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    Republican Lawmakers Interrupt Democrat-led Closed Door Impeachment Hearings

    Republican Lawmakers Interrupt Democrat-led Closed Door Impeachment Hearings

    “What is Adam Schiff trying to hide?” — Rep. Steve Scalise

    Wednesday, dozens of Republican Congressmen held a press conference before interrupting the closed-door impeachment hearings led by Rep. Adam Schiff and the House Intelligence Committee.

    The interruption prompted committee Democrats to walk out, Schiff included, and delayed the testimony of Defense Department official Laura Cooper who was scheduled to discuss delayed military aid to Ukraine, according to some reports.


    From The Washington Times:

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida Democrat, said the sit-in has derailed Ms. Cooper’s testimony and it was unclear when it would start again. Ms. Cooper was not in the room at the time, she said.

    Democratic lawmakers leaving the room said those that entered the room brought their cellphones, which is against the rules for a secured area.

    “In short they have compromised the security of the room,” Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell said. “Many members, dozens of members brought in electronics. And they not only brought in their unauthorized device, they may have brought in the Russian and Chinese with electronics in a secure space.”

    “They had no regard for the witness or making sure we can continue to hold the president accountable and ensure we can get to the bottom of this,” Ms. Wasserman Schultz said. “If they don’t have a leg to stand on when it comes to the substance of evidence, they have to argue process.”

    One Republican, David Rouzer of North Carolina, defended his colleague’s actions.

    “We have a right as members of Congress to know what is going in there. None of this is classified information whatsoever,” he said.

    However, as the minority party, Republicans don’t have many options to force their hand.

    “It’s really unfortunate that they [Democrats] have the votes and apparently they are not following any procedures, any precedents, any rules,” Ms. Lesko told The Washington Times.

    “I’ll tell you what, if we are in the majority, I would not allow this kind of unfair process to go on,” she added.

    A few Republican lawmakers still in the secured area said House Intelligence Chairman Adam B. Schiff threatened to file ethics complaints against them, though Mr. Swalwell later declined to comment on what those complaints might look it.

    Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs, one of those tweeting updates, clarified that the tweets were not coming from inside the secured room but are being passed along to staff to post.

    For weeks Republicans have slammed the process as a “sham” that has shut the American people out of the process by keeping the meetings with witnesses behind closed doors. They’re repeatedly demanding Democrats need to hold a vote to authorize the investigation and accused those running the investigations of ushering out “cherry-picked” leaks.

    They’ve decried what they see as a lack of due process for the president, arguing the identity of the whistleblower that first put forward the allegations should be revealed.

    “House Democrats are bypassing constitutional norms and basic standards of due process with their impeachment obsession,” Rep. Mark Walker, North Carolina Republican, said. “The president is not above justice. But, as you know, neither is he below it.”

    House Democrats have launched their own defense of the investigation, arguing it’s akin to the special prosecutor investigations that were a part of the Nixon and Clinton impeachment.

    Rep. Val Demmings, Florida Democrat, told reporters Wednesday the Republican claims were unfounded.

    From House Republicans:

    Full remarks here:


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    Cleetus | October 24, 2019 at 6:59 am

    What we are watching is what happens when there is no longer a free media that makes even a vague effort to tell both sides of news stories. This should clearly demonstrate the power of propaganda, even in America, and should emphasize the importance of many of those news providers on the internet who are not owned by the MSM. Even now we are treated to stories from the MSM not of how unfair these Soviet Union gulag style hearings are, but instead we hear of trivial issues such as Republicans not removing their cell phones prior to moving on the SCIF where the star chamber proceedings are being held in an effort to once again point out how the Republicans are the ones in the wrong.
    What makes this so aggravating is how we in America were given an incredible gift of having a free press that could act as a watchdog to prevent events like this from happening. Instead, they are abusing this gift in an effort to use their propaganda machine in order to sway the election towards the Democrats.

      Barry in reply to Cleetus. | October 24, 2019 at 10:07 am

      “but instead we hear of trivial issues such as Republicans not removing their cell phones”

      Which may very well be a lie.

      txvet2 in reply to Cleetus. | October 24, 2019 at 6:22 pm

      Taking a cell phone into an SCIF isn’t trivial, it’s a crime. It’s also unlikely that they did so. My experience with SCIFs predates cell phones, but I remember large signs at the entry to the facility warning that recording devices were forbidden. And there were guards there to enforce it. I don’t know if there are such signs in the House, but I have no doubt that all concerned parties were aware that it was illegal.

    Good lord. Two witnesses doesn’t mean that treason cannot be carried out in secret. It just means that two witnesses break the secrecy compact or were inadvertently a witness to the treasonous act. Getting caught hardy implies that it could never have been secret “by definition”.

    Do you ever think before you write?

      Milhouse in reply to Barry. | October 24, 2019 at 3:17 pm

      And this is relevant to the current topic how? What could any Democrat possibly be doing that might constitute treason? There are only two kinds of treason: Waging war against the USA; and an overt act of adherence to the USA’s enemies. Nothing else. There is no such thing as treason against the president, because he is not a king. Nor can any mere plot, even against the USA, be treason; it requires an overt act.

        Barry in reply to Milhouse. | October 24, 2019 at 3:42 pm

        “And this is relevant to the current topic how?”

        You made it relavent:

        “Treason, by definition, cannot be carried out in secret.”

        It’s BS of course, something you seem full of.

        I have not accused anyone of treason. I do accuse you of stupid and dishonesty. Maybe you could summon the Chief Justice to help settle it.

          Milhouse in reply to Barry. | October 24, 2019 at 6:55 pm

          You are here defending Texansamurai’s comment. Show how treason is relevant to this topic, or you fail.

            Barry in reply to Milhouse. | October 24, 2019 at 8:23 pm

            Strawman. I responded to your incorrect statement.

            Admit it was wrong.

            Milhouse in reply to Milhouse. | October 25, 2019 at 12:23 am

            It’s not a strawman, it’s the whole point. The only possible relevance of treason to this discussion is if the Dems on the investigation were possibly committing it. That is what you are stuck defending.

            But at least now you admit to knowing what a strawman is. So how do you continue to defend katasuburi’s comment?

            Barry in reply to Milhouse. | October 25, 2019 at 1:06 am

            I never defended anyone’s comment. I condemned your ignorant and wrong assertion that treason could not be conducted in secret. Which is not only false but stupid.

            You can’t respond to that because you are wrong. Instead of just admitting you are wrong, you try a bait and switch game.

            Treason is routinely a secret affair until caught out.

            Are any of the dems secretly working with a foreign government to try and impeach the president? Quite possible, quite likely IMO, but I cannot prove it. That would be TREASON.

            Ouch. Brainiac missed it entirely.

            Milhouse in reply to Milhouse. | October 26, 2019 at 11:17 pm

            Are any of the dems secretly working with a foreign government to try and impeach the president? Quite possible, quite likely IMO, but I cannot prove it. That would be TREASON.

            No, it would not be treason. It would neither be waging war against the USA, nor adhering to the USA’s enemies. Acting against the president is not and cannot be treason, because the president is not a king. Treason can only be against the USA itself, not against whoever happens to be president.

    Closed doors usually means unmade beds. As we’ve seen with the NYT news room, it also means bed bugs. So this is a health issue too.

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