The gun hearing descends into chaos when the Democrat yells at Republicans for testimony

A House Weaponization Subcommittee hearing went haywire Thursday when a Democratic congressman yelled at R-Ohio Chairman Jim Jordan for his party’s ability to “cross-examine” testimony from prominent Republicans.

The hearing, held to investigate the Biden administration’s alleged collusion with Big Tech to violate First Amendment rights, included testimonies from Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, former Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and former Missouri Assistant Attorney General for Special Litigation D. John Sauer.

The witnesses were given the opportunity to discuss their suit for censorship by the federal government, Louisiana and Missouri versus Biden et al. – which they filed in May 2022 and described as “the most important lawsuit against freedom of expression of this generation”.

Massachusetts Rep. Stephen Lynch was outraged after the witnesses left after giving their first testimony. “At least if we’re not going to have the opportunity to cross-examine, I would move that we remove the testimony of Senator Schmitt and Attorney General Landry,” Lynch told Jordan.


A House Weaponization Committee hearing went haywire Thursday when Democratic Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., yelled at R-Ohio Chairman Jim Jordan over his party’s ability to “cross-examine” testimony from prominent Republicans. (Tom Williams, Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

“You mean you want to censor it? You want to censor her testimony,” one Republican asked as he interrupted Lynch.

“I want to strike,” Lynch said repeatedly. “If we are unable to verify the veracity of what they say, the veracity of what they say…”

“You’ll get your five minutes when we get to the five minutes of the interview,” Jordan interjected.

“You’re not here to ask questions,” a Democrat representative said as the hearing descended into chaos and a screaming match between lawmakers.

“They are not here. You are absent. You rushed off with your complicity,” Lynch yelled at Jordan.

“They didn’t scoot away,” Jordan said over Lynch, acknowledging Sauer for his testimony.


“In a country of 330 million, you couldn’t find two people defending their statements,” Lynch said loudly across the room. “That’s pretty shameful.”

Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., called "hit" Three Republicans testified before the Weapons Committee Thursday.

Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., asked the Weapons Committee on Thursday to “strike” statements by three Republicans. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Amid the chaos, one Democrat said, “If it’s not armament to allow them to leave, then I don’t know what is, Mr. Chairman.”

Lynch then moved to adjourn the hearing, telling Jordan what took place was a “mockery and a disgrace.”

“The Lord was not recognized,” Jordan said over Lynch, prompting Sauer to continue.

“There is a request for an adjournment that is not up for debate,” Lynch said. “If you don’t know the committee’s rules, talk to your MP.”

While he told Lynch he was not recognized to make the motion, Jordan was interrupted by another Democrat who told him he was “not going to abide by the committee’s rules.”

The Jordan office said the Judiciary Committee often allows current and former lawmakers to make opening statements without staying for questions.

“It’s a long-standing practice of the committee to allow current and former members of Congress to make an opening statement without asking questions,” said Russell Dye, communications director for Jordan and adviser to the House Judiciary Committee. “Democrats have done the exact same thing when they were in the majority. Additionally, Democrats recently asked Rep. Jamie Raskin to make an opening statement before the committee, also without asking questions. Democrats, of course, know all this, but unfortunately have chosen to instead stage a partisan charade of acting like adults.”

The testimony comes after Missouri and Louisiana filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration alleging that President Biden and members of his team “collaborated with social media giants Meta, Twitter and YouTube to limit free speech in the… Names to censor the fight against so-called ‘disinformation’ and ‘misinformation’.”

President Joe Biden speaks during a press conference at the Sir John A. Macdonald Building in Ottawa, Canada on March 24, 2023.

President Joe Biden speaks during a press conference at the Sir John A. Macdonald Building in Ottawa, Canada on March 24, 2023. (ANDREJ IVANOV/AFP via Getty Images)

The lawsuit alleges that the coordination led to the suppression and censorship of truthful information “on an unprecedented scale” using examples of the COVID lab leak theory, information about COVID vaccinations, Hunter Biden’s laptop and more.


Schmidt testified in his written observations submitted to the subcommittee that Biden conducted “the largest language censorship operation in recent history” by working with social media companies to suppress and censor information that was later recognized as true .

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this article.

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