GOP Congressmen Storm, Shut Down Impeachment Hearing

UPDATE #4: This publicity stunt has apparently been on the GOP calendar for at least a week, per CNN.

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UPDATE #3: You knew this was coming:

Rep. Doug Lamborn says it’s all the fault of those pesky brown women:

Schiff & Pelosi, who’ve given into the radical leftwing SQUAD, are holding their Faux Impeachment proceedings in secret because they know, if the facts are made public, the American people will see this inquiry for what it is, a sham.

Wherever there is Republican treachery afoot, you’ll find Rep. Lamborn with a bag of Chick-fil-A.

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UPDATE #2: Rep. Ken Buck was reportedly not in the group that stormed the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) in the basement of the Capitol today, but he was with them in spirit:

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UPDATE: Today’s Republican stunt is a serious security breach:

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Republican Reps. Matt Gaetz and Steve Scalise.

Politico reports, things got heated this morning on Capitol Hill as impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump continue to deliver a daily stream of damning information that Republicans really, really don’t want you to hear:

Dozens of House Republicans on Wednesday stormed the secure facility inside the Capitol where impeachment investigators have been deposing witnesses, forcing a delay to the proceedings…

According to people familiar with the matter, some GOP lawmakers brought their cell phones into the secure area — a significant violation of House rules. Another person said the room had to be fully swept for potential security breaches.

…The GOP-led stunt, led by House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), comes as President Donald Trump has demanded that Republicans “get tough and fight” for him in the impeachment probe. But Republicans have struggled to defend Trump on the substance of the allegations against him, [Pols emphasis] and have instead focused on hammering Democrats over what they see as an illegitimate impeachment process.

We’re trying to get more information about Colorado members of Congress who may of participated in today’s confrontation (here’s looking at you, Doug Lamborn), but this incident represents a major escalation in the conflict over impeachment–signaling that the parliamentary rules that protect the impeachment process may be disregarded by the GOP. That would, fair to say, be a bad thing for the country.

Headline from Raw Story (10/23/19)

Republicans who serve on the committee concede that Democrats are within their rights to depose witnesses in Congress’ secure basement hearing rooms, but the disruption Republicans successfully pulled off today is what will dominate the evening news–not the witness testimony, which turned explosive yesterday when acting ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor confirmed the damning substance of the case against Trump.

What happens next? We’ll have to wait and see– but the last “Brooks Brothers Riot” didn’t end well.

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  1. RepealAndReplace says:

    LOCK HIM UP!!!

  2. House Dems are conducting an impeachment inquiry in the basement of the Capitol behind closed doors & denying the GOP access to basic docs. If this was truly a ‘joint investigation’ then we would ALL have access to the same materials. #StoptheSchiffShow https://t.co/OsUxGEUVUw

    — Congressman Ken Buck (@RepKenBuck) October 23, 2019

  3. unnamed says:

    The Repukes are now the Torches and Pitchforks party.

  4. kwtreekwtree says:

    Natural consequences should follow. Those who brought cell phones into the SCI-FI should at a minimum, lose security clearances.

    If no consequences follow, they will just escalate. 

  5. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    November 22, 2000, during a recount of votes made during the 2000 in Florida, there was the Brooks Brothers riot.

    I'm not certain, but perhaps this will go into the records as the Men's Warehouse invasion?

    Wonder how many of the participants have security clearances in their past?

  6. According to riot leader Matt Gaetz, Rep. Ken Buck was to be in the protest brigade today. Also, I think he's the one dead center in the floor-level portrait that's been circulating.

    The esteemed Marcy Wheeler has annotated the guest list and notes that Buck (a) voted in 2017 to hold that protests were against House rules, and (b) is already authorized to be in the hearings as he sits on the Foreign Affairs Committee. Rumor has it they've been walking out of the hearings so they can pretend the Democrats are shutting them out.

  7. DeanDean says:

    It seems to depend on who's doing the investigating. When Trey Gowdy was running that pointless Benghazi investigation, interviews were done in private. As he wrote in the final report: 

    https://www.congress.gov/congressional-report/114th-congress/house-report/848/1

    "The Committee's preference for private interviews over 
    public hearings has been questioned. Interviews are a more 
    efficient and effective means of discovery. Interviews allow 
    witnesses to be questioned in depth by a highly prepared member 
    or staff person. In a hearing, every member of a committee is 
    recognized–usually for five minutes–a procedure which 
    precludes in-depth focused questioning. Interviews also allow 
    the Committee to safeguard the privacy of witnesses who may 
    fear retaliation for cooperating or whose work requires 
    anonymity, such as intelligence community operatives."

  8. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    EmptyWheel tweeted a list of participants:  those with asterisks are members of the committees holding the hearing, so they would have been allowed in. The check marks are the ones known to be in the SCIF,

    • Brian Babin√
    • Andy Biggs√
    • Mo Brooks√
    • Ken Buck√*
    • Bradley Byrne
    • Buddy Carter√
    • Ben Cline
    • Jeff Duncan√
    • Drew Ferguson√
    • Russ Fulcher
    • Matt Gaetz
    • Louie Gohmert√
    • Paul Gosar√*
    • Mark Green*
    • Vicky Hartzler√
    • Kevin Hern
    • Jody Hice√*
    • Duncan Hunter√
    • Bill Johnson√
    • Jim Jordan√*
    • Fred Keller*
    • Steve King√
    • Debbie Lesko
    • Mark Meadows√*
    • Carol Miller*
    • Alex Mooney√
    • Markwayne Mullin√
    • Greg Murphy
    • Ralph Norman*
    • Peter Olson√
    • Gary Palmer√
    • Scott Perry√*
    • David Rouzer√
    • Steve Scalise√
    • Ross Spano
    • Mark Walker√
    • Michael Waltz
    • Steve Watkins
    • Randy Weber√
    • Ron Wright*
    • Lee Zeldin√*

    Others in the stream I saw added Doug LaMalfa, Roger Marshall

  9. Diogenesdemar says:

    I’m a guy who looks to find humor in everything, especially the ridiculous and the absurd.  However, this is nothing but appalling. 

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