By Jon Dougherty
We get it: Politicians can be hypocrites. But rarely do we get to see such a blatant example of it on such a scale.
Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who is a walking, talking, daily example of political chicanery, blasted Attorney General William Barr for his decision to allow POTUS Donald Trump’s legal team to examine special counsel Robert Mueller’s report prior to releasing it to the public.
Barr’s decision hinged, in large part, on ensuring that redactions made to the full report were appropriate and that White House officials questioned as part of Mueller’s witch hunt probe were adequately protected.
Plus, there is the fact that — like it or not — MuellerÂ worked for the Justice Department…which falls under the purview of the Executive Branch…which is headed by the president of the United States…who just happens to be Donald Trump.
None of that matters to Pelosi, mind you; she’s got perpetually angry voters to feed red meat to, so doing the right thing by them and for the country is out of the question.
In criticizing the AG’s decision, Pelosi alleged Barr had “confirmed the staggering partisan effort by the Trump Admin to spin public’s view of theÂ #MuellerReport” in a tweet, in which sheÂ retweeted a letter from another partisan hack, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee in which he demanded that Mueller show up before his committee to be grilled by fellow Democrats as to why he didn’t throw the book at that evil criminal POTUS Trump.
“AG Barr has confirmed the staggering partisan effort by the Trump Admin to spin publicâ€™s view of the #MuellerReport â€“ complete with acknowledgment that the Trump team received a sneak preview. Itâ€™s more urgent than ever that Special Counsel Mueller testify before Congress,” Pelosi wrote.
AG Barr has confirmed the staggering partisan effort by the Trump Admin to spin public’s view of the #MuellerReport – complete with acknowledgment that the Trump team received a sneak preview. It’s more urgent than ever that Special Counsel Mueller testify before Congress. https://t.co/waoGzLntlt
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) April 18, 2019
But, as NKT Network reminds us, once upon a time, in 1998, whenÂ Democratic President Bill Clinton was in the independent counsel hot seat and nearing impeachment, Pelosi was singing a much different tune:
…[I]n 1998, when the House of Representatives was debatingÂ H.R. 525, which called for the immediate public release of Starrâ€™s 445-page report on Clintonâ€™s sex scandal, Pelosi said she believed Clinton should have been allowed to review the Starr report before Congress.
â€œMr. Speaker, for seven of the eleven years that I have served in Congress, I have served on the Ethics Committee or the ethics task force. It is from that perspective that I have several questions to ask,â€ Pelosi said.
â€œIf indeed what we are talking about here today is the process under which the Starr report will be released, why then have the airwaves been filled with details of the Starr report for the last 36 hours? It has supposedly been under lock and key here. One can only assume the leaks are coming from the independent counselâ€™s office,â€ Pelosi continued.
â€œMy second question is to you, Mr. Speaker: Why would you not afford the President of the United States the same opportunity you were given by the Ethics Committee of having almost a weekâ€™s advance notice to review the charges against you, and so that you could have your response be part of the report?â€ Pelosi asked then-Speaker Newt Gingrich.
We know; it doesn’t much more comical than picturing Nancy Pelosi sitting in judgment of anyone on the HouseÂ Ethics Committee. But beyond that, the hypocritical nature of her demands then and her position on the Mueller report now bear mentioning.
Pelosi, at the time, was referring to anÂ Ethics Committee investigation into Gingrich, “which resulted in the House officially reprimanding Gingrich for claiming tax-exempt status for a college course that was run for political purposes,” NKT Network reported. “Ultimately, the resolution passed with an overwhelming majorityÂ 363-63. Pelos, however,r was one of the handful of House Democrats that voted against the resolution.”
No wonder Congress remains the governing institution with the lowest approval rating.
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