Posted: 3:30 pm Tuesday, July 12th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
Often when people talk to me about politics, whether about what’s going on in the Congress, or in the race for President, they express absolute shock at the views of those who support the other major party, as Democrats and Republicans look at the same item and come back with much different reactions on the pressing issues for America.
All of that was on full display at a hearing Tuesday of the House Judiciary Committee with Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
For Republicans, the hearing was a chance to demand answers from Lynch about the refusal to prosecute Hillary Clinton over her email practices as Secretary of State under President Obama.
They didn’t get far.
“It’s clear Attorney General Loretta Lynch has no intention of even answering the most basic legal questions,” said Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-VA), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
Other Republicans were left just as frustrated.
What do I say to the marines in my district when Hillary Clinton handles classified information in a careless way yet has no ramifications?
— Darrell Issa (@DarrellIssa) July 12, 2016
“Why did you not see fit to recuse yourself from the investigation,” asked Goodlatte, as the GOP argued that Lynch’s meeting with former President Bill Clinton left a feeling that there were different rules for Democrats.
“You have a problem Madam Attorney General, that people think there is a different standard for servicemen and Secretary Clinton,” said Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI).
Across the aisle on the Democratic side, it was almost a different hearing, as Democrats zeroed in on recent gun violence, and troubles between police and black Americans.
“I’m sure that many of my Republican colleagues will spend their time discussing the over hyped matter concerning Secretary Clinton’s emails,” groused Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY).
— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) July 12, 2016
“I’m going to focus instead on more important issues facing this country,” as Nadler turned to gun violence and how law enforcement deal with minorities.
And that’s how the hearing went. Back and forth.
Republicans zeroed in on Clinton and Lynch’s credibility.
Democrats moved on to how best to deal with gun violence.
Two different parties. Two different views.
And some might argue, two different versions of the truth, depending where you find yourself on the political spectrum.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.