Jan 19

Mnuchin Hearing Descends Into Early Chaos After Senator Offers “Valium” To Colleague:

Earlier this morning we predicted a fiery confirmation hearing for Trump’s Treasury Secretary pick, Steven Mnuchin.  And right on cue, the confirmation had barely begun when it was promptly derailed after Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas suggested that his colleague, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), should pop a valium before the next round of questioning.

“Sen. Wyden, I’ve got a Valium pill here that you might want to take before the second round….just a suggestion, sir.”

Of course, the comment didn’t go over well with Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee as Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) pounced on the remarks sending the hearing into a moment of pure chaos with Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) struggling to regain control.

 

“I just can’t quite believe that the senator would say that.  I just hope that doesn’t set the tone for 2017.”

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