Former Secretary of State gives explosive testimony against Trump family on Capitol Hill
Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday snuck on to Capitol Hill for a closed-door hearing with the House Foreign Affairs Committee, in which he ripped Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner for being a menace to actual foreign policy experts at the State Department and criticized Trump's dealings with Russia, according to a report from the Daily Beast.
Unlike other former administration officials who heeded Trump's orders to refuse to testify before House committees, Tillerson actually reached out himself to the House Foreign Affairs Committee and offered to testify, the Daily Beast reported.
And over the course of a six-hour-long interview, the former top diplomat — who was unceremoniously fired from his role after he notoriously called Trump a "moron" — didn't hold back to the committee's lawmakers.
Tillerson criticized Trump for his refusal to confront Russia on the country's flagrant interference in the 2016 election.
And Tillerson added that Trump's "management style" prevented him from ever creating a "disciplined" process at the State Department to brief Trump on important foreign policy matters, the Daily Beast reported.
One of the people who thwarted Tillerson's attempts to get foreign policy proposals drafted by actual experts to Trump was Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who has been tasked with the monumental goal of Middle East peace.
Kushner has no foreign policy experience, and the fact that he's even able to work on such a sensitive issue given the intelligence community's concerns about granting him a top-secret security clearance make Kushner's role in helping negotiate Middle East peace all the more confounding.
In fact, Trump had to overrule the CIA's objections in order for Kushner to get that security clearance in the first place — an incident the House is trying to probe but is being thwarted by Trump's obstructive acts.
This is not the first time Tillerson has spoken his mind about what he truly thinks of Trump.
Back in December, Tillerson said Trump is "undisciplined," "challenging" to deal with, and "doesn't like to read."
Tillerson even said back in December that Trump would have to be pulled back from breaking the law.
"So often, the president would say, 'Here's what I want to do, and here's how I want to do it,'" Tillerson said at an event in Texas, "and I would have to say to him, 'Mr. President, I understand what you want to do, but you can't do it that way. It violates the law.'"
Tillerson's interview with the House Foreign Services Committee was all behind closed doors.
But given the candid comments Tillerson made that make Trump look bad, it's no wonder Trump has tried to thwart other administration officials from testifying in public about their time in the White House and the things they witnessed Trump doing.
Published with permission of The American Independent. Attribution: Emily Singer.