Continetti: House Hearings Are Just 'Entertainment'

Hearings are Dems' attempt to prove they might impeach Trump

September 17, 2019

Washington Free Beacon editor in chief Matthew Continetti said Tuesday that the hearings organized by House Democrats to grill President Donald Trump's former staffers are just "entertainment" designed to placate the far-left wing of the party.

Continetti's comments came after former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski testified before the House Judiciary Committee about his involvement in the campaign. Lewandowski took a number of combative stances throughout the hearing, leading committee chairman Jerry Nadler (D., N.Y.) to declare that Lewandowski's "behavior in this hearing room has been completely unacceptable."

During an appearance on Fox News Channel's Special Report, Continetti said Democrats "missed an incredible marketing opportunity" in these hearings.

"They're putting these hearings up on C-SPAN for free," Continetti said. "They should be selling the rights to a streaming service and charging admission and adding extra for popcorn, because this is entertainment. It's theater."

Nadler's committee has also held day-long sessions involving former Trump adviser Michael Cohen, as well as a closed-door hearing with former White House communications director Hope Hicks. Continetti argued Nadler's strategy has been to pander to the Democratic voter base.

"We are not sure whether it is an impeachment investigation, or is it, or is it not," Continetti said. "It is simply there to prove to the far-left Democratic base that the Democrats, yes, maybe one of these days, will get around to impeaching Donald Trump."

Impeachment has been a divisive topic among Democratic leadership. Nadler has expressed support for it, while Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) have tried to tamp down Democrats' interest in it.