House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md) will testify tomorrow afternoon in an unprecedented hearing before the Select Committee investigating how the Democrats violated House rules to produce a fraudulent result on August 2, 2007.
According to a “notice of hearing” obtained by HUMAN EVENTS, and as explained to us by House sources, Hoyer – along with Cong. Michael McNulty (D-NY) – will be the first members to testify in such a hearing in the history of the Congress.
Members often testify in behalf of bills they introduce or in behalf of presidential nominees they favor (or against those they oppose). But it is only in the rarest occasion do they face potentially hostile questions, in ethics committee hearings. Tuesday’s hearing before the “Select Committee to Investigate the Voting Irregularities of August 2, 2007” will be the first time in the history of the House that members of Congress have faced such an inquiry and been subjected to questioning by members of the opposing party.
As I reported last October Republicans reacted with outrage at the maneuvers apparently pulled by Hoyer, acting as House leader and McNulty, who was presiding over House proceedings at the time. Republicans had made a motion to deny illegal aliens welfare benefits. When McNulty gaveled the vote to a close, the Republicans had won 214-213. Then, apparently at Hoyer’s direction, the vote was reopened so that Speaker Pelosi could vote, producing a tie that defeated the Republican motion.
A video of the proceedings can be seen here. In the video, the House parliamentarian apparently objected to the reopening the vote and Boss Hoyer can be heard scolding the parliamentarian, saying “We run this House, not the Parliamentarians.”
The resulting furor — and the video evidence of the manipulation of the vote — forced the Democrats to agree to formation of the Select Committee.
HUMAN EVENTS has learned that the Select Committee’s Republicans have produced a video — using the original — that details Hoyer’s and McNulty’s actions on August 2. It could be an explosive piece of evidence.
The hearings are planned for Tuesday and Wednesday. Also scheduled to testify are House Parliamentarian John Sullivan, Ethan Lauer and Max Spitzer (both of the Parliamentarian’s office), Kevin Hanrahan of the House Clerk’s office, Jerry Hartz and Caitlin O’Neill (two Pelosi staffers) and Jay Pierson of the Minority Leader’s office.
Under Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Hoyer, the House has become less a democratic institution than a tool of the Democrats’ agenda. These hearings could be a game-changer. Stay tuned.