Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich derided Rep. Maxine Waters on Tuesday evening, saying the House Financial Services Committee chair doesn’t have “any idea how wealthy” Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is.
Secretary Mnuchin and Maxine Waters clashed during a Congressional hearing Tuesday afternoon in a fiery exchange about Mnuchin’s attempt to dismiss himself from the testimony to meet with a foreign official in his office.
After the Treasury Secretary requested an end to the testimony, Waters acknowledged that he could “choose to do whatever you want” but wouldn’t close the hearing as other lawmakers had questions for the cabinet secretary. “If you wish to keep me here so that I don’t have my important meeting and continue to grill me then if you do that I will cancel my meeting and I will not be back here,” Mnuchin told Waters. “I will be very clear if that’s the way you’d like to have this relationship.”
During an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, Newt Gingrich called out Waters, saying “I don’t think secretary- congresswoman Waters has any idea how wealthy Mnuchin is.” Ingraham agreed and replied, “That would be the best thing that ever happened to him. Probably he goes back to New York.”
Gingrich added, “Waters might be worried of getting fired because she has no visible means of getting support. But Mnuchin will be fine. It’s- it’s amazing to watch the level of ignorance that the Democrats are now displaying.”