House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler ended up in an embarrassing situation during an eight-hour House hearing on Thursday, as he repeatedly called a former Trump administration aide by the wrong name three times.
Hope Hicks, who served as White House communications director under President Donald Trump, took part in a closed-door hearing where lawmakers attempted to grill her to learn about her time in Trump’s White House.
Nadler seemed to be the only one in the room with his proverbial wires crossed, as he referred to Hicks in his questioning as “Ms. Lewandowski” not once or twice, but three times.
Hicks even began the hearing by introducing herself as “Hope Hicks.” But apparently, 72-year-old Nadler had other people on his mind. According to Daily Caller, on the third instance of Nadler referring to her incorrectly, Hicks had to interject, as it was getting ridiculous.
“Yeah. Ms. Lewandowski, I think, in reading this — “
“My name is Ms. Hicks,” she said.
“I’m sorry, Ms. Hicks,” Nadler replied. “I’m preoccupied.”
— Byron York (@ByronYork) June 20, 2019
We may never know why Nadler repeatedly got her name wrong, but it might have something to do with rumors that Hicks was once involved with Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager.
Their alleged relationship was never confirmed, though in Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury,” the author claimed that Hicks and Lewandowski were involved. The White House denied Wolff’s information, writing it off as “fiction.”
According to The Hill, lawmakers at the hearing asked Hicks about Lewandowski and his relationship to Trump while he served as campaign manager. They specifically wanted to know whether the president told Lewandowski to send a script to former Attorney General Jeff Sessions stating that Trump was not being treated fairly regarding the Russian interference probe.
So, if that’s why Nadler — even subconsciously — was referring to Hicks as “Ms. Lewandowski,” it sounds as if the only thing he was “preoccupied” with was finding a speck of dirt on the president.
What would be nice is if lawmakers like Nadler — who have repeatedly called for Trump’s impeachment — would let go of the fact that he isn’t involved in a fantasy conspiracy and instead do their jobs.
Although Trump has upheld his promise to “Make America Great Again,” there’s still a lot of work to be done — work in which Congress needs to be involved.
Right now, by launching countless, meaningless investigations into Trump and his administration based on virtually nothing, all they’re doing is wasting time and taxpayer dollars.
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