Representative Steve Scalise, House GOP Whip, joined me this morning:
HH: Joined now by Congressman Steve Scalise, House GOP Whip. Congressman, welcome back, good to talk to you.
SS: Hugh, it’s always great to be back with you. How are you doing?
HH: I am terrific, and my audience always wants to know how is your recovery doing?
SS: Oh, appreciate that. It’s going really good. We, it’s doing a lot of rehab, still, but able to walk with crutches, but trying to get to walk without crutches, and that’s, you know, that’s getting closer to being a real goal.
HH: Now you know, Congressman, when someone like you who’s been the victim of violence, and I mean deadly violence that could have resulted in a massacre of you and all of your colleagues, you watch yesterday’s coverage of 40 weirdos, and ten times that many lefty weirdos, what goes through your head? Is TV making it worse?
SS: Well, I think it’s the latter and the time. And you know, you can have, you know, express your views in your passionate way that you should, but when people try to incite violence, when people talk in a way where you know, gee whiz, if Republicans repeal and replace Obamacare, how many times did they say you’re going to die and people were, you know, this is just crazy stuff. And you know, it’s one thing to try to make your point. It’s another thing to go so far over that you’re inciting violence from people that might already be a little bit loose on the edge.
HH: Do you think the cable networks, television generally, are participating in that incitement by providing the platform?
SS: Well, I don’t really think, you know, in terms of what platform it is. I do think there is a level of accountability that the media ought to hold people to when they’re inciting this kind of violence. And you don’t see that enough. You really don’t see, especially when you’ve had true violence already taking place. I mean, clearly in my case, you know what the intention of the shooter was. It wasn’t just me. He was targeting Republicans. And there needs to be more, I think, more accountability on the side of the media when people go out and say things that truly incite violence against others.
HH: Left and right.
SS: Left and right.
HH: Now Congressman, let’s go to something that’s near and dear to me. On Saturday, Representative Jim Jordan tweeted that Bruce Ohr, former associate deputy AG, that’s not number four in the department, it’s an aide to number two, but will be in front of Congress on August 28th. His wife worked for fusion GPS, the oppo research firm for Clinton, from Jim Jordan. Do you know which committee Mr. Ohr will be appearing in front of?
SS: I think it’s Judiciary, but I’m not positive about that. And in the end, I think it’s good that we continue to bring in more and more people within the Department of Justice to really get to the bottom of some of the problems they have internally. And look, I want a fully functioning FBI and Department of Justice, and a department that you have confidence that if they’re investigating a case, there’s no political bias. They’re actually just trying to get the facts. They’re not trying to get an outcome. And unfortunately, I think we’ve covered enough to show that hasn’t been the case especially as it relates to different parts of the Trump investigation where you did have people that had a political bias and were trying, in essence, take down Donald Trump before he was even elected president. And that’s a problem that the FBI ought to be wanting to aggressively work with us to work out, and I don’t see enough of that, yet.