Rantz: Rep. Pramila Jayapal failed miserably in Robert Hur ‘exonerated’ soundbite

Mar 12, 2024, 10:26 AM

Robert Hur exonerated...

Former special counsel Robert K. Hur testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on March 12, 2024 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

(Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Radical progressive Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Seattle) sneakily tried to get Special Prosecutor Robert Hur to tacitly agree that he “exonerated” Joe Biden during his investigation into illegally stored classified documents. She failed miserably and ended up highlighting Hur’s position more than it otherwise would have been highlighted.

“So this lengthy, expensive and independent investigation resulted in a complete exoneration of President Joe Biden,” Jayapal said to Hur Tuesday morning. “For every document you discussed in your report, you found insufficient evidence that the president violated any laws about possession or retention of classified materials. The primary law that you analyze for potential prosecution was part of the Espionage Act, 18 U.S.C. 793, which criminalizes willful retention or disclosure of national defense information. Is that correct?”

Hur acknowledged that the Espionage Act was “one statute that we analyzed.” But then he unequivocally corrected the record, despite Jayapal’s attempt to stop him.

“I need to go back and make sure that I take note of the word that you used. ‘Exoneration.’ That is not a word used in the report and that is not part of my task as a prosecutor. The judgment that I received and that I ultimately reached was relating to whether sufficient evidence existed such that the likely outcome would be a conviction,” Hur responded.

“You exonerated him,” Jayapal said.

“I did not exonerate him,” Hur said firmly. “That word does not appear in the report, Congresswoman.”

Jayapal so desperately wanted the soundbite to show Biden was cleared. It could have earned her some points with Biden. But like everything else she touches, it failed in a spectacular way. This moment is now being used to define the newsworthiness of today’s hearing.

Listen to The Jason Rantz Show on weekday afternoons from 3-6 p.m. on KTTH 770 AM (HD Radio 97.3 FM HD-Channel 3). Subscribe to the podcast here. Follow Jason on X, formerly known as TwitterInstagram, and  Facebook. Download the KTTH App here.

Jason Rantz on AM 770 KTTH
  • listen to jason rantzTune in to AM 770 KTTH weekdays at 3-7pm toThe Jason Rantz Show.

Jason Rantz Show

KTTH Opinion

Seattle media bias...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: Seattle media bias on full display as Fox 13 promotes activists blocking traffic

Fox 13 churned outa glorified press release for activists blocking traffic for a cause they may champion. This blatant Seattle media bias.

15 hours ago

Crisis Care Centers...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: King County will sneak ‘harm reduction’ supplies into Crisis Care Centers levy to enable addicts

King County officials don't seem eager for you to realize they're spending taxpayer dollars on drug paraphernalia to treat addicts with their Crisis Care Centers levy.

2 days ago

Seattle teacher Trump...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: Seattle teacher has unhinged freakout in screed over Donald Trump

After seemingly realizing Donald Trump will win re-election, a retired Seattle teacher went on an unhinged rant in an editorial.

3 days ago

Photo: State Senator Manka Dhingra, a Democrat from Redmond, keeps lying about a prosecutor's job t...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: Democrat Manka Dhingra says she’s a prosecutor in Attorney General campaign, but King County says otherwise

State Sen. Manka Dhingra, a Democrat from Redmond, keeps lying about a prosecutor's job to bolster her fledgling attorney general campaign.

4 days ago

shredded American flag...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: Veteran outraged as building flew shredded American flag over pristine LGBT Pride flag

A building housing a WA state agency flew a shredded American flag over a pristine LGBT Pride flag for weeks into Independence Day.

5 days ago

Seattle heatwave...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: Amidst record heat wave, Puget Sound Energy asks Seattle area customers to use less energy

The Seattle area is experiencing a heatwave and customers are turning on their AC units. But Puget Sound Energy can't handle the demand.

5 days ago

Rantz: Rep. Pramila Jayapal failed miserably in Robert Hur ‘exonerated’ soundbite