Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) has denounced the secretive nature of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiffs (D-Calif.) impeachment inquiry proceedings after Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) was denied entry into a closed-door deposition on Monday, Oct. 14.
Gaetz, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said House Democrats kicked him out of the closed-door deposition of Fiona Hill. Hill is the former special assistant to President Donald Trump and the National Security Council senior director for European and Russian Affairs. The Democrats reason—Gaetz is not a member of the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight committees—who are leading the impeachment probe, according to a CNN reporter.
The judiciary committee has historically handled impeachment inquiries but has not been directly involved in the probe against Trump.
Jordan reacted to the news on Twitter, questioning Schiffs intentions in refusing to allow a congressman to participate in the proceedings.
“@RepAdamSchiff is conducting his secretive impeachment proceedings in the basement of the Capitol, and now hes kicked @mattgaetz out of todays deposition,” Jordan wrote.
“This testimony should be available to every member of Congress and every single American. What is Schiff hiding?”
This testimony should be available to every member of Congress and every single American. What is Schiff hiding?
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) October 14, 2019
Similarly, other Republicans shared similar sentiments over the lack of transparency of the proceedings.
“Why are Democrats holding a private impeachment investigation? If there was proof of wrongdoing, wouldnt they want to expose that to the American people?” President of Turning Point USA Charlie Kirk wrote.
Adam Schiff just banned Republicans from an impeachment deposition
This is outrageous
Why are Democrats holding a private impeachment investigation?
If there was proof of wrongdoing, wouldnt they want to expose that to the American people?
RT if you are tired of this HOAX
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) October 14, 2019
After he was kicked out of the hearing, Gaetz told reporters that not being a part of the panels leading the inquiry should not prevent him from participating in the proceedings.
“I appeared just to participate, just to observe as a member of Congress, as a member of the Judiciary Committee. Traditionally the Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction overRead More – Source