Trump impeachment: Republicans storm secure hearing
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Oct 25, 2019,
Oct 25, 2019, 0:27
The impeachment probe focuses on Trump's request for Ukraine to investigate a domestic rival - former Vice President Joe Biden, who is a frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination - for his personal political benefit. If House Democrats don't bother to make a strong public case but instead largely rely on "secret" depositions for the article (s) of impeachment, then Senate Republicans would likely opt for the former to emphasize the illegitimacy of the House process.
Graham later tweeted that he initially believed Republicans had taken the room by force and that it was actually a "peaceful protest", adding his House GOP colleagues had "good reason to be upset".
The House allowed Nixon's defense lawyers to respond to evidence and testimony during his impeachment inquiry.
If you want to know why Republicans in the Lower House chose to storm the safe room to hinder a deposition, it is probably because President Trump and the Red Party are running out of defenses, an article on the NBC News television network said Thursday.
Republicans said Schiff was threatening GOP lawmakers with ethics violations related to the stunt. All members of Congress are familiar with the protocol of the SCIF, since they are often invited to classified briefings, and there are several such rooms around the Capitol.
Lawmakers described a chaotic scene. Rep.
In a closed door hearing, Taylor told the members of the House committees leading the impeachment probe that Trump led a proactive effort to solicit a political quid pro quo from president Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine.
About two dozen Republicans pushed their way into the secure meeting room - known as a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, or SCIF, on Wednesday morning.
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"That's not the way to do it", he said.
The Republican lawmakers reportedly barged into the SCIF to demand Democrats hold open impeachment hearings.
Officials told The Post that national security officials anticipated that there was a collective effort to "poison" Trump's views on Zelensky, but their departures from the White House or declining influence over Trump made it hard to prevent the influence that foreign leaders had on shaping Trump's views.
"He said that President Trump wanted President Zelensky "in a public box" by making a public statement about ordering such investigations", Taylor recounted of Sondland to investigative committees on Tuesday.
"It's finally reached the point where members just said they're so frustrated at the idea that they can't be a part of this and see what's going on", he told reporters.
According to House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, Democrats don't want to "jeopardise investigative equities".
So far, few Republicans have appeared inclined toward Trump's removal, though there have been some cracks in their support. North Carolina Rep. Mark Walker tweeted: "UPDATE: We are in the SCIF and every GOP Member is quietly listening".
Not content to simply sound like buffoons, over 20 Republican representatives also stormed a hearing room in protest of the ongoing impeachment investigation - prompting Meyers to note that the gathering of angry white dudes looked "like a protest outside a pharmacy that ran out of Viagra".
William Taylor, the top USA diplomat in Ukraine, testified on Tuesday that Trump had made the aid contingent on the Ukrainian president announcing he would investigate Biden, his son Hunter Biden's tenure on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company, and a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine, and not Russian Federation, meddled in the 2016 US presidential election.