Chucky baby is at it again. Oh yes, this time he really opened his mouth and inserted his size eleven foot, which, by this point, he must be good at doing.
You may remember the Senate was playing footsie with the confirmation of CIA Director Mike Pompeo over the weekend. That was, after all, the original reason the President went out to Langley on Sunday. Instead of disappointing hundreds of intelligence workers, POTUS went anyway to deliver some off-the-cuff remarks that the media proceeded to distort for a full day-and-a-half news cycle.
The back story on this little charade is just too delicious.
The Key Players: Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and of course, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
The Place: The U.S. Capitol
The Time: Friday, January 20th
Now, here’s the scoop according to Steve Hayes of The Weekly Standard:
The Senate reconvened after the inaugural ceremonies on Friday, with Pompeo’s nomination set to come up at 4:50 pm. Cotton angrily confronted Schumer about his broken promise. According to witnesses, Schumer told Cotton to lower his voice and asked him to move off of the Senate floor to an adjacent hallway for a private discussion. “We need to take this out into the hallway,” Schumer said. Cotton walked with Schumer but loudly rejected his first request. “Don’t tell me to lower my voice!” he shouted, with an additional salty admonition tacked on for emphasis. [Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard]Burr and Cornyn were present, as was Senator Mark Warner, ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and several aides.
Schumer told Cotton that the Senate had never previously confirmed a CIA director on Inauguration Day and if Cotton had been around eight years earlier, he’d know that Republicans didn’t extend that courtesy for incoming President Barack Obama. “Eight years ago, I was getting my ass shot at in Afghanistan,” Cotton snapped. “So don’t talk to me about where I was 8 years ago.”
Schumer, on the other hand, went into politics after graduating from Harvard and has never left. Unlike Sen. Cotton, he has never served in the armed forces and has made his living as a political operator for his entire adult life.
So, there you have it, folks. Just another day in the swamp.