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‘The Truth Will Out’: Congressman Uses Shakespeare To Rebuke Michael Flynn

On Monday, Democratic Rep. Denny Heck cited a minor character from a 400-plus year-old play as he lectured former General Michael Flynn over his invoking the Fifth Amendment earlier in the day in his response to a congressional subpoena.

“We’ve been living under the wisdom of William Shakespeare for 500 (sic) years,” Heck said on MSNBC, “And I think it’s as relevant today as it was then, when he had the character Launcelot, in the play Merchant of Venice, say, ‘But at the length, truth will out.'”

Rep. Heck added, “So once again, memo to Mike Flynn: the truth will out, General Flynn. The truth will out.”

The Washington Democrat was paraphrasing a line from Act II, Scene II of the Shakespeare play, where Launcelot Gobbo, Shylock’s servant, is having a conversation with his father, Old Gobbo: “Truth will come to light; murder cannot be hid long; a man’s son may, but at the length truth will out.”

Anchor Katy Tur brought on Congressman Heck for his take on General Flynn’s move. Moments before he turned to the “wisdom” of Shakespeare, he ripped the former national security advisor over his reported conduct: “My question for Mike Flynn would be, what happened to you? You were in this nation’s uniform for three-plus decades. Is this the way to honor fellow soldiers — the men and women who put themselves in harm’s way — by withholding the truth?”

You can view Representative Heck’s remarks in the embedded video above, via MSNBC.

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