Nadler says Trump is trying to distract from Mueller hearing, backs resolution over Cummings tweet

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) was on the receiving end of a timely assist with his Sunday appearance on ABC’s “This Week.”

Responding to a series of tweets President Trump directed at Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and his rat and rodent-infested” West Baltimore district — tweets that came after a segment on Fox News featuring a black GOP strategist calling attention to the living condition there — host George Stephanopoulos asked Nadler if the Democrat-controlled House would introduce a resolution condemning the president.

“I don’t know, it wouldn’t be a bad idea,” Nadler replied.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi passed a similar resolution in response to Trump calling out the “squad” of four radical freshman Democrats over their contempt for America. The common bond being that the targets are all people of color, thus Trump must be racist.

Reading into Trump’s tweets, and exposing his own bias, Stephanopoulos suggested the president was calling Cummings corrupt by asking where all the federal money being sent to his district is going.

Trump tweeted, “Why is so much money sent to the Elijah Cummings district when it is considered the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States. No human being would want to live there. Where is all this money going? How much is stolen? Investigate this corrupt mess immediately!”

 

Baltimore received over $1.8 billion from President Barack Obama’s 2009 stimulus package.

Buying into the left’s talking points that Trump is a racist, the ABC News anchor set his guest up nicely to get his pound of flesh.

“The president is, as he usually is or often is, disgusting and racist,” Nadler replied. “He makes these charges with no base at all.”

Desperate to keep a focus on the Mueller report — and despite the disastrous performance last week by special council Robert Mueller — Nadler pontificated on Trump’s motives.

“And they are designed to distract attention from the serious allegations about his conduct that came from the committee hearings this week,” he said.

In effect, Nadler lied on national television with no push back from Stephanopoulos.

“The fact is, the president accepted help from the Russian to attack our elections,” the Democratic lawmaker said, never mind that Muller found no evidence that the Trump campaign conspired with Moscow.

“He’s just trying to change the subject, which is what he usually does,” Nadler added.

With much of America moving on from the Mueller report, Nadler is fearful that the subject had already been changed after Mueller dashed what little hope he still had to  impeach Trump.

Not knowing when to give up, the curmudgeon chairman held a news conference on Friday to say he’ll turn to the courts to seek access to grand jury evidence compiled by Mueller’s 22-month investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and to compel former White House Counsel Don McGahn to testify about Trump’s efforts to impede the probe.

Nadler reportedly met with Pelosi after Mueller’s testimony to discuss their next steps and the speaker shot down his efforts to move on impeachment.

In a play on words, Nadler tried to give reporters the impression that he was pursuing that path, desperate to drag the witch hunt out as long as possible while he essentially looks for a needle in a haystack.

In search of headlines, Nadler said he doesn’t need to launch a formal impeachment inquiry because his committee is already conducting one with their investigation of Trump.

Asked if their ongoing probe is effectively the same as an impeachment inquiry, he replied, “In effect.”

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