Rep. Shirley Jackson Lee, no stranger to controversial, uber-partisan behavior, showed up at a House Judiciary Committee hearing wearing a shiny gold “H” for Hillary Clinton presidential campaign pin Wednesday.
The agenda for the day was a continuing probe into Clinton’s use of a private email server to conduct official State Department business, including the transmittal of classified information.
It’s probably safe to say that Jackson Lee is fine with that.
FBI Director James Comey was being examined that day on his agency’s decision to recommend that no charges be brought against the former secretary of state.
And if the campaign pin worn by the Texas Democrat didn’t provide a hint of her leanings, the accusatory tenor of her questions sealed the deal.
“[Republicans] want you to prosecute, or ask the DOJ to prosecute, Secretary Clinton regardless of the facts,” she said to Comey, according to Fox News. “So they’ve engaged in an almost daily ritual of holding hearings, desperately trying to tear down the investigation.”
The day before, Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine was spotted also wearing a gold “H” campaign pin. When a reporter asked him about it, the Virginia Democrat removed it.
Kaine comes to Senate flr for vote wearing his "Hillary" lapel pin. I ask him about it. He says he forgot to take it off.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) September 27, 2016
Fox News reported:
The House has guidelines restricting certain forms of campaign-related activity, but there is no apparent ban on wearing pins. However, while it is not unusual in the slightest for representatives to express their political beliefs on Capitol Hill, wearing campaign paraphernalia during an oversight hearing is more of a rarity.
Jackson Lee’s expression of support was also noted in a Reddit post titled, “Don’t mind me, just doing my impartial oversight with my shiny gold H pin on.”
Replied one: “’It’s different when we do it’
-The Democratic National Party, circa 2016”
Another recalled an incident involving the congresswoman nearly 20 years ago:
“In 1997 she confused Mars with the moon, by asking if pathfinder had taken a picture of the flag planted by Neil Armstrong.”
That same day Jackson Lee was seen on the House floor addressing a vote to override President Obama’s veto of a bill that would permit families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia.
Georgia’s Doug Collins told the director that he “blew it” on his investigation of Clinton.
South Carolina’s Trey Gowdy wondered aloud, given the stack of evidence against against the former secretary of state, “what would Hillary have had to do” to warrant prosecution.