Former acting solicitor general Neal Katyal was pretty angry yesterday when Judiciary committee Republicans used a selective quote from his new book, "Impeach," to attack Hunter Biden.
They left out an important part.
"I want to follow up on something you mentioned in your book. Today your book was invoked by Republicans actually in a sort of hilariously, clumsily bad-faith way," Chris Hayes said on All In.
"I want to play you a sound of a portion of a Republican reading and here's a list on of the quote as invoked by a Republican member today. Take a listen."
"I want to read what's in the ellipses and cut out, this is you saying the thing is, it wasn't illegal. It's why Hunter Biden didn't hide it, why Trump's children continue to conduct business around the world with impunity as as does President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner. What did you think when they took that quote the way they did?" Hayes said.
"Honestly, Chris, it's very similar to a lot of things they've been doing to try to defend the president.
"And, you know, here they just ellipsed out and undercut -- the whole thing they're saying here is Biden committed crimes and therefore he should have been investigated against, which has always been ludicrous for many reasons including the fact he's been investigated and cleared. But here they ellipsed out all the stuff that says Biden didn't commit crimes and this justification makes no sense. So they're striving to come up whatever they can to defend this indefensible conduct by Donald Trump."