Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerrold Nadler nearly fainted at a press conference alongside New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Friday; prompting staff and top aides to rush to the politician’s side.
“Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler appeared weak and on the verge of passing out at a presser held by Mayor Bill de Blasio Friday morning,” reports NBC New York. “Video from the press conference at P.S. 199 shows de Blasio and others coming to Nadler’s aid offering water and asking him if he was OK.”
“During one point in the press conference, held to discuss expanding school zone cameras, you can hear de Blasio offering water to Nadler and telling him that he looked a little dehydrated,” adds the article. “When de Blasio asks Nadler if he was OK, Nadler can be heard responding with a faint ‘no’ before putting his hand over his face.”
The mayor asked him if he was OK and Rep. Jerry Nadler could be heard responding a faint "no" before putting his hand over his face. https://t.co/gNK3E08dji
— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) May 24, 2019
The incident comes as Nadler continues to demand Attorney General William Barr appear before his committee over Robert Mueller’s Russia report.
“The Trump administration, and its enablers, may brazenly try to cover up the misdeeds uncovered by the special counsel,” said chair Jerrold Nadler, “but on this committee we will represent the American people and ensure the truth is known.”
“Our fight is not just about the Mueller report — although we must have access to the Mueller report,” Nadler said. “Our fight is about defending the rights of Congress, as an independent branch, to hold the president accountable.”
“We will have no choice but to move quickly to hold the attorney general in contempt if he stalls or fails to negotiate in good faith,” Nadler added. “But the attorney general must make a choice. Every one of us must make the same choice. That choice is now an obligation of our office.”
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
FIREWORKS: Acting Attorney General CUTS OFF Rep. Nadler Mid-Question, ‘Your Time Is UP’
President Trump’s Acting Attorney General abruptly ended a line of questioning from Rep. Jerrold Nadler Friday morning; telling the legislator his “five-minutes are up” after he exceeded the agreed upon time limit.
Acting AG Matt Whitaker was speaking before the House Judiciary Committee Friday when he cut-off Nadler’s question, saying “Mr. Chairman, I see that your five minutes is up I’m here voluntarily I agreed to five-minute rounds”
In an extraordinary move, Acting AG Whitaker cut off Chairman Nadler's questioning by noting:
“Mr. Chairman, I see that your 5 minutes is up." pic.twitter.com/x9qrf0VHL7
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 8, 2019
“Mr. Chairman, I see that your five minutes is up I’m here voluntarily I agreed to five-minute rounds. I think that’s a fine place to end the five-minute rule… This might be a good breaking point,” said Whitaker.
FLASHBACK TO 2012: Rep. Nadler TRASHES ‘Shameful’ Move to Hold the Attorney General in Contempt
Rep. Jerrold Nadler led his House Judiciary Committee Tuesday in a vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in ‘Contempt of Congress’ despite calling the “politically-motivated” move “shameful” just years ago.
“Just joined the #walkout of the House chamber to protest the shameful, politically-motivated GOP vote holding AG Holder in contempt,” Nadler tweeted in 2012.
Just joined the #walkout of the House chamber to protest the shameful, politically-motivated GOP vote holding AG Holder in contempt
— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) June 28, 2012
Nadler joined more than 100 Democrats in a “walkout” protest when Republican lawmakers voted to hold then-Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt.