During a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) ripped Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) for accusing Attorney General Merrick Garland of being in contempt of Congress due to his refusal to provide comments on ongoing investigations.
Massie had referenced Garland’s previous testimony from two years ago when Garland declined to discuss ongoing criminal inquiries related to the January 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot, and asserted that Garland’s actions were obstructing Congress’s constitutional oversight responsibilities.
Swalwell responded to Massie by displaying a clock indicating the number of days Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) had avoided testifying before Congress in response to a subpoena linked to the January 6, 2021 events.
Swalwell emphasized, “That is quite rich, because the guy who’s leading the hearing room right now, Mr. Jordan, is about 500 days into evading his subpoena,” Swalwell said. “So, if we’re going to talk about contempt of Congress, let’s get real. Are you serious?”
Swalwell then rebuked the Kentucky lawmaker for delivering a “lecture” on compliance with subpoenas and contempt of Congress.
“Jim Jordan won’t even honor a lawful subpoena. Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me? There is no credibility on that side,” Swalwell said, referring to Republicans.