Fiery 'Ask Questions Instead of Running for President': Top GOP Rep Blasts Swalwell for Grilling of AG Whitaker
House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Doug Collins blasted Democratic committee member Eric Swalwell for what he considered to be badgering of Attorney General Matt Whitaker.
Collins, of Georgia, interrupted Swalwell to call for a "point of order," arguing to Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) that Swalwell was straying from the focus of the hearing.
Swalwell (D-Calif.) was grilling Whitaker on whether F.A.C.T. [Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust], a think tank at which he previously served as executive director, took "foreign contributions."
Collins had previously called for a point of order at another time during the hearing, to which Nadler called for members to vote on whether the point was valid.
As many of the Republicans had already left the hearing, Collins admitted he was "outgunned" but that Swalwell was going "outside the scope of the hearing.
"Did your watchdog organization ever receive contributions from foreign donors?" Swalwell asked.
Swalwell fumed at Collins, saying that if he "wanted to be [Whitaker's] lawyer," he could move and sit down in the gallery.
"Neither are you [his lawyer], Mr. Swalwell, and Mr. Cicilline," Collins responded, criticizing the Rhode Island congressman for similar questions.
"If you'd ask questions that are actually part of this [hearing] instead of running for president, we could get this done," Collins said to Swalwell.
Swalwell is not an announced candidate for 2020, but has been the subject of speculation in that regard.
"The point of order is not well taken," Nadler added, dismissing Collins' interjection.