The House Republicans sure did stir things up Wednesday morning at the U.S. Capitol, and rightfully so. Following a press conference held by the Republican lawmakers in regards to the lack of transparency from the Democrats involving their impeachment investigation.
As Matt Gaetz wrapped up the press conference, he stated. “We’re going to try and go in there, and we’re going to try to figure out what’s going on.” He added. “On behalf of the millions of Americans that we represent that want to see this Congress working for them and not obsess with attacking a president, who we believe has not done anything to deserve impeachment.” Steve Scalise, the House Minority Whip, added his questioning during the press conference regarding Adam Schiff, the man who is leading the investigation. “What is he trying to hide?” He said, “I think that’s the question so many people have, so many of my colleagues have, so many people in the press should have.”
Nearly three dozen House Republicans, including Scalise and Gaetz, all stormed into the secured facility where the House Impeachment inquiry session concerning President Donald Trump was taking place. They made it just before Laura Cooper, the woman who manages Ukraine policy at the Department of Defense, was arranged to testify behind closed doors. However, the standoff between both parties resulted in provoking House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff to postpone the proceedings. Republicans said Schiff was threatening GOP lawmakers with ethics violations due to some GOP lawmakers that brought their cell phones with them into the secured facility, which is a violation of House rules. Along with them, they brought pizza and chick-fil-a to carve their appetite while they sit and wait for the prolonged private session to proceed. However, Adam Schiff fled the room once they entered and does not plan to start the interview until the circumstances change.
The GOP act out, led by Scalise (R-La.) and Gaetz (R-Fl), arose after Trump had required that Republicans “get tough and fight” for his sake in the impeachment inquiry. Some Republicans struggle to do so for President Trump based on the material of the charges against him. The GOP has decided to shift its focus on the Democrats and what they see to be as an illegitimate impeachment process. A confrontation between the two parties over the scandal is well overdue, in which they believe is being handled unfairly.
Democrats were visibly frustrated with the situation that took place on Wednesday from GOP Lawmakers. They’re complaining it caused a scheduled deposition to be put on hold. Republicans also argued it is unfair that only members of the three committees initiating the hearing were permitted. Intelligence, Oversight, and Foreign Affairs are the three committees named to attend the closed-door proceedings. GOP members of the House Armed Services Committee declared they have a right to attend Cooper’s statement because she is employed at the Pentagon, which falls under their committee’s jurisdiction.
However, they swore that the Republican attempt would not set the impeachment probe off course. Some Democrats sent out immediate backlash like Rep. Ilhan Omar, member of “the squad” tweeted:
If that’s so, Ilhan Omar why did you race to take to Twitter? To ensure everyone online got a piece of your mind on the issue right? #goback
While other Democrats understand the frustration and agree like Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, she asserted Tuesday that she was “disappointed with the lack of transparency,” and advised that it could “undermine the integrity” of the inquiry.
Five hours later, ladies and gentlemen and the deposition has begun, without the GOP lawmakers present.