This week has been tumultuous for the incoming Trump cabinet officials. As their confirmation hearings ramp up, the opponents of Trump’s cabinet picks are systematically picking apart the records of those Trump will keep as his closest allies. Yet when democrats grilled Jeff Sessions, Trump’s pick for Attorney General, Trump found a new ally in one of old opponents.
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Ted Cruz, one of the last remaining republicans that Trump had to overcome in the primaries, had had enough of his colleagues bashing on e of their former colleagues. He spoke out Tuesday, during Sessions’ confirmation hearing, and called into question the record of every democrat in attendance.
It began with a barrage of questions from the left, including some direct attacks from Senator Al Franken. Franken challenged Sessions’ on many points, questioned the veracity of Sessions’ record, and accused him of lying.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz wasn’t buying the democratic rancor.
“Senator Franken engaged you in a discussion that I think was intended to undermine your character and integrity. And in particular, Senator Franken suggested that you had somehow misrepresented your record,” Cruz said to Sessions.
“It is unfortunate to see members of this body impugn the integrity of a fellow senator with whom we’ve served with for years. It is particular unfortunate when that attack is not backed up by the facts.”
And then, if that wasn’t direct enough, Cruz blasted all of the democrats gather at the hearing. How can they expect the nation to take them seriously in their opposition to Sessions, when they all remained silent while the Obama administration willfully broke federal laws?
“When the Department of Justice used Operation Choke Point to target legal businesses because they disagreed politically with those businesses, the Democrats on this committee were silent,” Cruz said. “When the Obama Justice Department sent millions of dollars of taxpayer monies to sanctuary cities that were defying federal immigration law, the Democrats on this committee were silent.”
“When the Obama administration refused to enforce federal immigration laws and unilaterally re-wrote this laws, the Democrats on this committee were silent,” Cruz added. “When the Obama administration released tens of thousands of criminal illegal aliens including rapists and murderers into the general population, the Democrats on this committee were silent.”
“When the Department of Justice signed off on the Obama administration paying a nearly $2 billion ransom to Iran, contrary to federal law, the Democrats on this committee were silent,” Cruz said. “When the Obama administration ignored and rewrote provision after provision of Obamacare contrary to the text of the law, the Democrats on this committee were silent. When the Obama administration signed off on illegal recess appointments, that the Supreme Court had to strike down unanimously, the Democrats on this committee were silent.”
“And when the Obama administration released five Guantanamo terrorists, without the required notification of Congress, the Democrats on this committee were silent.”
And after Cruz spoke, it might be noted, that the democrats present were stunned into silence.