Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan condemned Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee for what became a pattern of asking questions of Attorney General William Barr only to interrupt and not allow him to answer.
Jordan, the top Republican on the panel, noted hours into the hearing that Democratic members had repeatedly cut off Barr while shouting that they were “reclaiming my time.” He asked why Democrats even invited Barr to testify if they were not going to allow him to answer their queries fully.
“I don’t think we’ve ever had a hearing where the witness wasn’t allowed to respond to points made, questions asked, and attacks — attacks made. Not just in this hearing, not just in this committee, but in every committee I’ve been on,” Jordan said. “Particularly when you think about the fact that we have the attorney general of the United States here.”
He added, “I want the attorney general to be able to have enough time to respond to accusations and questions asked him, and you guys not cut him off.”
New York Rep. Jerry Nadler, the Democrat who is chairman of the committee, told Jordan that what he wanted was “irrelevant.”
“Rudeness is on the other side,” Jordan said. “Time after time, you refused to let the attorney general of the United States answer the questions posed to him.”
Throughout the oversight hearing, which stretched from the late morning to mid-afternoon, Barr was repeatedly asked questions only to get cut off by Democrats who said they wanted to reclaim their allotted time (five minutes per member). The attorney general sometimes requested time to answer questions, but he was often denied by Nadler, prompting House Republicans to cede some of their time to Barr.
Clearly frustrated himself after being interrupted more than a dozen times with the “reclaiming my time” line, Barr vented about the disruptive tactic leader in the hearing.
After being cut off and reminded of the limited time by yet another Democratic member of the committee, California Rep. Lou Correa, Barr responded, “This is a hearing. I thought I was the one who was supposed to be heard.”Source’