Disappointing – Only Three Lawmakers Attended Priestap Testimony…

UPDATE: 7:45pm – According to email from congressional staff, participation at the closed hearing was limited to only those selected by Committee Chairman (Gowdy, and Goodlatte).  The hearing was not available to all committee members.  Only Jordan, Meadows and Krishnamoorth were allowed to participate. 

Yesterday FBI Director of Counterintelligence E.W. “Bill” Priestap testified to a joint session of the House Judiciary and House Oversight committees.

The hearing was a matter of strong public interest.  Mr. Priestap was questioned for approximately seven hours.  However, journalist Olivia Beavers covering for The Hill dropped a detail that most, including myself, might find rather curious:

(The Hill) […] Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), however, said he felt that Priestap didn’t say anything that would indicate there was “political bias that motivated the Hillary Clinton email investigation.”

Priestap “completely” backed up everything that Comey said, according to a source familiar with his testimony.

Only three lawmakers — Jordan, Meadows and Krishnamoorthi — attended the hearing, which took place on the first day after a weeklong recess.

Priestap’s interview comes after the joint House investigation stalled for months after being first announced.  (more)

Yes, despite the hearing being a joint session of both the House Judiciary and House Oversight committees only three congressmen, two republicans and one democrat attended:  Jim Jordan (R), Mark Meadows (R), and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D).

Not only did only three congressional reps attend, but Chairman Trey Gowdy and Chairman Bob Goodlatte did not attend.

What does that tell you?

We have previously noted the disconnected interest when we discussed how few congressional reps were going to the DOJ and/or FBI offices to actually view documents.  Now we see one of the key and central figures in the DOJ and FBI conduct coming to Capitol Hill and only three Reps attend the hearing.

Could it be the vast majority, ie. UniParty, don’t want to know?

Disappointing.

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503 Responses to Disappointing – Only Three Lawmakers Attended Priestap Testimony…

  1. Bob Thoms says:

    All of them need to show up on Hannity, Ingraham, Tucker, Bartiromo, et al and explain their absence !

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  2. Bob Thoms says:

    Was Preistap under oath when he testified?

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    • Bob Thoms says:

      If not, it was a waste of time and I don’t blame Nunes for no-show. It is obvious these hearings are going to be nothing burgers. Cancel them.

      Get on with the indictments, perp walks, plea deals, jury trials, and sentencing.

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      • Jayne Gilmore says:

        Nines isn’t on these committees. Besides, SD update at 7:45pm. Only these 3 were allowed soall these pages of comments need to do a remake!

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        • Maquis says:

          Not entirely. We still do not know the why of these few alone selected. We have heard no objections from those excluded. We don’t know if the excluded parpicitated in their own de-selections. We don’t know if this was requested by Hats Black or White. The purpose has yet to be explained to the public.

          No, concern, serious minded inquiry, and reflection upon motives of these players remains a highly relevant subject of discussion.

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  3. Erik Dee says:

    Sundance you’ve talked about this in other posts in the past that if liberals do not read the documents then they are not responsible for knowing it. This intentional ignorance then allows them to go out and frame a different narrative or make any kind of statement they want to the press. Once they have read the docs or heard the testimony, it locks them into a certain track and they become responsible for anything false that they say that contradicts what we know they know.

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    • Jan says:

      Even if they sit thru the hearings, ask questions, read documents, etc. the Dimms still come out differently when it doesn’t support their position. Look at Schiff for brains & Swallowbad. Unfortunately, this has also rubbed off on RINOs, GOPe as well. It must have been the Pelosi “you have to vote for it in order to read it” that showed them the proper way to be a Congressman.

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  4. Fools Gold says:

    No, it’s the fact that politicians only show up for televised public hearings when voters are watching. What did they have to gain by going to a classified hearing when the public has no idea what was said? They don’t give a shit unless it’s widespread public opinion…

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  5. Bob Thoms says:

    The writing was on the wall;;;; months turning into a year + of Congress demanding this and that,,,threatening this and that…but never taking the step of impeaching or holding in contempt any of the DOJ stonewallers.

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  6. Drogers says:

    re: the update
    Well, that makes it a horse of a different color.

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  7. jessbarnesphd says:

    Not surprised in the least about Gowdy… but Goodlatte? I’m almost devastated and for sure **speechless** that he blew it off. I fully expected him to be a man of honor, and have lost almost all respect for him at this point- all hot air and no actual backbone.
    This really has me concerned about the real outcome and punishment of those involved in this unbelievable and unprecedented conspiracy to unseat a duly elected president, etc etc.

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    • jessbarnesphd says:

      Just saw Sundance’s update… that makes me feel a LITTLE better but I am beyond suspicious at this point. FOOL ME ONCE SHAME ON YOU… FOOL ME TWICE SHAME ON ME

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  8. MaineCoon says:

    Well I see the udate as I was just going to write my thoughts (really). Remember Bill P. is married to the extremely well connected wife, Sabrina menscha (dad, sr direct Godlman Sachs). We’ve gone over her background here extensively. Nope. Bill isn’t going to be exposed to the normal channels. He many, many lawyers would have negotitated the terms and conditions for his testimony. Remember extensive Israel background. He’s too connected, to important, has to be protected, this all makes sense.

