Social media users including several former Obama administration officials quickly scrutinized a chart displayed during a House hearing Tuesday about an Obama-era deal allowing a Russian nuclear firm to buy a uranium company with assets in the U.S.
Rep. Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertHouse passes bill to end crack and powder cocaine sentencing disparity Republicans keep distance from 'Justice for J6' rally Security forces under pressure to prevent repeat of Jan. 6 MORE (R-Texas) briefly displayed the chart during his questioning of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits McCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Overnight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability MORE at a House Judiciary Committee hearing.
Gohmert used the chart while arguing that Sessions should appoint a second special counsel to investigate the Obama Justice Department following approval for the Russian nuclear firm to purchase the uranium company, Uranium One.
Rep. Gohmert had a chart about Uranium One and Russia. pic.twitter.com/qMIym3ZhNB— Emma Loop (@LoopEmma) November 14, 2017
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Here, care of Rep. Louie Gohmert's office, is the full chart he displayed at today's House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing. pic.twitter.com/dPSHtGvwqK— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) November 14, 2017
The chart features the Department of Justice (DOJ) logo in the middle with the words “OBAMA DOJ” surrounding it. “Uranium One” is featured on the top right corner of the chart, while “Russia” is in the bottom left corner.
The chart lists some Obama administration officials more than once, including former President Obama and former national security adviser Susan Rice, who are both featured twice.
Several former Obama administration officials mocked the chart on social media, including longtime Democratic operative Ronald Klain, who served as Obama's Ebola czar, former White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer and former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau, among others.
Not only is Obama on here twice, they're connected. There's a line from Obama to Obama. pic.twitter.com/JftNNa01hA— Sam Baker (@sam_baker) November 14, 2017
I've uncovered some hidden connections. pic.twitter.com/A6dEGzDTzQ— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) November 14, 2017
This chart clearly shows that there were people, places, and things that can be connected by the drawing of line segments between them. https://t.co/MKfKFMdiW2— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) November 14, 2017
Looks like they found Obama’s birth certificate. https://t.co/PLexg1wVR1— (((Molly Jong-Fast))) (@MollyJongFast) November 14, 2017
This is also a live look at Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHarris stumps for McAuliffe in Virginia On The Money — Sussing out what Sinema wants Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — The Facebook Oversight Board is not pleased MORE's brain https://t.co/03EZFdmcuL— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) November 14, 2017
Can't believe he forgot Pepe Silvia. https://t.co/xQW61gHjhK— Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) November 14, 2017
Rep. Louie Gohmert's chart from today's House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing is fun pic.twitter.com/HatcAfceel— Blumgold (@poliscimystery) November 14, 2017
This is all I can think of when I look at Louie Gohmert’s chart. pic.twitter.com/FXwL2YgiWH— Jimmy Dahman (@JDahmanIII) November 14, 2017
These people are batshit crazy. https://t.co/oV7yKQosd7— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) November 14, 2017
During the hearing, Sessions resisted calls from Republicans to appoint a second special counsel to investigate the deal, which was approved by a nine-member interagency review board in 2010, when Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMeghan McCain: 'SNL' parodies made me feel like 'laughing stock of the country' Hill: Trump reelection would spur 'one constitutional crisis after another' Trump defends indicted GOP congressman MORE served as secretary of State.
The Justice Department in May appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate ties between Trump campaign officials and Russia during last year's presidential campaign.