Brit Hume nukes Jan 6 one-sided political dog and pony show: In 50 years covering DC, this is a first

Mild-mannered Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume let loose on Twitter over the biased Jan. 6 inquisition, taking exception with the committee being selected entirely by one party and not allowing cross-examination.

“I’ve covered Washington for more than 50 years, including 11 years covering Congress specifically. I’ve never seen a committee all of whose members were chosen by one party, and where there is no cross-examination or any attempt to present both sides,” Hume tweeted blasting the committee on Friday.

That response was prompted by a tweet from conservative pundit Byron York who astutely concluded, “there’s a long tradition of adversarial process in congressional hearings/investigations” and “something is wrong” with the Jan. 6 committee.

Hume is no wallflower when it comes to criticizing the committee. He has taken a number of the committee’s members to the woodshed over it including Chairman Bennie Thompson, Zoe Lofgren, Adam Schiff, Pete Aguilar, Stephanie Murphy, Jamie Raskin, Elaine Luria, and anti-Trump Republicans Liz Cheny and Adam Kinzinger. He proclaimed the committee is “one-sided.”

The Founding Editor of Politico, John F. Harris, tweeted, “.@brithume could have covered Washington for 240 years and not seen a president challenge the lawful transfer of power in this way, nor seen members of Congress let institutional responsibilities be so eclipsed by devotion to/fear of a cult of personality.”

Hume shot back, “What a poor justification for discarding all Congressional precedent and norms in investigating Trump’s disgraceful post-election behavior.”

One commenter stated, “If you want to compare it to a trial, this is the prosecution’s opening argument. That’s it.”

Hume replied, “So how and when will the defense get to make its opening statement?”

Inside Edition host Steve McPartlin decided to chime in before getting smacked by Hume, writing, “You may have forgotten that republicans had the opportunity to be represented but chose not to be serious about their representation! If this needs to be compared to a legal proceeding to be accepted than it is t is like a grand jury where their is no adversarial representation!”

Hume proceeded to eviscerate him, “Being ‘serious about their representation’ is a lovely euphemism for being allowed to appoint only members acceptable to Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats.”

In a game of intellect, Hume wins every single time.

The theme by the Fox News contributor is ongoing. On June 11, he called the hearing an “utterly one-sided presentation,” according to Fox News

“It is not normal for a supposedly bipartisan committee to have its members all chosen by one party,” he tweeted on June 6.

“Let’s be clear about this committee, while it is bipartisan, it is bipartisan on paper only because all the members of the committee, including the two Republicans who serve, were appointed by the Democrats. By Nancy Pelosi in fact, and she was careful to choose the two Republican members who could be counted on to agree with the conclusions already reached by her,” Hume stated.

“This is very much a partisan hearing, which is not to say that interesting facts won’t come out and they won’t make an interesting presentation in primetime but, look, this is only partially a hearing to determine the facts,” Hume added. “It is as much as anything else an effort to give the Democrats an issue that they can run on when nearly all the other issues that people care about are working against them.”

While Hume seems to be no fan of former President Donald Trump – he has called Trump’s behavior “outrageous” and “utterly disgraceful” following the 2020 election – he sees the inherent bias in the committee’s witchhunt.

On June 23 Hume tweeted, “The 1/6 committee is pounding home the point that Trump tried to overturn the 2020 election. He certainly did. But the testimony has not come close to establishing Chairman Bennie Thompson’s claim that we came ‘critically close to losing our democracy’ that day,” before asserting, “Outrageous behavior by a president unable to admit error or defeat to be sure. But the near-death of American democracy? Not even close.”

Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), who sits on the January 6th committee, responded to Hume’s tweet, stating, “Definitely one-sided, just not in how you think it is.”

“Hey Brit. It’s been all republicans testifying. Definitely one sided, just not in how you think it is. And as you well know, Kevin McCarthy took his ball and went home. You all sound nervous,” the juvenile anti-Trumper tweeted.

Friday, he referred to those running against his cohort Liz Cheney in Wyoming as “armpit farters.”

As a reminder, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) pulled all five of the Republicans he selected to sit on the Jan. 6 committee last year after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) rejected two of his choices, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.)

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