Congressman tries to dismiss TEA Party leader at Congressional hearing - Rep. Jim Jordan dresses him down

During a hearing of the House Oversight And Government Reform Committee on the IRS’ alleged targeting of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status yesterday, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) tried to dismiss Catherine Engelbrecht's, founder of the King Street Patriots, concerns over potentially being targeted by the IRS. Unfortunately for Rep. Connolly, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) was there to dress him down.

TheBlaze reports:

During her opening testimony, Engelbrecht recounted the close scrutiny her family and her small business underwent from multiple federal agencies soon after she applied for her group’s tax-exempt status, suggesting that the reviews may have been politically motivated.

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OSHA visited Engelbrecht’s business soon after she filed an application requesting tax-exempt status for the the King Street Patriots. The OSHA visit resulted in her business being fined roughly $25,000 for various violations, including “the wrong type of safety glasses on an employee” and “the wrong type of seat belt on a forklift.”

Rep. Connolly, however, was not sympathetic.

“I would just note for the record,” he said, “because we’re so concerned about the law here, and making sure there are no violations of the law, are you aware of the fact that it’s actually illegal for … [the Occupational Safety and Health Administration] to give advance notice when it gives inspections? That’s actually a matter of law.”

“I’m not contending that they should’ve given us notice,” Engelbrecht responded. “I’m only observing –”

“But you complained about it. You complained that you didn’t get advance notice,” Rep. Connolly interjected. “I understand the concern, but you understand that they can’t check in advance to see will you be there.”

“Nor did we try to do anything to discourage that process even though we weren’t on premise,” she said.

“And I absolutely take that at face value,” he continued, “but it’s a huge leap then, given that, to conclude that someone’s out to get you, Ms. Engelbrecht, that there’s any political motivation whatsoever with OSHA following its standard operating procedure.”

At that point, Rep. Jordan had had enough. He fired off the following series of questions:

JORDAN: Ms. Engelbrecht, in the first 20 years of business, did OSHA ever visit your place of business?

ENGELBRECHT: No sir.

JORDAN: Never once?

ENGELBRECHT: No sir.

JORDAN: After you filed the [tax-exempt application for King Street Patriots], OSHA visited then, right?

ENGELBRECHT: Yes sir.

JORDAN: In the first 20 years of business did the [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives] ever come to your business?

ENGELBRECHT: No sir.

JORDAN: And they came a couple times once you filed your application?

ENGELBRECHT: Yes sir.

JORDAN: And in your first 20 years of business, did the IRS ever audit you?

ENGELBRECHT: No sir.

JORDAN: But once you filed your application, they audited you?

ENGELBRECHT: Many times.

JORDAN: And in your first 20 years of business, did the FBI ever visit you?

ENGELBRECHT: No sir.

JORDAN: But once you filed your application, did they visit you?

ENGELBRECHT: Six times.

Jordan made his final point: “Mr. Connolly wants us to believes that’s all a coincidence.”

“I believe in fact-based, empirical oversight,” Rep. Connolly responded. “And innuendo and drawing conclusions and paranoia do not substitute for fact-based, empirical oversight.”

“This is what they tried to do to me,” Glenn said of Rep. Connolly’s dismissal of Engelbrecht. “They don't want you to use your noodle. They don't want you to be thinking. They don't want you to tie these things together and think for yourself. They are discouraging critical thought. There's no way a society lasts with a government like this.”

Ultimately, Glenn surmised this exchange is just further proof the government is looking to create a generation of lemmings instead of a group people who think critically.

“This is a reason why we say: Do your own homer work. Everything the government is doing is not promoting the general welfare,” he concluded. “They're telling you become a slave of the stat… That's what our government is doing. Crippling all of us. They want us as their children to live under their roof all time and not go and be who we're supposed to be and be our own independent people. That's not promoting the general welfare. So what are they doing?”

Watch the heated exchange below:

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Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

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Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

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Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable. Leaders from state and local governments across the U.S. have flattened the curve of some of our most basic constitutional rights, but some Americans are fighting back — and risking jail time or losing their businesses.

On Wednesday night's GBTV special, Glenn Beck argued that we're witnessing the birth of a new civil rights movement — and it's time to build a coalition of common sense to keep America as we know it free.

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On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck sat down with chief researcher Jason Buttrill to go over two bombshell developments that have recently come to light regarding former Vice President Joe Biden's role in the 2016 dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.

"Wow! Two huge stories dropped within about 24 hours of each other," Jason began. He went on to explain that a court ruling in Ukraine has just prompted an "actual criminal investigation against Joe Biden in Ukraine."

This stunning development coincided with the release of leaked phone conversations, which took place in late 2015 and early 2016, allegedly among then-Vice President Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko.

One of the audiotapes seems to confirm allegations of a quid pro quo between Biden and Poroshenko, with the later admitting that he asked Shokin to resign despite having no evidence of him "doing anything wrong" in exchange for a $1 billion loan guarantee.

"Poroshenko said, 'despite the fact that we didn't have any corruption charges on [Shokin], and we don't have any information about him doing something wrong, I asked him to resign,'" Jason explained. "But none of the Western media is pointing this out."

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A recently declassified email, written by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and sent herself on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration, reveals the players involved in the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and "unmasking" of then-incoming National Security Adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rice's email details a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan 5, 2017, which included herself, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, fully declassified the email recently amid President Trump's repeated references to "Obamagate" and claims that Obama "used his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration."

On Glenn Beck's Wednesday night special, Glenn broke down the details of Rice's email and discussed what they reveal about the Obama administration officials involved in the Russia investigation's origins.

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