Fighting Breaks Out Over Intense Congressional Hearing

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( – On Thursday morning during the House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) had slammed Republican lawmakers who had participated in FBI Director Christopher Wray’s hearing and were going to be interrogating Lina Khan, the FTC Chair, arguing that they were hypocritical and lacked integrity.

In his statements he claimed that the Republican lawmakers had previously attempted to weaponize and overthrow the government on Jan. 6. One Republican lawmaker then interrupted him asking if he was accusing them of lacking integrity.

Cohen replied by requesting the Chairman to ask whoever had spoken to “shut up.”

Later in the hearing, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) had alleged that Khan, a British-born American with Pakistani parents, had been slammed by the Republicans for her work only because of what her ethnicity was. He argued that when they have a witness that looked like her they used “the politics of personal destruction” and that only witnesses who looked like her were being accused of incompetence or lacking the skills to lead.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who also questioned Khan called for Johnson’s comments to be stricken from the record as he had made “a racial slur” against the Congress members including himself. Issa argued that he had treated a white man on the previous day in the exact same way.

Republicans blasted Khan who they alleged had mismanaged the agency and politicized rulemaking. They also kept citing a recent ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California which allowed Microsoft to buy Activision Blizzard. The FTC has stated it will appeal this decision.

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