'Political Warfare': Watters, 'The Five' on Dems Threatening Gov't Officials' Salaries
Jesse Watters said Tuesday that Democrats are now resorting to "brass knuckle tactics" after a House committee chairman reportedly threatened to withhold the salaries of officials who do not comply with his panel's investigations.
In a news release, House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said he advised the Department of the Interior in writing that "any official at the Department who 'prohibits or prevents' or 'attempts or threatens to prohibit or prevent' any officer or employee of the Federal Government from speaking with the Committee could have his or her salary withheld pursuant to section 713 of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act."
Other departments were sent similar letters, according to the release.
"Those are some brass-knuckle tactics," Watters said on "The Five."
"Why can't we withhold their salaries, by the way?" Watters asked, referring to congressional Democrats. "They've lied for two years about the president."
Watters said the situation could be described as "political warfare."
He remarked that it would be difficult to withhold President Trump's salary, because the president has made it a custom to donate the full amount to a government department he believes needs the funds.
Dana Perino, who served in the George W. Bush administration, said she had never heard of such a threat being made during her time in Washington.
Watters went on to highlight that a large majority of Americans, including 70 percent of independents, do not support impeachment.
He said Democrats are trying to "cook up a new crime," vowing to hold Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt of Congress, after the Mueller report did not support their collusion allegations.
Watch the full discussion above.