Maxine Waters went up against Treasury Secretary Mnuchin on Thursday, part of which was an obvious fishing trip that brought her no results. It’s seems the rest of it was just an opportunity to be mean and nasty towards one of those “evil Trumps” designed to make her feel good and draw attention to herself.
She first asks about a response to a letter sent out on May 23rd and why she hasn’t gotten a response. Without saying it’s because it was on her letterhead, with her signature at the bottom of it, Mnuchin goes on to frustrate the loud mouth from Los Angeles, first by complimenting her on what a great job she’s done as a Congresswoman from his state.
That obviously insincere wasting of her time starts the conversation down a path that must have had Waters boiling inside. She reclaims her time by talking over him and he forces her to by ignoring her many attempts to interrupt him, with the chairman having to intervene.
Waters thanks Mnuchin for his “compliments about how great I am, but I don’t want to waste my time on me.” She asks again, “I want to know about my May 23rd letter. You know about it, why did you not respond to me and my colleagues?
Mnuchin appeals to the chairman for some protection and civility, as per his understanding of the rules. Waters raises her voice, and condescendingly tells the Treasury Secretary, “What he failed to tell you was, when you’re on my time I can reclaim it.”
He goes on to tell her that the Dept of Treasury has cooperated extensively with the Senate Intelligence Committee, with the House Intelligence Committee, with the Senate Judiciary Committee… After an intervention again by the chairman in response to Waters’ obnoxiously repeating “reclaiming my time” as if she were at a Black Lives Matter rally or chanting “impeach 45” at one of her own idiotic racist and anti-American rallies.
Mnuchin tells Waters that they spoke with her chief oversight counsel yesterday and that they have been responsive, attempting to coordinate with her. He suggests that she get the information from the other committees, which takes the “making Trump jump through hoops in recognition of her greatness” component out, so that’s not going to be acceptable.
She then disputes whether he in fact contacted the counsel or just left a message, making certain that she gets the last word on the matter. She then conducts her fishing trip and is again, frustrated by her intellectual superior who recognizes her clumsy attempts from the outset.
She asks about the sale of assets owned by Americans, such as Anthony Scaramucci to foreign governments. While refusing to answer that specific question or even to acknowledge the situation existed, it would have been a perfect time to raise, by way of an example of a situation that he would never approve, the sale of an actual US Government asset, 20% of our uranium conducted by Hillary Clinton in exchange for bribes. Maybe next time, he had a lot going on.
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