefit,” said Hice, adding that there was a “little game going on here.”
Moynihan argued that he and Doyle were invited to the hearing and would have happily not attended. “Let me be very clear. You invited us. If you don’t want us, disinvite us,” he said.
Moynihan added that there was no benefit to sharing the documents with the committee because congress doesn’t have law enforcement capabilities. “That’s why we presented to government agencies, which you’re not,” said Moynihan. Meadows promised to subpoena the documents from his witnesses.
“Don’t get cute with me,” he told Moynihan. “I thought you said you were all about the rule of law, all about the truth.”
This was just a small taste of the nasty banter, and most of the GOP on the committee were more than happy to join in the pummeling. I might add this was the last Meadows hearing he will ever have no doubt, and heck, might as well go out with a splash showing how impartial you are. Maybe getting turned down for the next Chief of Staff position might have left a bitter taste. More at Washington Examiner here
I have included the entire hearing. If you want to hear Fitton, enjoy. So now we hear again that good old Session’s team player U.S. Attorney John Huber who was supposedly keeping his eye on things, turned down the financial analysts evidence twice. But we sort of figured this was how it was going.
Fitton takes up the beginning. About 1:30 into it, the dynamic duo with the supposed reveal start a ten minute recitation of their acumen on this matter. Pass it if you like. If you want a bit of the fellow Hackney, back it up a bit.
So get out a cold one, some popcorn, ease back in that old recliner, and what the heck, do the whole darn video.
The House Oversight Government Operations Subcommittee holds a hearing on oversight of nonprofit organizations and restrictions to their political activities, with a focus on the New York-based Clinton Foundation.