Conyers Asks Colbert To Leave Hearing Room (Video Now Available)

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) asked comedian Stephen Colbert to excuse himself from a subcommittee hearing on Friday.

Conyers, during opening statements at a hearing of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law, asked Colbert to submit his statement for the record and leave the hearing.

Colbert responded that he was there at the invitation of Rep. Zoe Lofgren (Drugs-Calif.), who further said she wanted Colbert, with his vast knowledge of illegal immigration issues, to stay and testify.

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The comedian’s appearance has been ridiculed by some Republicans on the committee as pointless. Conyers, in his statement, praised Colbert and his forthcoming rally, but said the intense media attention might make it worthwhile for Colbert to leave.

Damn, Conyers did the right thing for the wrong reason. Media attention is not the answer, it is that Colbert is not an expert on the issue, and that his invitation to come and testify in character (which would mean he is violating the oath for testimony) makes a mockery of what should be serious testimony.

More: the joke is on the American People (waiting for video of this)

Good morning. My name is Stephen Colbert; television personality, comedian, and resident of New York. I would like to thank the Committee and its members for their time today and their open minds as I present my statement for the record.

Colbert, who got five minutes to share what he called his “vast knowledge” of farm labor, began by touching on the effect of his presence.

“I certainly hope that my star power can bump this hearing all the way up to C-SPAN1,” he quipped.

His testimony at times bordered on the absurd.

“The obvious answer is for all of us to stop eating fruits and vegetables,” he said at one point. At another, he said, “Maybe the easier answer is to have scientists create vegetables that pick themselves.”

It wasn’t Colbert who was beclowned. The Democrats did that to the American People.

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