Rubio Slams Dems for Using Taxpayer Money to Hire TV Producer for Jan. 6 Hearings

Rubio Slams Dems for Using Taxpayer Money to Hire TV Producer for Jan. 6 Hearings marco rubio speaks at a conference Sen Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at The Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida, on Feb. 25. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

By Charlie McCarthy | Tuesday, 07 June 2022 07:58 AM

Sen Marco Rubio, R-Fla., blasted the Jan. 6 House panel for hiring a network executive to produce its prime-time hearing set for Thursday night.

Axios reported Monday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's partisan select committee ā€” comprised of Democrats and two anti-Trump Republicans ā€” had employed former ABC News President James Goldston to produce the prime-time hearing.

"Instead of focusing on $5 gas,6000 illegal immigrants a day,record fentanyl deaths,or the violent criminals terrorizing America democrats use taxpayer money on a TV producer for the prime time political infomercial from the Jan 6th circus," Rubio tweeted Monday morning.

The senator's tweet included a gif of a clown and sign reading, "HERE COMES THE CIRCUS."

Rubio earlier this year ripped into liberals' "ridiculous and shameless hypocrisy" for their outrage over the Capitol attack while they "downplayed" riots across the U.S. in 2020.

"Get ready to witness the shameless hypocrisy of the far left politicians & liberal activists masquerading as journalists who downplayed & excused riots & looting during the summer of 2020," Rubio tweeted with a video on the one-year anniversary of the attack.

Rubio previously broke with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who described the Jan. 6, 2021 events as a "violent insurrection."

"There was no way they were going to overthrow the government of the United States," Rubio told NewsNation in early February.

"Iā€‹ā€‹t was a riot. It was a dangerous riot. It was a violent one. It should have never happened, and it should never happen again. But I also do not think people should be misled to think this somehow was on the verge of overthrowing the government."

The House select committee has employed Goldston partly because it wants the prime-time hearing to draw the attention of Americans who haven't followed its probe in hopes that the Jan. 6 events resonate in voters' minds as the November midterm elections approach.

Rubio last week expressed concern over the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation's use of taxpayers' dollars to bankroll international projects focused on climate change and gender equity.

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