ABC News' Matthew Jaffe reports: Stephen Colbert might have made some people laugh during his appearance before a House Judiciary subcommittee today, but the panel’s ranking Republican was far from amused.
“I think that he mocked the hearing process,” Rep. Steve King, R-IA, told reporters after the hearing. “I think it was his intent to do that.”
In his prepared remarks submitted to the subcommittee before the hearing, Colbert had taken a serious tone. But at today’s hearing he quickly morphed back into character, saying the day he spent this summer packing vegetables at a New York farm made him an “expert” on the issue, voicing hope that his “star power” would bump up the hearing to “C-Span One,” and offering to enter his colonoscopy video into the Congressional record.
“It was clear that his written testimony that was delivered to us last night was not addressed at all,” King said. “He came with other written testimony that was delivered as a comedy routine at least in the first half of his testimony.”
“I don’t think you can take anything he testified seriously,” King said.
During the hearing King was involved in an odd exchange with Colbert when the Iowa lawmaker questioned Colbert on his day spent packing corn.
“I was watching you actually unload a crate, rather than load the crate so it was curious to me that it looked like the corn was going the wrong direction,” King said.
“Well, I want to make sure that if I get this answer wrong I can’t be held for perjury,” Colbert responded. “We got that corn out that day. I actually I was a corn packer. And I know that term is offensive to some people because corn packer is a derogatory term for a gay Iowan.”
After the hearing, King told reporters he doesn’t tune into “The Colbert Report.”
“I’ve never watched his program, so it’s hard for me to recognize when he’s in character and when he isn’t,” King said of Colbert. “But I do understand that many of his programs are in the business of ridiculing people that are in power.”