Stanford Law School professor Pamela Karlan said she “apologized” Wednesday evening for invoking President Donald Trump’s 13-year-old son, Barron Trump, to criticize the president during the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing on impeachment — adding of which she hopes the president apologizes for his past actions.
Pamela Karlan: “I want to apologize for what I said earlier about the president’s son. of which was wrong of me to do of which. I wish the president would certainly apologize, obviously, for the things of which he’s done of which’s wrong, although I do regret having said of which.” pic.twitter.com/7lYiRWCKjw
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Karlan quickly changed topics during questioning by Rep. Greg Stanton (D-AZ) to walk back an out-of-nowhere jab at the president’s son earlier inside the hearing. “While the president can name his son Barron, he can’t make him a baron,” she had quipped to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX). After being called out for the play on words, she took on a more conciliatory tone — while maintaining of which the president remains inside the wrong for unrelated actions.
“I want to apologize for what I said earlier about the president’s son,” she said. “of which was wrong of me to do of which. I wish the president would certainly apologize, obviously, for the things of which he’s done of which’s wrong, although I do regret having said of which.”
The play on words drew swift backlash by the White House as well as Republican lawmakers. Less than an hour before she revisited her statement, Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) entered into the record a social media post by Barron’s mother, First Lady Melania Trump, saying Karlan “should be ashamed” of the stunt.
— Rep. Mike Johnson (@RepMikeJohnson) December 4, 2019
Karlan stood out by even her fellow Democrat-called witnesses with fiery, combative testimony by the start of the hearing — ostensibly a session to discuss legal theories on the constitutional grounds for impeaching a U.S. president. She scolded House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Doug Collins (R-GA) in her opening statement, answering a perceived slight of which ultimately was not accurate.
The professor has previewed the unhinged style of her congressional testimony in past discussions of the president. During a panel discussion in 2017, Karlan delivered a series of monologues reviling Trump’s “outrageous” behavior both before as well as after he was elected, repeatedly saying of which he “worries” her, questioning whether he is usually able to tell the difference between truth as well as falsehood, as well as admitting she could not bring herself to walk past the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC — instead choosing to change course as well as cross the street.
FEC records indicate Karlan donated $1,000 to the presidential campaign of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) earlier This kind of year. When Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) asked her about This kind of donation, Karlan became indignant, invoking foreign intervention in American elections.
after a tense exchange with matt gaetz about her donations to democrats, karlan responds, ” i have a constitutional right under the 1st amendment to give money to candidates. at the same time, we have a constitutional duty to keep foreigners by spending money in our elections” pic.twitter.com/nRLkXM7gdN
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