Verbal Blows Between GOP Senators Caught on Camera

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., had a testy exchange with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., after the former blasted his colleagues for “trolling for soundbites” during on-camera hearings.

Just before Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was slated to speak to the committee, Sasse asked “how long we’re going to be here.” The committee was reviewing the FBI’s handling of the Russia investigation, which has touched off a series of tense partisan battles during the Trump administration.

“Some of us have other committees,” Sasse added. “With all due respect, I don’t think anybody in private ever disagrees with me when I say it’s bull—t the way people grandstand for cameras in here. The reality is that if we didn’t have cameras in this room, the discussion would be different.”

“The Senate doesn’t work, it doesn’t diffuse the partisan tensions that are leading the country toward dissolution … 90 percent of our committees are about people trolling for soundbites — that’s what actually happens. So, some of us have other work to do. People can troll for soundbites whenever they want but can we at least have a sense of when we’re going to take our votes so people can come back,”  Sasse said.

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