Fox News’ Chris Wallace apologized Monday for his prediction last week that impeachment inquiry hearings before the House Judiciary Committee would be a little rowdier than those before the Intelligence Committee.
“I have to kind of apologize to the House Judiciary Committee because when they held their hearing last week a lot of us were saying, including me, that we expected this to be something of a circus in the beginning and that there was going to be a lot of parliamentary wrangling. In fact, there really wasn’t,” he told Fox News’ Sandra Smith.
The “Fox News Sunday” anchor went on, reviewing the hearing, overseen by Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler, that took place last week: “There were a couple objections brought up by members — Republican members — and there was also some question how adeptly Jerry Nadler would be able to handle it. He handled it very adeptly. Every time they made a motion, ‘He’d say, ‘Let’s table it,’ which basically means, ‘We’re going to just throw it in the trash.’”
Wednesday, when the Judiciary Committee held its first hearing in the probe, the anchor drew a clear distinction between the Judiciary Committee and the Intelligence Committee, which had heard all the previous testimonies so far.
“The Intelligence Committee — and Lord knows there were plenty of fireworks and histrionics there — but relatively speaking, the Intelligence Committee tends to be more sober, more behind-the-scenes,” Wallace explained. “It has 21 members, 22 members. The Judiciary Committee has 41 and the kind of member of Congress, on both right and left, who goes on intelligence is somebody who really wants to study and isn’t that interested in the cameras: national security issues, intelligence issues, closed briefings.”
Wallace described those on The Judiciary Committee in both the House and the Senate as people who tend to be people who want to fight the culture wars, want to talk about abortion or gun rights or immigration. “And this panel tends to have a lot of people, both on the right and the left, who are live wires, would probably be a nice way to say it,” Wallace said.