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September 17, 2019

At the end of a contentious hearing on Tuesday, House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) told President Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski that his behavior was "completely unacceptable" and "part of a pattern by a White House desperate for the American people not to hear the truth."

The committee's Democrats are investigating whether to recommend articles of impeachment against Trump, and Nadler said the hearing focused on "presidential obstruction of justice and abuse of power." Lewandowski had been ordered by Trump to not answer any questions about conversations they had after Trump became president, and Nadler said this was "troubling" and "an absolute cover-up by the White House." Nadler also said he was considering holding Lewandowski in contempt.

Throughout the nearly six hours of testimony, Lewandowski refused to answer certain questions or danced around them. Nadler told him that by doing so, he was "obstructing the work of our committee," and also "proving our point for the American people to see — the president is intent on obstructing our legitimate oversight. You are aiding him in that obstruction." Lewandowski did take the time to praise Trump and accuse Democrats of hating Trump "more than they love their country." Catherine Garcia

April 9, 2019

The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing Tuesday on the rise of white nationalism, prompted by last month's shootings at two New Zealand mosques that left at least 50 people dead.

YouTube livestreamed the hearing, but had to disable the chat feature after about 30 minutes due to an influx of racist and anti-Semitic comments, The Associated Press reports. Executives from Google and Facebook were asked by lawmakers how their companies are working to keep hate crimes from spreading; the New Zealand gunman livestreamed his attack and posted a racist manifesto. "There is no place for terrorism or hate on Facebook," the company's director of public policy, Neil Potts, said. "We remove any content that incites violence."

In late March, Facebook announced it was banning white nationalism and white separatism from the social media site, and Potts said the company is always searching for people with ties to hate groups so they can be kicked off. Catherine Garcia

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