(Politico) CAITLIN OPRYSKO 11/08/2019 02:09 PM President Donald Trumps allies took to heart his request that Republicans start fighting back against House Democrats impeachment investigation and one transcript released Friday vividly captures how one such lieutenant tried to crash the proceedings. At the beginning of the closed-door testimony of Fiona Hill the White Houses top Russia hand House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff notices a face out of place: Rep. Matt Gaetz a flame-throwing congressman and Trump ally from the Florida Panhandle. According to the transcript Schiff interrupts the opening statement of Rep. Jim Jordan asking whether there is anyone in the room not on the Intelligence Foreign Affairs or Oversight committees that are conducting the closed-door portion of the investigation. Mr. Gaetz youre not permitted to be in the room" he notes. When Gaetz asserts that he should be allowed in the room because I am on the Judiciary Committee" claiming that I thought the Judiciary Committee had jurisdiction over impeachment" Schiff asks him to please leave." Mr Chairman really?" Jordan asks. Yes really" Schiff responds. Youre going to include Members of Congress on committees that have roles of impeachment " Gaetz begins to respond when Schiff interrupts him. Mr. Gaetz take your statement to the press. They do you no good here. So please absent yourself" he says. Youre going to have someone remove me from the hearing?" Gaetz responds to which Schiff shoots back: Youre going to remove yourself."
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