The House Oversight Committee’s first hearing on the impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden got pretty spicy when a Democratic congressman decided to grill one of the witnesses about their past writings on polygamy. Like, seriously? We’re talking about polygamy now?
So, this congressman, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi from Illinois, starts asking this law professor, Jonathan Turley, about a 2006 op-ed he wrote defending polygamy. In the op-ed, Turley apparently said that polygamy shouldn’t be persecuted and that it has some kind of religious meaning. I mean, really, who defends polygamy?
But Turley’s got his defenses up. He responds by saying that he had represented a polygamous family in court, challenging a prosecution. Wait, what? People actually do that? The congressman interrupts and pushes him to admit his support for polygamy, and Turley just says, “The answer is yes.” Oh boy, this is getting weirder by the second.
Then, Krishnamoorthi accuses Turley of defending some guy named Tom Green, who was apparently convicted of child rape and polygamy. Turley tries to explain that he actually criticized the guy, but he was just defending the constitutionality of some “morals legislation” or whatever. Sounds like a whole lot of lawyering to me. But of course, the congressman interrupts him again. These interruptions are getting old.
The House Oversight Committee's first hearing on the impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden took a turn when a Democratic congressman began questioning one of the witnesses on his past writings on polygamy.https://t.co/QHzRZ0ndh8
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) September 28, 2023
Krishnamoorthi goes on to say that this whole hearing is a joke. He points out that one witness defended a convicted pedophile and another witness has some “extreme views” on their LinkedIn account. Ouch, that’s gotta hurt. He basically says that the witnesses and the whole impeachment inquiry have no credibility. Shots fired!
At this point, another Republican congressman, Rep. Andy Biggs, steps in and asks if the witnesses can defend themselves against these “malicious statements.” The committee chairman says they’ll have a chance to do that later. Honestly, I can’t wait to see how this plays out.
So, yeah, this is the first hearing since they announced an impeachment inquiry into Biden. But it looks like they’re getting sidetracked by polygamy and questionable witnesses. Can’t say I’m surprised. Politics is always a wild ride.