Social media reacts to Gohmert chart on Obama-era Uranium One deal

11/14/17 06:10 PM EST

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 Gohmert (R-Texas) briefly displayed the chart during his questioning of Attorney General Jeff Sessions 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.

Chris Geidner @chrisgeidner
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Here, care of Rep. Louie Gohmert's office, is the full
chart he displayed at today's House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing.

1:35 PM - Nov 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 President Obama himself and former national security adviser Susan Rice, who are both featured twice.

Several former Obama administration officials criticized 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.

Sam Baker @sam_baker
Not only is Obama on here twice, they're connected.
There's a line from Obama to Obama.

2:01 PM - Nov 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 inter-agency review board in 2010, when Hillary Clinton served as secretary of State.

The Justice Department in May appointed a special counsel, Robert Mueller, to investigate ties between Trump campaign officials and Russia during last year's election.