Republican Rep. Mark Meadows fired back at Congressional colleague, Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib, during a heated exchange on Wednesday.
During the Wednesday hearing, which focused on allegations against White House counsel Kellyanne Conway, Meadows clashed with Democrats, including Tlaib, who attempted to interrupt him prompting the congressman to reply, “It’s MY time, Tlaib!”
House Democrats have repeatedly accused Conway of having violated the Hatch Act, prompting outrage from Meadows and other Republicans.
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) caused a stir at a congressional hearing when he snapped at Democratic colleague Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and challenged the integrity of the witness.
On Wednesday, the House Oversight Committee held a hearing on White House counselor Kellyanne Conway’s repeated violations of the Hatch Act, at which the Office of Special Counsel’s Henry Kerner faced questions about his agency’s investigation.
Democrats on the committee had Mr. Kerner establish, repeatedly, that he is a “conservative Republican” who was appointed by President Donald Trump, and who “voted for Ronald Reagan,” in an effort to refute the notion that the OSC’s recommendation for Conway to be fired was motivated by partisanship.
Meadows began his questioning by suggesting that Kerner’s actions were personal, saying, “Mr. Kerner, she made you mad, didn’t she? Kellyanne Conway made you mad.”
“I would not describe that, no,” Kerner replied.
“Well, you mentioned to numerous people that she poked you in the eye,” Meadows said, to which Kerner replied “Sure
“So, you don’t get mad when you get poked in the eye?” Meadows said.
“I would describe my reaction as being disappointed,” Kerner said.
“Well I know you’re describing it that way, but you talked to multiple people how you were mad, how you felt pressured to put out this report. Isn’t that true?” Meadows asked.
“No that’s not true, no,” Kerner said, at which point Meadows repeatedly reminded the witness he was under oath.
“I had a conversation which I expressed that because she had made those statements, I felt we ought to have an answer to those statements,” Kerner explained, and went on to add, “I did tell them that I thought that what she said was inappropriate, it was a poke in the eye, that’s correct, but there was no pressure in terms of, the report was written.”
Meadows told Kerner that, “that dog doesn’t hunt, because you’ve told multiple people, it wasn’t just the White House counsel.”
Meadows then began questioning Kerner about which senator was presiding the last time the Hatch Act was amended, for some reason, and when Rep. Tlaib tried to speak while Kerner consulted his staff, Meadows snapped, “It’s MY time, Tlaib!”
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