House Republicans storm secret impeachment hearing; Schiff gets up and leaves with the witness

Decrying a lack of transparency in the House Democrats’ impeachment process against President Donald Trump, House Republicans gathered in the basement of the Capitol Wednesday morning to demand entry into proceedings they’ve been barred from thus far. And they reportedly got in.

At a news conference outside the SCIF, dozens of Republican representatives announced that they would seek to gain entry to the secure room — in which the Democrats of the three committees behind the current impeachment push were conducting a deposition — by demanding to be let in as a group.

SCIF stands for Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility. It’s a secure room where classified intelligence and other secret information is discussed. Congress’ SCIF is where much of the House Democrats’ investigation has so far taken place and where Republicans not on the investigating committees have not been allowed to enter.

“If behind those doors they intend to overturn the results of an American presidential election, we want to know what’s going on,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) said while pointing to the SCIF entrance.

“And it’s only reasonable that we would have questions,” Gaetz added, noting that the impeachment investigation has “been marked by secret interviews, selective leaks, weird theatrical performances of transcripts that never happened, and lies about contacts with a whistleblower.”

Gaetz’s last two examples were a specific reference to Schiff’s conduct in recent weeks, for which he recently dodged a censure effort brought by House Republicans.

“You should be outraged if you’re an American at what’s happening here,” House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) said. “You should be allowed to confront your accusers; this is being held behind closed doors for a reason — because they don’t want you to see what the witnesses are like.”

“This is a Soviet-style impeachment process,” Biggs added. “I don’t care whether you are the president of the United States or any other citizens of this country: You should be allowed to confront your witnesses.”

According to a senior GOP source who witnessed what happened next, the group went into the anteroom of the SCIF and chanted, “Let us in” outside the door guarded by Capitol Police. After that, the source said, the door opened, someone grabbed it, and a group of Republican members forced their way in.

After members attempted to sit in on the closed-door testimony that was occurring, “Chairman Schiff immediately left with the witness,” Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) told reporters while flanked by a handful of other House Republicans.

Later, Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) said that Democrats are “threatening to file ethics complaints against those of us that want to be in the room.”

The secrecy of the three committees’ investigation has drawn an immense amount of criticism from GOP lawmakers since last week, when members were first turned away from impeachment proceedings. Schiff has defended the clandestine process by comparing it to a grand jury.

18 thoughts on “House Republicans storm secret impeachment hearing; Schiff gets up and leaves with the witness

  1. Note to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Adam Schiff from the American people!! The “grand jury that is coming in 2020 when we, the American voters, ” kick all of your criminal Democrat Party House members out on your asses for the Russian style of government you are using in this impeachment in this impeachment of President Trump”!! Already a lot of American voters are saying, we have to dump the whole criminal Democrat Party Mob stop this impeachment of President Trump!! If you can do it to him, you can do it any one of us as America citizens are we are going to stop you with out votes!! You thought that we were angry and pissed off in the 2016 it is 1000 worse in anger and pissed off American voters in the 2020 election and we are going top make you pay for it!! You crossed a line that you never should cross and you have to pay the piper!!!!

  2. I would never vote for any Democrat again, this is America, not China. Every damn one of those people involved
    in this secret meeting B/S should be charged with treason and the Constitutional punishment carried out.

  3. YOU ARE SO RIGHT WE THE AMERICAN POPLE ARE FED UP WITH THE DEMOCRAT THEY NEED TO LEAVE OUR PRESIDENT ALONE AND LET HIM DO THE GOOD JOB HE DOING

  4. shift for brains needs to be arrested and charged with sedition and lieing to the voters . this is nearing a shooting solution . this is treason in anybody’s book get the bastard out of government .

  5. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS THE BEST POTUS IN AMERICA’S HISTORY. HE SHOULD NEVER HAVE TO PUT UP WITH THE DEMOCRAPPERS BULL SHIT. HE NEEDS TO GET WITH HIS LAWERS AND INDICT THE ENTIRE DEEP STATE AND ALL OF THE CRIMINALS AND GET THEM OUT OF OUR GOVERNMENT. CLINTON, OBAMA, LYNCH, BRANNON, MUELLER, ROSENSTIEN, STRZOK, PAGE, SCHIFF, PELOSI, MC CABE, COMEY, RICE, AND ALL OF THE ROTTEN DEMOCRAPPERS. THEY ARE AMERICA’S DEMOCRAPPERS THAT ARE ALL GUILTY OF A COUP & FRAUD, TO COMMIT CRIMES AGAINST THE POTUS AND NEED TO BE CHARGED WITH TREASON.

    1. Amen Walt,but you left out Erick Holder and one more that was along side Brannon , I can’t remember his name right now , but you have done a swell job of naming names , I’m sure there are a lot more that should be added. Treason is sure what they are guilty of as far as I’m concerned, a lot of news people should be added as well , along with talk show people.and people in Hollywood.

  6. The Democrats are wasting air and everything about Life, on their abnoxious Hate Filled Crimes against our country. They need to be totally obliterated, and have to earn their right to ever be in politics again EVER.

  7. Democrats in Congress are the people who hated Trump and just want to over take over the position of US president in
    secret like a mafia action.

    1. Included in the fruit and nuts, think of the brown organic stuff that covers the streets of San Francisco and Los Angels. ick! Part of the rat population boogied on over to Washington, D.C. and pencil necked Pied Piper aka Adam Shitt is the leader the pack. Fitting name, eh?

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