Like virtually the entire Republican Party, it is almost impossible for Texas Senator John Cornyn to go an entire day without saying something mind-numbingly hypocritical. But on Monday, Cornyn was at the Senate Committee hearing speaking with former Acting U.S Attorney General Sally Yates, trying to get to the bottom of the national security issue that is the Trump White House. In Sen. Cornyn’s case, he’s interested in trying to disparage Yates for defying the Trump administration’s attempts to thwart the Constitution.
Sen. Cornyn: Miss Yates, you had a distinguished career for 27 years with the department of justice and I -- I voted for your confirmation because I believed that you had a distinguished career but I have to tell you I find it enormously disappointing that you somehow vetoed the decision of the office of legal counsel with regard to the lawfulness of the president's order and decided instead that you would counter the executive order of the President of the United States because you happened to disagree with, as a policy matter. I just have to say that.
Yates: I appreciate that, senator, and let me make one thing clear, it was not purely as a policy matter. In fact, I remember my confirmation hearing, an exchange I had with you and others of your colleagues, where you specifically asked me in that hearing that if the president asked me to do something that was unlawful or unconstitutional—and one of your colleagues said ‘or even just that would reflect poorly on the department of justice,’ would I say no?—And I looked at this, I made a determination that I believeds that it was unlawful. I also thought that it was inconsistent with the principles of the department of justice and I said no and that's what I promised you I would do and what's that I did.
Sen. Cornyn, probably realizing that his weak-ass attempt at grandstanding had just gotten smacked down, tried to come back with more of his weak sauce.
Sen. Cornyn: I don't know how you could say it was lawful and say it was within your prerogative to refuse to defend it in a court of law and leave it for the court to decide.
Yates: Senator, I did not say it was lawful. I said it was unlawful.
Watching these Republicans attempt to go toe to toe with public servants that have even an ounce of integrity is pretty amusing.
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