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Rep. Gaetz Criticizes Law Professor for Making Reference to Trumps Son Barron

A law professors reference to Barron Trump, the 13-year-old son of President Donald Trump, during the House Judiciarys impeachment hearing on Wednesday was met with rebuke by one lawmaker on the panel.

“While the president can name his son Barron, he cant make him a baron,” Pamela Karlan, a law professor at Stanford University, stated during the hearing.

Later, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) blasted Karlan and cut her off at one point.

“When you invoke the presidents sons name here, when you try to make a little joke referencing Barron Trump, that does not lend credibility to your argument. That makes you look mean,” he told her during the hearing.

Constitutional scholars (L-R) Noah Feldman of Harvard University, Pamela Karlan of Stanford University, Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina, and Jonathan Turley of George Washington University are sworn in prior to testifying before the House Judiciary Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 4, 2019. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Gaetz also pointed out to the other Democratic impeachment witnesses that they donated to Democratic politicians including former President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, and others.

He asked her why she donated $2,000 to Hillary Clintons campaign as compared with the $1,000 donation she made to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). She confirmed the claims he made.

Gaetz then read a quote from Karlan in which she said “liberals tend to cluster more. Conservatives, especially very conservative people, tend to spread out more, perhaps because they dont even want to be around themselves.”

Karlan acknowledged making the comments and tried to explain. Gaetz then cut her off and said, “You dont get to interrupt me on this time.”

Earlier in the day, the White House issued a statement about the hearing and Karlans Barron Trump reference.

“Classless move by a Democratic witness. Prof Karlan uses a teenage boy who has nothing to do with this joke of a hearing (and deserves privacy) as a punchline. And whats worse, its met by laughter in the hearing room. What is being done to this country is no laughing matter,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.

If wiretapping a political opponent is an impeachable offense, I look forward to reading that inspector generals report, because maybe its a different president we should be impeaching. #ImpeachmentHearing #ImpeachingHearings pic.twitter.com/vsrroCConX

— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaRead More – Source

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