APPROPRIATE OR NOT?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jul. 12, 2018) — During his remarks as the ranking member of the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee while FBI agent Peter Strzok was testifying on Thursday, aides seated close to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD7) held up signs bearing likenesses of four individuals who entered “guilty” pleas in the Special Counsel’s “Russia” investigation.
The aides stood and held up the signs for several minutes, the duration of Cummings’s allotted time.
At one point, Cummings paused as if he were expecting another sign or prop to be displayed. It appeared that questions then arose as to the propriety of the props, with a Democrat congresswoman challenging apparent objections by some. After several moments, Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte eventually said it would be permitted.
Cummings invoked the names of former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn, George Papadopoulos, Rick Gates, and Paul Manafort. All were indicted on charges unrelated to the Trump-Russia investigation. Cummings also mentioned the “13 others,” all Russians, indicted as a result of the Special Counsel’s probe.
While Cummings and fellow Democrat Jerrold Nadler stressed that Goodlatte and Oversight & Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy were allegedly breaking promises they made not to “interfere” with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, the two Republican chairmen stressed what they believed was Strzok’s “bias” as revealed in thousands of text messages in connection with the 2016 election.
Cummings also invoked the name of Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former personal attorney, whose offices were raided by the FBI in early April, suggesting that he might have committed misdeeds somehow connected with the Russia investigation.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.