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Three dozen Republican lawmakers are calling on the house Intelligence Committee transparency from the Democrats; handle-Jenkins reports on the conflict.
House Republicans, led by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., on Wednesday, in essence, a closed-door stormed a session of the impeachment investigation of President Trump, and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff on suspension of the proceedings to notice in a scene.
The stand-off happened after the lawmakers held a press conference on Wednesday morning, where house Democrats are accused of a lack of transparency.
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“We will try to go there, and we are going to try to find out what’s going on, on behalf of the millions of Americans who we see represented want this Congress to work for you and not obsessed with attack on a President, we believe, has done nothing to deserve impeachment,” said Gaetz.
The Republicans, who are specially called, from ship, D-Calif., who is leading the investigation.
“What Adam is trying to hide the ship?” House Minority whip Steve Scalise, R asked La. “I think that’s the question that so many people, so many of my colleagues have, so many people in the press should have.”
“Voting members of Congress denied access will be able to see what is happening behind these closed doors, where they try to continue to accuse the President of the United States with a one-sided set of rules,” Scalise is. “They call themselves the witnesses. You do not let someone else call the witnesses.”
“We are gonna go and see if we can go in,” Gaetz said at the conclusion of the press conference.
From there, about 30 house Republicans flooded the room where Laura Cooper, who oversees the Ukraine-policy of the Department of Defense, which was set to testify.
Because there is no agreement to be for non-members of the Committee was present, this “sit-in” created an immediate confrontation. Fox News is told that the ship questions, and to arrest the U.S. Capitol Police, or remove, the Republicans, the charged-but he has to leave the room, and, apparently, is not planned, start the conversation until the situation is resolved.
Fox News is told, about a dozen Republicans still in the safe investment, known as a SCIF. In another complication, some not-placed Committee members in mobile phones and other electronic devices, in possible violation of house rules.
GOP lawmakers flooded Twitter with posts from the scene.
“Adam ship is shutting DOWN its secret underground impeachment after the hearing, I led a group of Republicans in the room. Now he’s threatened me with an ethics complaint! I’m on the Armed Services Cmte, but blocked by the Abbot. Asst. s SecDef ‘ testimony. This is a FARCE!” REP Bradley Byrne, R-Ala., tweeted.
Democrats slammed in response. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., tweeted: “This is what happens when people elect the members have more interest in the media previously as the protection of our national security.”
Rep., Roger Marshall, R-Kan., told reporters that the ship left the room, without Marshall or other non-Committee Republicans to hear testimony.
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“He didn’t have the courage to come talk to us,” said Marshall. “He Left. He just up and to the left. He has not the courage to tell us why we can’t come in the room, why he wants, this is transparent. It is the largest facade, the biggest farce I’ve ever seen in my life.”
Gaetz, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, was out faced getting kicked out of another meeting at the beginning of this month, where the former Deputy assistant to the President Fiona Hill, the issues behind closed doors. Gaetz was told he could not participate because he committees of the House Intelligence Committee, the conduct of the investigation, together with the house oversight and Foreign Affairs.
“Judiciary Chairman [Jerry Nadler] claims to have begun the prosecution request weeks ago,” Gaetz tweeted at the time. “Well, his own justice, the members are not even allowed to participate. And Yes – my voters want me to be active against the #KangarooCourtCoup run by Shifty ship.”
The Republicans are not the only ones, the criticism of the investigation for its lack of transparency. The democratic presidential candidate, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, said Tuesday she was “disappointed with the lack of transparency,” and warned that it could undermine “the integrity” of the investigation.
Democrats called witnesses for questioning behind closed doors according to an anonymous whistleblower-a lawsuit over a 25. July phone conversation between Trump and Ukrainian presidents Vladimir Zelensky. Trump is accused of military assistance to Ukraine as a lever for pressure Zelensky in support of investigations of alleged Democratic agreements with Ukraine in the 2016 elections, as well as the former Vice-President Joe Biden and his son Hunter ‘ s transactions with Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings.
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Both Trump and Zelensky have declared that no printing has taken place, although the Acting US Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor testified on Tuesday that the aid for the Ukraine “access to the investigation.”
Fox News handle Jenkins, Guerin Hays and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.