Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) spoke with leftwing MSNBC Tuesday morning where he attacked President Trump on the issue of former White House counsel Don McGahn testifying, and he ended his appearance by slipping on a red “Making ‘Russia’ Great Again” hat.
The stunt was a clear attempt to mock President Trump’s signature campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”
Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee filed a motion Monday to expedite the panel’s lawsuit seeking to enforce a subpoena against former White House counselor Don McGahn.
In the new court filings, Democratic counsels argue their investigation, which they say is a time-sensitive matter because their probe expires in early January, is being severely delayed as a result of the White House blocking McGahn’s testimony, reported The Hill.
“McGahn’s refusal to testify harms the Judiciary Committee by depriving it of a witness and information that are essential to its investigation, thereby impeding the Judiciary Committee’s ability” to conduct “the most urgent duty the House can face: determining whether to approve articles of impeachment,” the court document reads.
“That refusal also is impeding the Judiciary Committee in its ability to assess the need for remedial legislation and to conduct oversight of [the Justice Department]. All of these tasks are time-limited. The House, and with it the Judiciary Committee’s investigation, expires on January 3, 2021. The delay caused by McGahn’s refusal to testify thus severely impedes the Judiciary Committee’s ability to do its time-sensitive work,” it continues. (Continued Below)
House Democrats are asking a U.S. district judge in the District of Columbia to grant declaratory and injunctive relief by declaring “that McGahn’s refusal to appear before the Committee in response to the subpoena issued to him was without legal justification” and to “issue an injunction ordering McGahn to appear and testify forthwith before the Committee” about his testimony to former special counsel Robert Mueller and to other questions they may have, per The Hill.
When asked what an expedited ruling means and when is the cutoff for the decision, Steve Cohen claimed, “I don’t think there’s a cutoff at all. Justice delayed is justice denied. We’ll get to it.”
“The council did ask that it be expedited and I think the court will respond positively. McGhan is our most important witness. He was witness to obstruction of justice and the fact that he’s been obstructed from appearing before us, is even more obstruction of justice. This President now does things in the open, transparently,” he said. (Continued Below)
“Normally, you’d think somebody being transparent is being good. But what he’s doing and suggesting that witnesses not comply with requests for appearances to testify and or for documents, is really obstruction,” Cohen asserted. “And he’s using the courts to do it in a legal way, but it’s still obstruction.”
Before ending the segment, Cohen said that President Trump has “got so use to getting his way and doing whatever he wants.”
Then, he slipped on a red hat that read, “Making ‘Russia’ Great Again” and said, “I just want to show you what’s happening in America.”
MSNBC host Morgan Ratford said she couldn’t read the hat’s words, Cohen clarified: “Make Russia Great Again.” “Oh my word, okay. Congressman, thank you for joining us this morning,” Ratford said.
Cohen, previously caught backlash for trying to mock Attorney General William Barr with a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken at a House hearing that Barr refused to attend. (Video Below)
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