“This guy didn’t even have a good enough sense to have Bojangles chicken.”
Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., ridiculed as “theater” a stunt by Rep. Steve Cohen in which the Tennessee Democrat ate a bucket of KFC fried chicken during a Thursday House hearing in a bizarre attempt to mock Attorney General William Barr, who had declined to show up for a second day of congressional testimony.
Tillis also criticized Cohen’s choice of fast food chicken, saying he “didn’t even have a good enough sense to have Bojangles chicken.”
He excoriated Democrats Thursday for their continued efforts to litigate the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, which found that neither President Donald Trump nor his associates had colluded with the Kremlin to influence the 2016 election.
Barr was called to testify this week for his handling of the Mueller report’s release as well as a four-page letter in which he summarized the investigation’s findings. The attorney general has repeatedly declared has repeatedly declared that the Russia investigation found Trump did not collude with the Russian government.
“What this boils down to is theater. Some of it almost to the level of comedy. There was a House hearing today, and I’m about to put up a picture that actually was on C-SPAN that actually occurred in the House hearing,” Tillis said. “You tell me whether the chair of that Committee is actually serious about this subject when you’ve got a guy eating fried chicken in place of where they wanted Attorney General Barr to be. This guy didn’t even have a good enough sense to have Bojangles chicken. And they have the chair and others to have that kind of theater in a House Committee room.”
“Really? Can you honestly say you’re serious about this or is this like a circus and a political tool because you lost? You wanted the president to be guilty. You wanted to prove that he obstructed,” Tillis added.
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The North Carolina lawmaker’s speech was sparked by Democrats’ repeated criticisms of Barr, their continued insistence on wrongdoing by Trump and calls for Mueller to testify before Congress.
Tillis argued that after the nearly two-year-long Russia investigation, which cost taxpayers almost $30 million, it was time to move on.
“I will tell you, I think the American people want my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to focus on what Americans are really worried about,” he said. “They are worried about their economic security, their healthcare security. They are worried about keeping a job. They are worried about sending their kids to college and putting them through school.”
“If you want to win an election next year, stop playing games, and stop the theater. The president is not guilty of a crime,” Tillis added.
Earlier in the day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused Barr of committing a “crime” by lying to Congress during a House Appropriations Committee hearing last month.
“The attorney general of the United States of America was not telling the truth to the Congress of the United States. That’s a crime,” Pelosi told reporters during her weekly press conference.
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