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  9. Shadrach says:

    Thank you, SD. This is how this should be done. Nice flashing red letters. I wish the rest of the media had your scruples.

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  10. Wink says:

    See, I knew it wasn’t something to freak out about.

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  11. Harleyd says:

    The only surprise here is we expected something different.

    The FIX is in. Forget Ryan, Gowdy and Goodatte. Remember, they are all leaving “Government Service”.

    The only “Service” is their steadily increasing bank accounts.

    Nunes and (maybe) Grassley are our only Congressional hopes. And please remind me when anything Congress does actually matters. Note how Eric Holder is suffering mightily for being censured. (s)

    We can read all these blogs for entertainment, but they just repeat themselves.

    Nothing matters until key Swampers are indicted.

    The rest is just noise.

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  12. jeans2nd says:

    Limited to just those three, huh?
    Well, that is one way to cut down the number of leaking suspects. Although one suspects this has more to do with Congressional plausible deniability than anything else.

    This kind of stuff is exactly why people are so turned off by politics and politicians, and refuse to vote. Boggles one’s mind over the corruption that the corrupt participants refuse to acknowledge.

    Were it not for Pres Trump, this commenter would not even bother.
    But doggone it, Pres Trump has not given up, and we are all Pres Trump has.
    Incorrigibly, Deplorably Loyal.
    We are here for the long haul.

    If this is all they have…Pfffft.
    What’s next? We are up to it.

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  13. Suncc49 says:

    Meadows and Jordan both are patriots or seem that way. Gowdy I always smelled as a rat from the beginning.

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  14. jello333 says:

    Ah… GOOD. I just now noticed Sundance’s UPDATE. While it doesn’t really explain WHY Goodlatte made that decision, I still feel better than I did when it looked like 90% of the people just couldn’t be bothered.

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    • WSB says:

      I agree! I just flipped over from the 6/07/18 PresThread posting the calamity of three people showing up to the hearing. After being updated, switched back here. This must be a want of witnesses who will be killed if they leak anything.

      Schiff was in the restroom! LOL!

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      • glissmeister says:

        And Krishnamoorthi’s cellphone on speaker phone dialed in to Shifty manning the throne with his earbuds in.

        Photoshop geniuses, Shifty in the stall may be the next great meme.

        Might make it a threefer with Brennan stall left and Mueller stall right.

        Earbuds. In arrears.

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  15. Anonymous says:

    Maybe they feel the same way we do about videos versus text. Just way more time efficient to read testimony than to watch 7 hours of chatter.

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  16. Echo says:

    So you were wrong.
    Priestap didn’t roll over, didn’t take immunity and didn’t plea…..
    An important witness you say, nah, he knows the DoJ has his back.
    And Trump won’t fix it.
    Ok.

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  17. Bill Priestap was and still is the FBI Asst Director for Counterintel. What does that tell you? It says a decision has been reached that Bill Priestap is still and without reservation the best man to hold the role. Is it going too far out on a limb to suggest that Mr Priestap may have been doing his own counterintel operation on an insidous plot to damage the Presidency used faked intel reports…just sayin.

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    • Maquis says:

      Interesting though, that he directed key changes in the Hillary exoneration letter to undo clumsy damning missteps made, presumably, by Comey.
      N’est-ce pas?

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  18. Kris says:

    I don’t know which is more bizarre, only three were invited by Gowdy and Goodlatte or that Gowdy and Goodlatte were not even there????

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    • Harleyd says:

      Remember, Comey did not attend Hillary’s “interview”.

      The fix was in then. The fix is in now.

      Howdy and Goodlatte were too busy counting their money.

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  19. scarlettbr says:

    The Update, doesn’t explain WHY only three and WHY only these three or WHY only the Democrat was allowed to release a statement.

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  20. rudy1876 says:

    So all that venom and know-it-all disgust I spouted makes ME the idiot. I needed the reminder to keep my mouth shut because I don’t know anything about what’s going on in D.C. That omission in the original story was pretty bad man.

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    • Maquis says:

      That omission was unknown at the time of posting.
      The new facts were updated promptly and clearly.
      Poop happens.
      Questions remain, and most posts remain relevant even if only to reflect upon the nature of the beast we are facing down.

      GBPDJT
      🇺🇸

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  21. Dr.Jay says:

    ” Only Jordan, Meadows and Krishnamoorth were allowed to participate. ”
    Good to hear & makes sense.
    So Jordan is handling this part of the investigation and would be the main person asking prepared questions. Then we have a democrat plus one more. Not sure why 3 instead of 2 in this case. Looks more like a (friendly?) deposition.

    But 7 to 8 hours without constant interruptions and back and forth means a very intense session and there was a lot to talk about…

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