The Russian investigation by the House Intelligence Committee is becoming a tool for the Democrats to get cheap headlines according to a Republican member.
The latest example is following White House Communications Director Hope Hicks’ 9 hour testimony where the Democrats twisted an innocent statement that she, like everyone does, tells little white lies for her boss.
The Democrats twisted this statement to get the liberal media to run stories that she routinely lied for Trump.
Following the story, she announced her resignation.
Rep. Tom Rooney is now calling for an end to the investigation. It’s gone on long enough and nothing has been discovered to show there were any Russian ties to the Trump campaign.
Republican Rep. Tom Rooney says the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russia meddling in the 2016 presidential election has gone “completely off the rails” and “needs to end” (Corrects previous tweet) pic.twitter.com/rIShWwPnnb
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“On Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “OutFront,” House Intelligence Committee member Tom Rooney (R-FL) argued that the committee’s investigation should end because it has “gotten to the point now where we’re literally bringing people in for nine hours just so the Democrats can leak to the press something as ridiculous as white lies, not having anything to do with the Russia investigation, but that that drives the whole story for the whole next day.”
Rooney said, “The committee hearing yesterday lasted for nine hours, and the one thing that got out…that Hope Hicks lies for President Donald Trump was obviously leaked by the Democratic side of the aisle to the media, and that has driven the news today, not the nine hours testimony that she gave of her knowledge of what Russian collusion — or lack thereof there may have been in the 2018 — or ’16 election cycle, but this one nugget.”
Nine hours of testimony and all the members of the committee discovered was the possibility that a staffer occasionally made fibs for her boss. This is akin to your boss telling you “I’m busy, please tell him I’m not here.”
He continued, “And that’s why, tonight, I’ve asked our Chairman, Conway, that we need to end this investigation. It’s been going on for a year. We’ve interviewed scores of witnesses.
And now, we’ve gotten to the point now where we’re literally bringing people in for nine hours just so the Democrats can leak to the press something as ridiculous as white lies, not having anything to do with the Russia investigation, but that that drives the whole story for the whole next day.”
Rooney further stated, “The question was, have you ever lied for the president? And — which, as you know, is an extremely broad question.
That could be like me telling a staffer to tell somebody that’s calling me on the phone that I’m not here. That would be asking my staffer to lie for me. So, that would include what the question being asked was.
So, I actually chimed in at that moment and said, can we please specify as to whether or not you’re asking her if she’s ever lied for the president with regard to the Russia investigation, her testimony here, or anything that she said during this testimony? Because then that would be an impeachable — in a courtroom, that would be impeaching the witness that she’s not truthful.
And of course, to that, she said that she has not lied with regard to any of those things. So, then the question was, so you’re talking about white lies? And then she repeated that. It wasn’t exactly in that timeframe, but that’s how the term white lies came out.”
Rooney added, “It was a trap. And that’s what our investigation has become. … If we have reduced ourselves so far to get to the point now where we’re just leaking stuff like this, rinky-dink things like Hope Hicks tells white lies for her boss, then we have gone completely off the rails, and this investigation needs to end.”
Rep. Rooney rarely does media appearances but thought this latest outrage by the Democrats warranted his public call to end the investigation.
He also stated, “I don’t want to imply at all that whatever Mr. Mueller is doing is somehow legitimate or illegitimate. That is a completely separate criminal investigation that has nothing — or should have nothing to do with the House Intelligence Committee investigation. … His investigation is his investigation, and I’ll just leave it at that.”
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