Outgoing Democrat congressman and vociferous Trump critic Luis Gutierrez grilled deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein during testimony at the House of Representatives on Wednesday.
Rep. Gutierrez got on his high horse in front of the House Judiciary Committee to discuss imagined Russia collusion, but was quickly proven to be “all hat and no cattle.”
Probably sensing the special counsel probe into alleged Russian collusion by the Trump campaign is a giant nothingburger, Gutierrez tried to steer the narrative onto the Democrats’ next line of attack.
The Illinois congressman rattled off a myriad of unfounded allegations of sexual misconduct against Donald Trump, saying in part:
“Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I would like to ask you about sexual assault by the president of the United States of America.
Over the past few days, echoing previous allegations made against the president in the past several years, at least 16 women have come forward to say that the president of the United States felt them up, kissed them without permission, put his hands under their clothing without permission, groped them, touched their genitalia, walked into dressing rooms unannounced to see them naked, and made other unwanted sexual advances that, to everyone, are clear violations of the law.
Gutierrez, who recently announced he won’t be running for re-election and is under fire for paying his wife $430,00 of campaign funds, went on to say that he believed Trump’s accusers, and pointed out that Dem. Sen. Al Franken resigned over similar allegations — how convenient.
After his long-winded tirade, Gutierrez buttered up Deputy A.G Rod Rosenstein with a few empty compliments before finally going in for the kill.
“Would it be appropriate for you to investigate these and other allegations of assault and unwanted sexual advances by the President of the United States?” Gutierrez asked.
Rosenstein did not take the bait.
“Congressman, I am happy to take any questions regarding oversight of the Department of Justice,” Rosenstein began. “With regard to that matter or any other allegation that you think warrants investigation, I will invite you to submit the evidence, and the department will review it,” Rosenstein said. “If you believe there’s a federal crime, that applies to any alleged violation by any person.
“That’s all I have to say about that.”
And that’s all it took to set Gutierrez off in his usual fashion.
“But Mr. Rosenstein, you’re the number two top law enforcement officer in the nation,” the clearly dejected Congressman said. Then he went on to list hypotheticals in an attempt to play “gotcha” with the president.
“Let me ask you, if a person on a train went and kissed a woman, is that a crime?” Gutierrez asked.
Again, Rosenstein wasn’t having it.
“Wouldn’t be appropriate for me to answer,” Rosenstein said.
Better luck next time, Gutierrez.
This isn’t Gutierrez’s first failed attempt at “gotcha.” The Dem. Rep. fizzled badly when he brought up the “Trump dossier” last month and was completely destroyed by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
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