The “hearing” by the House Judiciary Committee of Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker on Friday was just that.
It was more than that, too. The number of times the Committee’s Progressive-Democrats talked over and interrupted Whitaker’s answers, even dictating what his answers must be (“Answer yes or no”), before he could complete them was breathtaking. Not a single Progressive-Democrat let him complete his answers to each of their questions; most of them wouldn’t let him complete any of them. Here’s the 6-hour C-SPAN video of the hearing; see for yourself.
When Whitaker protested his being blocked from answering, Committee Chairman Jerold Nadler (D, NY) insisted that the time allotted to each member is that member’s to do with as he sees fit: “The gentleman [the committee member] controls the time.” That’s true, as far as it goes.
Whitaker, as are all witnesses testifying before any House committee (or Senate committee, come to that), was sworn to tell the truth.
Do you swear or affirm under penalty of perjury that the testimony you’re about to give is true and correct to the best of your knowledge, information and belief, so help you God?
It’s impossible to tell the truth, to be correct, without complete answers containing all the truth, all the facts, as understood by the witness. The Progressive-Democrats’ repeated prevention of Whitaker from telling all of the truth, stating all the facts, in answer to the question put before him comes perilously close to suborning perjury, if not outright do so.